New writing workshops for Belleek and Enniskillen

Monica Cornish.

WORKSHOP… Monica Cornish

WRITING WORKSHOPS with an award winning author are taking place during May in Belleek and Enniskillen.

And if there is sufficient interest it is hoped these workshops could become a regular fixture in the local calendar.

Award-winning writer and AWA certified writing group leader Monica Corish will lead ‘The Craft of Writing on Saturday May 24, from10.30 to 5.30 pm, Fermanagh House, Enniskillen.

This workshop will include innovative writing exercises and structured explorations of the craft of fiction, creative non-fiction and memoir. Monica will also lead a poetry workshop in Kinlough on Saturday, May 17.

If there is sufficient interest, these workshops will become regular events.

Places on all workshops are limited, so early booking is advised. To learn more about the workshops and about early-pay concessions, go to, or contact Monica on 00353-87-64185.

Until 2008 Monica Corish was a part-time writer and a full-time nurse and health advisor with overseas development agencies in Africa.

Since 2008 she has concentrated full-time on writing, leading writing workshops and one-to-one mentoring.

In 2009 she was a Featured Poet in The Stinging Fly literary magazine. She has been awarded writing bursaries by the Arts Council of Ireland, the Belfast-based Arts and

Disability Forum, and Leitrim Arts Office. She was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Awards for both fiction and poetry, and she won the 2013 North West Words Poetry Prize. Her first collection of poetry, Slow Mysteries, was published by Doghouse Books in 2012.

Monica has studied with a number of writers, including Greagoir O Duill, Paula Meehan, Brian Leyden and Dermot Healy.

She is certified to lead workshops in the Amherst Writers and Artists  method, as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider.

One writer who attends Monica’s workshops said, “I have been in writing groups in the past that were not so expertly directed as this one, groups that drifted nowhere in particular, and I soon dropped out of them. I’ll be staying with this writers’ workshop.”

And another writer with whom Monica worked one-to-one had this to say:

“Monica’s mentoring was affirming and technically rigorous – just the right balance, which is so hard to find. It allowed me to come back to my work with renewed energy, enthusiasm and direction.”


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