Writing workshop in Glenville Park

[Update: date change, see below] If you’re a writer in the Cork area, you might be interested to know about a one-day creative writing workshop taking place in the atmospheric setting of Glenville Park, about 12 miles from Cork city.

Laura McKenna

It’s being facilitated by my writing group pal Laura McKenna who, hand on heart, is the reason that I am writing today. About four years ago, I tentatively joined a writing class that Laura was running and I haven’t looked back since. A wonderful, kind and insightful teacher, she has just completed a PhD in Creative Writing at UCC. Her work has been published in numerous journals and newspapers. Her awards include the Penguin Ireland/RTE Guide Short Story Prize, and two shortlistings for the Hennessy Awards in poetry.

Glenville Park is an historic country house near the village of Glenville, north Cork. I took part in Laura’s workshop there a few years ago, and had such a great day. The house is fascinating, and every room is packed with items that could spark an idea. As well as quiet spaces to write, we were served a lovely lunch in the dining room, and had time in the afternoon to explore the extensive grounds, which are not generally open to the public. And we were so well looked after by our hostess, Silvia Bence-Jones.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • Coffee in the drawing room at 10am. Silvia Bence-Jones, owner of Glenville Park, will give a tour of the house after which the guided writing workshop begins, led by Laura McKenna
  • Light lunch
  • In the afternoon there will be time for private writing — find a nook in the house or garden — and a further workshop session ending at 4pm

It is suitable for writers of all abilities, including beginners, and offers an opportunity to write and take inspiration from a unique setting.

The workshop takes place in June (date TBC), 10am-4pm. It costs €65, which includes lunch and tour. For bookings and further information, contact Silvia Bence-Jones on 086 845 3539 or email silviabencejones@hotmail.com.

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