This Thursday evening, from 7pm-9pm on Zoom, we have a session that’s not to be missed. We’re kicking off with an exclusive Discussion with the renowned playwright, Jimmy Keary. Known for his captivating plays, Jimmy will be sharing his insights on crafting DIALOGUE and CONVERSATION for the stage. This is a golden opportunity for all our members to dive deep into the art of the dramatist, learning how to bring characters to life through authentic and engaging dialogue. Prepare your questions and get ready for an illuminating tutorial.
Following Jimmy’s tutorial, our session promises a variety of literary treats that showcase the talent and diversity within our Write-on community. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:
Short Stories: Get ready to be intrigued by ‘Mystery at Grange Hall 1’ by Alice Sheridan and transported to different realms with ‘Worlds Apart’ by Josephine McCann. The Oxford Dictionary provides the inspiration for Kathleen Phelan’s short story – a change of style from her familiar poetic works.
Poetry: Our poets, Brenda Silke, Mary Hawkshaw, and Deirdre Anne Gialamas, will be enchanting us with verses ranging from the contemplative to the whimsical .
Old Sayings: Mary Hodson will share some ‘Sayings and Riddles’, offering a dose of wisdom and wit.
Song: Grit Metsch will present ‘Traveller’, a melody that takes the heart on a journey of love.
Launch: And, a momentous occasion as we discuss the upcoming launch arrangements for Olga Peters’ A Normal Couple.
Finally, a reminder that the deadline for submissions for our Write-on Anthology 2025 is fast approaching – 31 May 2024. This is a chance for all members to contribute and be a part of our collective legacy.
Our thriving community has been further energised by the influx of new members, each bringing their unique voice and perspective. Let’s make the most of this vibrant dynamic by actively participating and supporting each other’s creative endeavours. Remember, the deadline for ‘Mug of the Month’ entries is fast approaching on the 25th of February, and for those aiming to be featured in the 2025 Anthology, mark your calendars for the 31st of May deadline.
Join us this Thursday for an evening filled with creativity, inspiration, and community spirit. Whether you’re a long-standing member or new to the fold, your voice is valued here. Let’s continue to support and inspire each other on our creative journeys.
‘A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.’ – Richard Bach
WRITING TIP OF THE DAY: Dialogue in writing should be concise and impactful. It must advance the story or develop the character, not just fill space. Listen to real conversations to capture the rhythm and nuance of authentic speech.
For further information or support, you can contact Frank at 0862269330.
We look forward to seeing you on Zoom this Thursday evening from 7pm-9pm!
Join us on this vibrant November night as the Write-on community gathers for an engaging session filled with new literary pieces that promise to stir the soul and ignite the imagination. Here’s what we have in store for the evening:
“The Mare” by James Berry Through Mártan Ó Ciardha’s narrative prowess, James Berry’s tale emerges from the shadows of history. Set against the stark aftermath of the Great Famine, this story weaves a connection through time, tethered by the voice of an ancestor and the echoes of survival.
“The Site” by Joanne Dowling Dowling’s piece offers a profound connection to the land, peeling back the soil of the present to reveal the rich history beneath. It’s a journey into the heart of heritage, where every layer holds a story waiting to be told.
“The Lady in the Blue Dress” by Mary Hodson A figure shrouded in the mystery of local legend steps forward in Hodson’s narrative. This story blurs the lines between the seen and the unseen, the known and the mysterious, compelling us to look closer at the whispers of folklore that color our existence.
“Finding a Cure (Working title)” by Frank Fahy Fahy brings forth a piece that navigates the depths of human emotion and the quest for healing in a world that’s both beautiful and scarred by the trials of life.
“Scent of a Sinner” by Seamus Keogh In Keogh’s verses, we find a poignant examination of human frailty and the redemptive power of embracing one’s own imperfections.
“A Falling” by Mary Hawkshaw Hawkshaw captures the ephemeral nature of moments slipping through our fingers, urging readers to grasp the beauty of the transient.
“Talking to a Bird” by Mary Hawkshaw A dialogue between human and nature unfolds in this piece, where Hawkshaw reveals the wisdom and solace found in our feathered companions’ song.
A Gathering of Minds
Our session extends beyond the written word, as it’s also an evening of connection and discussion. We welcome the insightful commentary of our members and the shared joy of celebrating each new publication.
We are especially excited for the upcoming reception in the Cuban Hotel to honour Mary Rose Tobin for her triumph at the Hanna Greally International Short Story Award—a milestone for both her and the Write-on community. The event starts at 3:00pm. It promises a symphony of words and melodies, with the accompanying talents of Grit Metsch and Bill Geoghegan, adding a harmonious backdrop to our festivities.
For more details on tonight’s session and other Write-on events, please visit our website at www.write-on.ie.
Keep the Conversation Going
Remember, our Write-on sessions are a weekly affair, every Thursday from 7 pm to 9 pm. Let’s continue to weave narratives and craft verses that resonate and remain, long after the evening ends.
Note: For any inquiries or submissions for the next session or newsletter, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a fusion of literary enchantment and vibrant celebration, Write-on proudly presents the grand launch of ‘A Father’s Love and Other Stories’, the stirring collection of twenty-two short stories penned by the gifted Frank Fahy! The event is taking place at Súil Eile Coffee and Wellness Centre, nestled in the charming heart of Barna on Wednesday, June 14. Be sure to join us from 4pm to 6pm for an event that promises to be nothing short of spectacular!
✨This is no ordinary book launch. It’s an explosion of creativity!💫 Our eclectic schedule features readings from the book, poetry performances, the strumming of guitars, and soulful singing! Prepare to be captivated and charmed as Frank’s writing springs to life against a backdrop of musical harmonies. The ‘craic’ will be mighty indeed, and you won’t want to miss a minute!
☕️Come early, get comfy with a warm cup of coffee, and be one of the first to purchase a freshly minted hardback or paperback book. A treasure in itself, every copy will be signed by Frank himself!
📚But wait, there’s more!
🎂Coincidentally, our event is sharing the limelight with Frank’s 70th birthday! Yes, amidst all the enchanting stories and melodious tunes, there will undoubtedly be a hearty chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’ when the singing begins!
🔖Here’s the best part. Write-on is a not-for-profit group, and every cent from the sales of these books goes directly back to our organisation. Your support doesn’t just get you a fantastic book, it keeps the Write-on engine running, enabling future publications and fostering writing activities. 📝
So, let’s gather to honor the talent of Frank, support Write-on, and enjoy an unforgettable celebration! Mark your calendars for Wednesday 14 June and be a part of literary history in the making!
This week sees a surge in Short Stories – some old and some new – from Mary Rose, James, Elizabeth, and Frank.
We have several new poems as well featuring Kathleen, Elizabeth, Ciara, Thomas, and Emily. The old Leaving Cert Question ‘COMPARE AND CONTRAST’ will be resurrected to discuss a set of poems. First, we will look at FRIENDSHIP and contrast it with WILTING POINT. Then we will compare THE PASSING YEAR with SUMMER SYMPHONY. How do the poets present similar or contrasting themes?
Song number 3 in the Quintet from Michael and Christine O’Dowd is called BLUER THAN THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS. These songs are produced to the highest quality by the O’Dowd family and are a highlight of our weekly meetings.
Of course, the WOWO list is never complete until the session opens at 7pm on Thursday – there are usually some surprises in store.
Short Story Seville Oranges Mary Rose Tobin
Short Story Ennisdrum James Conway
Short StoryJimmy Brady Frank Fahy
Short Story A Fateful Meeting Elizabeth Hannon
Poem Metamorphosis Kathleen Phelan
Poem Friendship Thomas MacMahon
Poem Driving License Kathleen Phelan
Poem The Passing Year Elizabeth Hannon
Poem Wilting Point Emily Hanrahan
Poem Summer Symphony Ciara Keogh
Song Bluer than the Blue Ridge Mountain Michael and Christine O’Dowd
Please note that this week’s session will start at 7:30pm and not at the usual time of 7:00pm. This is due to circumstances beyond our control. Our weekly Thursday sessions will commence at 7:00pm for the remainder of the season.
WOWO (What’s On Write-on)
1 September 2022
Welcome New Members
Introduction to published Write-on books
Mary Rose Tobin
A Quick Look at PowerPoint Tutorials
The making of Pecking Order
Non-fiction:When I Get Older…
Brian Thomas Ó hÚrdail
Poetry Book:Of Dandelions and Crooked Lines –– a celebration of published book
Write-on Culture Night 2022 –– update on preparations for even on 23 September