December 6, 2022

Booking Now Open for Creative Writing Classes in January 202

These eight creative writing workshops are for writers who want to make the best of their writing potential. Writers will produce new and imaginative work each week in a relaxed environment.

Whatever your style, genre or experience, you will explore your writing voice with exercises that trigger your creativity. This workshop is for writers at any stage of their writing who need a creative boost.

At each session, the group will examine a different component of creative writing, including: Location, Plot, Character, Dialogue, Era, Genre, Point of view, and Show don’t tell. The course will help you to focus on you as a writer and will leave you with achievable goals to continue your writing journey.


Tutor Details

‚ÄčCarolann Copland

Carolann Copland is an author and creative writing facilitator from Knocklyon in Dublin. She lives and works between Ireland and Spain. She writes contemporary and historical fiction and has published two novels, Summer Triangle and Scarred. Her third novel, Mosaic, is due out in November 2022. Carolann worked for twenty years as a teacher but now works full-time in writing. She has been facilitating adult and children’s writing workshops and retreats in Ireland and Spain for over ten years through Carousel Writers.

She has run workshops, delivered talks, interviewed other writers, and given readings at many literary festivals, book shows, schools, and libraries. She has written articles for magazines and newspapers, and compiled anthologies for adult and child writers. She founded The CAP Awards in 2017. (The Carousel Aware Prize for Independent


Carolann has a BEd in English and drama. Apart from her hometown of Dublin, she has lived in the United Arab Emirates, the UK and Spain. Outside writing, her interests include reading, travelling, theatre, and socializing with family and friends. She is married with three grown up daughters.

‚ÄčKathryn Crowley

Kathryn Crowley lives in Knocklyon. She writes short fiction, autofiction and memoir.

Kathryn has had short stories published in the anthologies “A Pint and a Haircut,” “Selfies and Portraits” and “Pure Slush.” “Sweaters and Small Stuff” was her first published collection of short stories. Her second collection “Room for One More” contains memoir and fiction. Her stories and flash fiction have featured in the Jonathan Swift Award, the Writers; Village International Short Fiction Award, the Retreat West Award among others. She currently works as editor and education specialist with Emu Ink Publishing.

She has facilitated writing workshops with children and adults for a number of years and enjoys helping writers to find their writing voice.

Find out more information and book a place at

December 6, 2022

Retreat West Microfiction, November 2022

The Retreat West Microfiction competition is great fun!

Early in the month a prompt is given and submissions are invited with a one week submission window. The pieces must be exactly 100 words.

In November, the prompt was 'Shine.' I encouraged the writers, many who are beginning their writing journey, in the writing class I co-facilitate with my great friend Carolann Copland in Knocklyon Adult Education to submit to the competition and was thrilled so many of them took up the challenge.

I was lucky enough to win the People's Prize with my piece 'I Polished All Our Shoes on Saturday Evenings.'

Read it and the other winners on the website.

December 6, 2022

Ruby Literary Press

Ruby is a bi-annual literary magazine that publishes short-form food narratives that strive for voice, artistry, and character.

I'm so happy to have two pieces

'My Mother’s Sunday Lunch'


'Eating with my Mother in her Ovarian Cancer Kitchen'

inlcluded in Issue Two, Fall/Winter 2022.