Spring Adult Writers Workshop Announced

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As part of our on-going commitment to Kilkenny writers, Kilkenny Arts Office would like to announce their adult Spring 2022 Writers Workshops.


Character Development and Story Structure

Tutor: Ken Bourke

Dates: Tuesday Evenings, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th March

Time: Tuesdays, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Duration: 5 weeks

Venue: The Barrack Room, The Hub at Cillin Hill, Co. Kilkenny

Cost:  €60 or €45 concession rate


Course Outline

In this five-week course, Ken will use well-known stories to explore the relationship between character development and story structure.  He will explore the natural patterns that underlie storytelling in all its forms, in fiction, fairy-tales, and novels, and in scripts for the stage and screen.  He will show how structure and character are formed by the elements of time, place, physical activity, mental activity, and emotional process.  Throughout the five weeks, participants will be encouraged to experiment with their approach to structure and character as they pursue their own artistic goals.

Ken Bourke has had plays produced by theatre companies all over Ireland, as well as writing for television and creating feature articles for newspapers and magazines.

In Kilkenny, Barnstorm Theatre Company has produced his plays Wild Harvest, The Comer Story, The Ballad of Rory Roe, and Little Rudolf.   Also in Kilkenny, his play The Lost Prince was produced by Equinox Theatre Company, and he has worked with Barnstorm and Devious Theatre Company as script-editor on a number of projects. He is an experienced group-facilitator and a member of the Writers-in-Schools Scheme.  He has hosted workshops in various aspects of creative writing under the auspices of arts organisations around Ireland.

Deadline for Bookings is 4pm Wednesday 23rd February

Deadline for payment is 3pm Monday 25th Febraury

Participants are expected to sign up and commit to the 5 weeks course. There is a nominal fee of €60 / €45 concession to secure your place in the course. Places are limited to 12 participants per course so please book early to avoid disappointment.


To secure a place on the above course please contact

Deirdre Southey, Kilkenny Arts Office

Email; deirdre.southey@kilkennycoco.ie

P: 0567794547


Payment details: when you have made your booking, payment must be made through the Motor Tax Office, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny, tel. 056-779 4229.  Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9.10am – 1pm.  Card payments can be made over the phone or payment can also be made by cash.




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