Summer School Pass


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Five concession places are available in each strand for those who are currently unwaged. These are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Early-bird prices are available until July 3rd.

The Fiction and Non-Fiction Groups are now fully booked.


The Stinging Fly Summer School 2020 is going online!

Taking place over five days, the 2020 Summer School will incorporate three stands: fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. From Monday to Thursday, each strand will have a dedicated online class, hosted each day by a different guest writer. The writer will select a text for the class, and lead the group in a close-reading and discussion of that text.

Each afternoon, all participants will have an opportunity to attend a Q&A session with one of the guest writers. On the final day, we’ll have an opportunity for all the groups to get together for a ‘Meet The Editors’ event, and to reflect on the events of the week.

  • Monday 13th to Friday 17th JULY 2020
  • 3 Close-Reading Groups meeting daily (Monday to Thursday)
  • Maximum of 20 participants per group (fiction/poetry/non-fiction)
  • Plenary sessions each day featuring Guest Author Q&As (Monday to Thursday)
  • Final plenary sessions on Friday to review the week, plus Q&A with Editors
  • All sessions will be conducted through Zoom video conferencing.

The main focus this year will be to explore the benefits of close reading. We want to give you the opportunity to think differently about your own creative process and practice through engagement with other published texts.  We’ve invited a stellar line-up of writers working across the different literary forms to select and share work that has been important to their own development. 

You are invited to sign up to join one of our three groups: poetry, non-fiction, or fiction. 

Each day, Monday to Thursday, our guest writers and poets will lead the groups through a one hour-long close-reading seminar.

10.30am – 11.30am Group 1: Poetry
11.30am – 12.30pm Group 2: Non-fiction
2.00pm – 3.00pm Group 3: Fiction

Each afternoon, Monday to Thursday, all three groups will come together for a moderated Q&A discussions with prominent authors.

3.30pm – 4.30pm Q&A with Guest Author or Editor

Writers and facilitators include Colette Bryce, Brian Dillon, Wendy Erskine, Martina Evans, Arnold Thomas Fanning, Mia Gallagher, Caelainn Hogan, Roisin Kiberd, Fran Lock, Danielle McLaughlin, Sean O’Reilly and Stephen Sexton. Throughout the week, an additional writer will be assigned to each group: Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe (poetry); Ian Maleney (non-fiction); and Thomas Morris (fiction). These three writers will be the main point of contact for group members during the summer school.

On Friday morning, the three groups will come together with guest writers to review the week and to discuss the importance of reading. This will be followed by a Meet the Editorspanel event on Friday afternoon, in which Stinging Fly editors, past and present, discuss their experiences and answer participants’ questions.

Summer School Pass: €120

Early Bird Rate: €100 (available until July 3rd)

Unwaged Rate: €60 (5 places are available at this rate on a first come first served basis.)

Additional information

Study Strand

Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction


Full Price, Early Bird, Concession