Stinging Fly Fiction Workshops
“It’s the best writing course I’ve done, and I’ve done a few, including a Masters. The group worked because of the quality of the criticism and there were no door-size egos. Without doubt everybody’s work improved during the course and the work was good to start with. The one-to-one sessions were instrumental and in-depth. The guest speakers were unholy and brilliant. The course is definitely a leg up (or a kick in the arse) on the finicky road to completing the first novel.”
“What is outstanding about this course is the generosity, both in terms of time and close attention, with which every submission was discussed by Sean and the rest of the group. Sean’s instincts were unerring, his suggestions helpful, and the energy with which he engaged with each participant was remarkable. An atmosphere was soon established in which as much could be learned by critically engaging with the work of every other member as from feedback on one’s own work.”
—feedback from participants on the Stinging Fly 6-month Fiction Workshop
Are you writing a novel or short-story collection? Do you feel you would benefit from a relationship with a group of others engaged in the same process?
One of our fiction workshops led by novelist and short-story writer Sean O’Reilly might be for you.
– Places offered based on work submitted
– No more than ten places offered
– During the workshops, each writer presents work-in-progress to the group for discussion.
– All work is shared in advance and is closely read by the workshop leader and the other participants.
Summer Fiction Workshops
in association with the Irish Writers Centre
Supported by Words Ireland
Our popular week-long summer fiction workshops return for a third year in 2017 – and this year one of them is being held in Galway. These are intensive daytime workshops during which each writer’s work comes up for in-depth discussion twice. Also included are three sessions on aspects of narrative prose by guest speakers, including the editors of The Stinging Fly.
June 26-30 Galway Arts Centre
July 10-14 Irish Writers Centre
Cost of workshop: €325
Applications have now closed for the Summer Fiction Workshops.
6-month Fiction Workshop
in association with The Irish Writers Centre
October – March (exact dates to be announced)
For the 6-month workshop, participants meet once a week (on Monday evenings at the Irish Writers Centre) over a six-month period. At each evening workshop, two participants will present their work in progress (a draft of a short story or novel excerpt) to the rest of the group for close scrutiny.
Alongside the weekly workshops, on four Saturdays during the period, there will be a series of specialist talks on issues around the process of writing and the imagination. Previous guest speakers have included Evelyn Conlon, Gavin Corbett, Mia Gallagher, Michael Harding, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Claire Keegan, Lisa McInerney, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Conor O’Callaghan, Keith Ridgway and Peter Sheridan.
The call-out for applications for our 2017-18 Fiction Workshop will be made in May 2017.
Cost of workshop: €1500 (payable in instalments)
Sean O’Reilly’s published work includes Curfew and Other Stories, the novels Love and Sleep and The Swing of Things (all with Faber and Faber), and Watermark (with The Stinging Fly Press). Sean has a wealth of experience facilitating fiction workshops, as Writer-in-Residence with Fingal County Council, Dublin City Council and IADT/Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council amongst others. He currently teaches on the MFA Programme at the American College Dublin and in the Irish Writers Centre.