Munster Literature Centre
Ionad Litríochta an Deisceart

Fees-free Poetry Workshop

For Irish poets who have not had the privilege to study Creative Writing at Third Level

The Munster Literature Centre is offering a poetry workshop series for Irish poets who have not had the privilege to study Creative Writing at third level.

On offer is a series of six, weekly, 90 minute, Zoom-delivered, workshops beginning in February. Applicants will need a good internet connection to participate. The workshops will be given by the poet Patrick Cotter.

Workshops will be on a week-day evening on six consecutive weeks 7.00-8.30pm.

The six workshops will be on the following topics:

  • Purging clichés and heightening the music of language in your poems
  • Revising first drafts, with examples by Seamus Heaney and others
  • Generating new poems by ekphrasis
  • Writing the persona poem
  • Exploration of a number of different exercises and strategies for generating new poems
  • Awareness of the literary marketplace, the preparation of manuscripts and submissions

Industry average tuition fees of €120-€250 will be waived but successful candidates will be expected to subscribe to Southword (at a cost of €20). Participants will receive complementary copies of two issues of the literary journal Cyphers (valued at €14) and two recent collections of poetry (valued at €25). A maximum of eight places are on offer.

Applicants must submit in a single file, six of their best poems and a one-page letter which outlines how they believe they can benefit from this opportunity.

Read guidelines and submit on Submittable: