Tips for writing what you know at an online workshop hosted by the Kilmore Literary Festival

Author and creative writing teacher Eoghan Smith will present an online workshop ahead of the Write by the Sea literary festival taking place the last weekend in September.

To support and encourage emerging writers, the festival runs a series of webinars throughout the year and the next in the series is Smith’s workshop on “Finding Your Story: Writing What You Know and Writing What that you don’t know” on June 11 at 11 a.m.

According to the author, finding your story is the key to progressing as a writer. “Adjusting your powers of perception, knowing your limits and yet trusting your intuition about the mysteries that abound in life are the foundations of good writing.”

Eoghan Smith is the author of the novels The Failing Heart (2018) and A Provincial Death (2022). His other books include a monograph on John Banville and a co-edited collection of essays on Irish suburban literature and culture.

His essays and reviews have been widely published in publications such as The Irish Times and Dublin Review of Books, and he is a regular contributor to Books Ireland. He holds a PhD from Maynooth University and currently teaches creative writing at Carlow College, as well as other literature courses.

The two-hour workshop will be hosted on Zoom on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 11 a.m. There are a limited number of tickets left for writers looking to hone their craft. For more details and booking see www.writebythesea.ie.

“This highly hands-on, interactive workshop is guaranteed to help writers find their voice and their story, focusing on how to use the known and the unknown,” said festival president Lucy Moore.

Meanwhile, the closing date for entries for the festival’s three annual writing competitions is approaching. Registration closes at midnight on Friday, June 3. Whether you write poetry or fiction, there’s still time to sign up for www.writebythesea.ie/writing-competitions/. Detailed information is available on the website.

The winners will share a prize of €2,000 as well as a beautiful hand-sculpted trophy and the opportunity to have their work published on the festival website as well as being invited to read their work aloud during an awards ceremony.

The Write by the Sea 2022 festival will take place from September 23 to 25. One of the main aims of the festival is to support published and emerging writers. The event attracts the best Irish writers of all genres and brings quality literature to the community of Kilmore Quay and the many visitors who make up a large part of the public.