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February 2019

Novel Writing with Bernie McGill

9 February @ 10:00 am - 23 March @ 2:15 pm
The Playhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, 5-7 Artillery Street
Derry, BT48 6RG United Kingdom
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This 16 hour course will run on Saturday 9th & Saturday 23rd February and Saturday 9th & Saturday 23rd March 2019 from 10.00am-2.15pm each day at the Playhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Artillery Road, Derry. In this course, participants will look at: structuring work; writing openings with impact; developing setting; creating credible characters; selecting point of view; writing dialogue; editing and redrafting; outlets for completed work. You will be invited to take part in writing exercises to further develop your work and to share your writing with other class members. Suitable for committed writers who are beginning or developing a novel. Participants should come with a 250 word outline for a novel. Works-in-progress are welcomed. Bernie McGill is the author of Sleepwalkers, a collection of stories short-listed in 2014 for the Edge Hill short story prize, and of the novels The Butterfly Cabinet and The Watch House. She has been published in the UK, the US and in translation in Italy and in the Netherlands. Her short fiction has appeared in acclaimed anthologies The Long Gaze Back, The Glass Shore and Female Lines, and for the theatre she has written The Haunting of Helena Blunden and The Weather Watchers. She works as a professional mentor with the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin and…

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March 2019

Dropping Your Gaze: A Day of Mindfulness and Writing with Michelle Gibb and Bernie McGill in Castlerock

30 March @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Peter Thompson Pavilion Hall, 68 Freehall Road
Castlerock, BT51 4RA United Kingdom
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Please note that this particular workshop is open only to members of the U3A. Mindfulness is the practice of learning to be present.  It is also beneficial for calming the physical state of the body and quietening the mind. Whether you’re new to writing or have been writing for a while and are looking for a way to rejuvenate your approach, this day of guided mindfulness and writing exercises, led by two experienced facilitators, will refresh and enhance your writing skills and leave you with a simple toolkit that you can use in your everyday practice. Alongside focused writing exercises, you will learn: the importance of breath work and how to calm your breathing; how reducing the mind chatter can help centre your writing focus; a fifteen second calming technique; visualisation guidance and advice; short and simple brain gym exercises. All levels welcome. Bernie McGill is the author of two novels: The Watch House and The Butterfly Cabinet and of a short story collection, Sleepwalkers. She has worked for twenty-five years as a creative writing facilitator, is a Writer in Schools with Poetry Ireland and a Professional Mentor with the Irish Writers’ Centre. She is Writing Fellow with the Royal Literary Fund…

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April 2019

Bernie McGill & Sheena Wilkinson – Northern Irish Fiction Event at IWHC, Manchester

1 April @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way
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We are delighted to welcome two fantastic Northern Irish writers, Bernie McGill and Sheena Wilkinson, to share their work at the Irish World Heritage Centre, Manchester, on Monday 1st April. Bernie McGill is the author of Sleepwalkers, a collection of stories short-listed in 2014 for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, and of the novels The Butterfly Cabinet and The Watch House (a story of infidelity, secrets and murder in a small Irish island community, inspired by Marconi’s experiments in wireless telegraphy in the late nineteenth century). In 2012, Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey named The Butterfly Cabinet his novel of the year. She has been published in the UK, the US and in translation in Italy and in the Netherlands. Her short fiction has appeared in acclaimed anthologies The Long Gaze Back, The Glass Shore and Female Lines (all by New Island Books, Dublin), and for the theatre she has written, The Haunting of Helena Blunden and The Weather Watchers. She lives in Portstewart in Northern Ireland with her family, works as a professional mentor with the Irish Writers’ Centre and as a Writer in Schools for Poetry Ireland. She is currently Writing Fellow with the Royal Literary…

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In Sight of Rathlin Writing Workshops at Corrymeela, Ballycastle

13 April @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Corrymeela Ballycastle, 5 Drumaroan Road
Ballycastle, BT54 6QU United Kingdom
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A Day of Free Writing Workshops organised by Ballycastle Writers' Group at Corrymeela, Ballycastle. Special Guest – Joan Newmann 10am Meet and Greet  10.30am Choice of Three Workshops (1) Poetry with Kate Newmann (2) Poetry with Ruth Carr (3) Fiction Writing with Bernie McGill 12.30pm Lunch  1.30pm  Choice of Three Workshops (1) Poetry with Kate Newmann (2) Poetry with Ruth Carr (3) Fiction Writing with Bernie McGill 3.30pm Writers' Showcase These workshops are free to participants and can be booked via Ballycastle Writers' Group's Facebook Page  or by emailing Kerry Newcombe at kaslass@yahoo.co.uk. Participants are welcome to book into one or two workshops. Lunch is provided. The day will finish with a Writers' Showcase in which all participants are welcome to read a short piece of their work.

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May 2019

Creative Writing Workshop with Bernie McGill at Burnavon Arts Centre, Cookstown

11 May @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre, Burn Road
Cookstown, BT80 8DN United Kingdom
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A practical workshop on the everyday craft of writing, with the aim of sparking ideas for new work. All levels of experience welcome, from experienced writers to first-timers, poets and fiction writers alike. The workshop will be fully participative with attendees taking part in writing exercises throughout the morning. Come with writing materials and be prepared to write. Suitable for 16y+ Book online or Tel. Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre on 028 8676 9949 Bernie McGill is the author of two novels: The Watch House and The Butterfly Cabinet (named by Julian Fellowes as his novel of the year in 2012), and Sleepwalkers, a collection of short stories, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize in 2014.  

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