Irish Writers Centre Cavan Workshops


Irish Writers Centre Cavan Literary Programme


As part of the Irish Writers Centre’s national brief, the centre is delighted to be working with Cavan County Council in such a comprehensive way to deliver our services to local writers in the Cavan area. The IWC Cavan Literary Programme was launched on Wednesday 17 May 2017 at 6pm in the Townhall Arts Space Cavan.


  • The programme was launched with an information session hosted by Valerie Bistany of the Irish Writers Centre and Catríona O'Reilly of Cavan County Council Arts Office who also discussed the upcoming courses that the Centre is providing in County Cavan, for the coming year. More courses will be offered in 2018. Information on the services and resources offered to beginners, emerging and established writers by the Centre was provided and there was the opportunity to become a Professional Member of the Centre.


  • The information session was followed by one-on-one Creative Clinics with well-known Irish writers Pat Boran, Mia Gallagher and Brendan O'Brien. The Creative Clinics gave 15 minutes each to potential writers who could bring along some sample material and received constructive criticism on their work or received information and advice about the publishing industry.


  • Finally there was a 45 minute creative writing taster with Louise Phillips.



Courses offered by the Irish Writers Centre Cavan Literary Programme

More courses will be added in 2018


Introduction to Blogwriting with Ketty Elisabeth

Sat 8 July

10.30am-4.30pm - Johnston Library, Farnham Street, Cavan.


Edit your Book with Brian Langan

Sat 16 Sept

10.30am to 4.30pm - Johnston Library, Farnham Street, Cavan.


Writing for Radio with Brian Leyden –

Sat 7, 14, 21, 28 Oct - 10.30am - 1.30pm - The Backyard, Moynehall, Cavan



The Irish Writers Centre

The national resource centre for Irish literature. The IWC supports and promotes writers at all stages of their development, and runs a diverse programme of writing courses and workshops led by established writers across a range of forms and genres. Last year marked the Centre’s 25th anniversary which was celebrated through significant projects including A Poet’s Rising and the newly released anthology Beyond the Centre with New Island Books (November, 2016). The IWC has welcomed many award-winning writers through its doors, including Nobel, Costa, Man Booker & IMPAC winners.


Minister Heather Humphries pictured here outside the Dáil with members of Cavan County Council, The Irish Writers Centre, The Arts Council and independent writers. Together they launched the programme for the Literary Series which begins in Cavan on Wednesday 17 May and continues throughout the year.


L-R: Sinead O’Reilly The Arts Council; Ger Finn Cavan County Council; County Manager Tommy Ryan; Rhonda Tidy Cavan Arts; Valerie Bistany Director of the Irish Writers Centre; Crime Writer Louise Phillips; Minister Heather Humphries, Blog Writer Ketty Elizabeth; Fiction Writer Mia Gallagher; Cathaoirleach Cavan County Council Fergal Curtain.


About the Writers



Blogwriting with Ketty Elisabeth

Ketty Elisabeth is the author, editor and eater behind French Foodie in Dublin, the multi-award winning blog about Dublin’s food scene. This introductory level course is aimed at anyone who has ever wanted to start a blog and not known where to start, or started a blog and not known how to grow it. Participants will be provided with advice on getting started, from finding your niche and choosing the right platform to expanding your audience and learning to stand out from the crowd.



Edit your Book with Brian Langan

Brian Langan is an editor at Transworld/Doubleday Ireland, an imprint of Penguin Random House. He works with both fiction and non-fiction, with authors including Donal Ryan, Shane Connaughton, Ciaran McMenamin and Colm O’Regan. Brian is also a published author and is currently writing his second novel.



Writing for Radio with Brian Leyden

Brian Leyden is author of the best-selling memoir The Home Place, the novel Death and Plenty and most recently, Sweet Old World: New & Selected Stories. He is a past winner of the RTÉ Radio 1 Francis MacManus Award, has written for BBC Radio 4, and has had numerous writings featured on Sunday Miscellany, the Doc on One (RTÉ Radio 1) and The Quiet Quarter (Lyric FM).



Pat Boran is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction as well as the popular writers’ handbook, The Portable Creative Writing Workshop. A former presenter of The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1, he is currently editor at Dedalus Press.



Mia Gallagher’s debut novel HellFire (Penguin Ireland, 2006) was widely acclaimed and received the Irish Tatler Literature Award (2007). She won the START award in 2005 and has been shortlisted for Hennessy, Fish and Trevor/Bowen Awards. Mia’s new novel Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland was published by New Island Books in 2016 to critical acclaim.



Louise Phillips is the bestselling author of psychological crime thrillers, Red Ribbons, The Doll’s House (Winner of the 2013 Irish Crime Fiction Book of the Year), Last Kiss and The Game Changer.



Brendan O Brien has worked in publishing for 28 years, and his work comprises editing, writing, rewriting, proofreading, indexing, research and project management. He has worked as a freelance non-fiction editor for O'Brien Press, Royal Irish Academy, Cambridge University Press and Collins Press.



€5 per session recommended donation

For Bookings see the Irish Writers Centre website:



To speak to the arts office call 049 4378549 or email



Programme presented by Cavan County Council Arts Office in association with the Irish Writers Centre with support from the Arts Council.






28 Jun 2017

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