Everyone is a writer. You are a writer. All over the world, in every culture, human beings have carved into stone, written on parchment, birch bark, or scraps of paper, and sealed into letters — their words. Pat Schneider, Writing Alone and with Others
Burren Creative Writing is dedicated to presenting Workshops that inspire our creative and artistic instinct to write. Open to all ages, skill levels and genres, the workshops focus on the writing we create during the meetings. If you are a beginning writer the workshops encourage you to find your writing voice and tell your story in a relaxed and informal environment. The more experienced writer will find an opportunity to achieve a different aspect or tone, and to experiment with craft.
Workshops in the awe-inspiring and beautiful surroundings of the Burren in west County Clare
Creative Writing Workshops take place in the awe-inspiring and beautiful surroundings of the Burren in west County Clare, and here words take flight and land on paper. They are based on the philosophy of Pat Schneider, who founded Amherst Writers and Artists in the 1970s, an organisation which has since developed an international following. Amherst writing is founded on the belief that everyone is a writer, and that each person has a unique voice. We support practiced and emerging voices through a proven workshop method.
Brenda Reilly MA is the director and facilitator at Burren Creative Writing, and she is a certified workshop leader and affiliate of Amherst Writers and Artists.
For the first thing a writer should be is – excited. If you have a story it is not hard to tell. Many people won’t believe it. But you can tell it straight and true.
And some time make the time to drive out west
Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore,
In September or October, when the wind
And the light are working off each other.
Great robe of liberation Field far beyond form and emptiness Wearing Writing Practice teachings Save all beings.
Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep writing. They are the ones who discover what is most important and strangest and most pleasurable in themselves, and keep believing in the value of their work, despite the difficulties.
Genius is hidden everywhere; it is in every person, waiting to be evoked, enabled, supported, celebrated. It is in you.