Brenda Reilly has an honours degree in English and History, and a first-class Masters in English Literature. She has a great love for writing and the creative process, believing that everyone can benefit from the transformative power of writing. Having trained as a writing workshop leader in Philadelphia, USA, she became an Affiliate of Amherst Writers and Artists, and now facilitates creative writing workshops in the beautiful and inspirational surroundings of the Burren in West Clare.

“I really enjoyed studying and writing in the academic style, but there was something else calling me. I wanted to go further into the idea of writing creatively. I am an avid reader and occasional writer, just that and no more! Having attended creative writing workshops over many winters, I decided to explore the process further. So I travelled to Philadelphia where I completed a training programme with Amherst Writers and Artists, and became a certified workshop leader. What a revelation that was! To learn new skills to support and nurture creative writing for both the beginning writer and the more experienced was wonderful.

Burren Creative Wrting-026That training led to a blaze of life, a lifting of shadow and a flowering determination to share the belief in the transformation that comes about in all of us when we write. I live in the Burren, in County Clare, and its ancient stones, windswept beauty, hidden hills and stony tracks are the perfect backdrop for our writing journeys.

I hope you will enjoy writing with me here in this beautiful part of Ireland, where I feel sure you will find and share your imagination, your dreams and your writer’s voice.”

Whether your purpose for writing is artistic expression, communication with friends and family, the healing of the inner life, or achieving public recognition for your art — the foundation is the same: the claiming of yourself as an artist/writer and the strengthening of your writing voice through practice, study, and helpful response from other writers. Pat Schneider, Writing Alone and With Others