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Creative writing – the pleasure of poetry

This workshop is now cancelled

Tutor: Frank Golden

Timeline: 5 consecutive Wednesdays starting from May 5th 2021 from 19.00  -20.30 pm (GMT)


This course is aimed principally at those who have written a little poetry in the past, but perhaps not for some time, or for those commencing their exploration of poetry as a sense-making and absorbing art practice.

The principal emphasis will be on getting course participants to write original poems. There will be writing exercises conducted in class facilitating the opening up of the creative subconscious, and writing assignments to be completed between classes. Maintaining a writing journal will also be encouraged.


The focus of this course is on the development of writing skills, with an emphasis on the student’s own work while at the same time highlighting contemporary models. A group email will be established for the sharing of work. Participants will be expected to write up short critiques of each other’s work. Writers write but they also read. Suggestions for further reading will come from both the facilitator and from course participants.

Tutor Bio:

Frank Golden is a Clare-based poet, novelist, and visual artist. He has published five books of poems, the most recent of which is Gotta Get A Message To You (Salmon Poetry) described by Afric McGlinchy as “rhapsodic..the emotional punch hits dead centre” and Golden as “a poet to get excited about”. His second novel The Night Game (Salmon Fiction) “A challenging, transgressive and gripping read, a chilling portrait of one woman’s personal hell.” Declan Burke/The Irish Examiner. A new book of poems If You Tolerate This is due out in 2021. Two new novels are currently being finalised The Immuners and Walk. He has received awards and bursaries from the Film Board and the Irish Arts Council, the most recent being a Literature Bursary 2020 and a Professional Development Award2020. He is Director of the Creative Writing Programme at the Burren College of Art, and lives in the Oughtmama Valley in North Clare.