Previous Events

Below is a retrospective of writing and poetry courses, workshops and events that I have delivered from 2016.

You might also be interested in the courses that I offer on birds and evolution. To view these, check out my calendar page on www.songbirdsignbird.com.

 

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Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

ADVANCED POETRY        10am-4pm, Saturday 20 May 2017

This one-day workshop is for those who are already writing poetry.

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We explore the poet’s art and craft, examining how poetic form and language work together to make a successful poem. Creative exercises will prompt you to produce your own work in a supportive environment.

If you would like to have previous work critiqued, please bring 10 copies of your poem (40 line limit).

 

WRITING OURSELVES: A one-day Creative Writing Workshop for Beginners / Returners

You may have a great desire to write but don’t know how or where to start; or you may simply want to explore your creativity through writing. In this ONE DAY workshop, we play with our imagination and dreams. We challenge our fears – of the blank page, of feeling foolish, of failure. We charm our inner critic, giving ourselves permission to write with courage and trust so we can persist with creative enchantment into our so-called real lives.

10am – 4pm, Saturday 29 April 2017

 

Reading and Writing Nature Poetry

This one-day Nature Poetry workshop is a chance to contemplate both our rich tradition of nature poetry and contemporary voices of ecopoetry. We explore poetry’s art and craft through creative exercises that will deepen your own experience of nature. This will help develop your natural poetic voice through constructive individual feedback in a supportive environment.

Saturday 25 March 2017, 10am – 4pm

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WRITERS IN SCHOOLS

Poetry Ireland WIS Author Week Reading and workshop in the Model School, Belfast, 25 Oct 2016

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At First Steps Women’s Centre, Dungannon:

CREATIVE WRITING

A six week course, 12:30 to 2:30pm, from Wednesday 18 January to 1 March 2017 (mid-term break 15 February)

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STRANMILLIS COLLEGE, LIFELONG LEARNING, Belfast

 

WILD WRITING           A six-week course

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Is your language too tame? Do your ideas need to be set free? Why don’t you liberate them and let them prowl across the page? This rule-breaking creative writing course will encourage you to explore the untamed borders of your desires and fears, to express your inner voice, to release the long-smothered cry of your wilderness. You’ll be supported in a friendly, safe environment to explore beyond comfort zones and tune into language that can electrify, stun and move. All you need is pen and paper and a willingness to be wild! Beginners welcome.

Tutor: Dr Mary Montague, PhD PGCE
27 April 2017 – 01 June 2017
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Duration: 6 Weeks
Cost: £52.00
Location: Central
Code: LIT216

Recommended Reading: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

 

WRITING POETRY

Whether you’re already writing poetry or would like to start, this four-week Poetry Writing course is a chance to explore its art and craft. We will explore what makes a successful poem through close reading of a range of poems. These discussions and other stimulating activities and creative exercises will be used to prompt you to produce your own work and give you the opportunity to get constructive individual feedback in a supportive environment.

Recommended Reading: Staying Alive: real poems for unreal times, by Neil Astley (Bloodaxe)

10.00am – 12.00noon, Wednesday, 4 weeks
16th November – 7th December 2016

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FIRST STEPS IN CREATIVE WRITING  

Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced writer, this six-week Creative Writing course will help you get your brilliant ideas out of your head and on to the page. We start by looking at how to overcome the fear of the blank page. We explore how to energise and structure written language.

We look at form and how to develop character and plot. We also discuss how to avoid problems and pitfalls. Through constructive individual feedback in a supportive environment, you will learn the ways of drafting and crafting that will make your own writing captivating.

10.00am – 12.00noon, Wed, 6 weeks.

5 October – 9 November 2016.

Recommended Reading: The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story, edited by Anne Enright, (Granta Books 2011)

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Signs and Wonders: Reading and Writing the Poetry of Birds

Flitting through our minds, settling in our imagination, in omens and augury, birds have been part of human artistic expression from ancient times. Poetry provides a natural environment for a diverse and expanding community of species that appear as symbols and metaphors, sing of belonging and yearning, and let our dreams take flight. This course explores the relationship between poetry and birds with close reading and discussion of a wide range of classic and contemporary poems. There will also be the opportunity to produce and gain feedback of your own work written out of observation and listening exercises. Beginners welcome.

10.00am – 12.00noon, Monday, 6 weeks.

11th April – 23rd May 2016. No class Monday, 2nd June

Recommended reading: The Poetry of Birds, Simon Armitage and Tim Dee, Penguin

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THE MARKETPLACE THEATRE AND ARTS CENTRE, Armagh:

CREATIVE WRITING (26 Jan-2 March 2017 & 13 Oct – 17 Nov 2016)

This six-week Creative Writing course is for those who want to develop their creative writing skills. Looking at both fiction and non-fiction, we explore how to bring ideas and images to life. We examine ways of energising and structuring written language and how to develop character and plot. We also discuss how to avoid problems and pitfalls. Through supportive and constructive feedback, you will learn the ways of drafting and crafting to make your own writing captivating.

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WRITING OURSELVES ( 8 October 2016; 21 January 2017; 10am-4pm)

You may have a great desire to write but don’t know how or where to start; or you may simply want to explore your creativity through writing. In this ONE DAY workshop, we play with our imagination and dreams. We challenge our fears – of the blank page, of feeling foolish, of failure. We charm our inner critic, giving ourselves permission to write with courage and trust so we can persist with creative enchantment into our so-called real lives.

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ADVANCED POETRY
This one-day workshop is for those who are already writing poetry. We explore the poet’s art and craft, examining how poetic form and language work together to make a successful poem. These discussions and other stimulating activities and creative exercises will be used to prompt you to produce your own work in a supportive environment.

You may also wish to have previous work critiqued during the workshop.

For this opportunity, please register promptly so that you may send your poem (40 line limit) as an attachment to marymontague.writer@gmail.com by 25 Nov 2016.

SAT 3 DEC 2016 | 10.00AM – 4.00PM |

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Poetry writing workshop

SAT 6 FEB 2016| 10.00AM – 4.00PM | £16.00 & £14.00 [CONC]

Whether you’re already writing poetry or would like to start, this one-day Poetry Writing Workshop is a chance to explore its art and craft. We will explore what makes a successful poem through close reading of a range of poems. These discussions and other stimulating activities and creative exercises will be used to prompt you to produce your own work and give you the opportunity to get constructive individual feedback in a supportive environment.

Max No: 12 | Tutor: Mary Montague

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Creative Writing

Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced writer, this four-week Creative Writing course will help you get your brilliant ideas out of your head and onto the page [or screen!]. We explore how to mine memory and imagination for plot and character, how to energise and structure written language, and how to avoid problems and pitfalls. Through constructive individual feedback in a supportive environment, you will learn the ways of drafting and crafting that make captivating writing.

THURS 18 FEB – THURS 10 MARCH 2016 [4 WEEKS] | 7.00PM – 9.00PM | £45.00 & £40.00 [CONC]

Max No. 12 | Tutor: Mary Montague