Weekend Three: March 20-21, 2021


Saturday, March 20, 2021

3.00 pm - 7.00 pm (Irish time)


‘Writing the Landscape’

Workshop hosted by Anthony J. Quinn

This exciting workshop focuses on writing about the natural world, landscape and place that offers writers the opportunity to craft their skills in evoking settings, imagined, remembered or lost. Long before we had maps, we had stories through which we knew our place in the world and could project our fears, loves and memories. Taking inspiration from examples of nature writing, this workshop comprises exercises to demonstrate how landscape can elevate works of poetry, fiction and memoir. 

Author of no less than nine highly-acclaimed novels characterised by vivid descriptions of environment and place, Anthony has justifiably earned the sobriquet ‘Ireland’s landscape laureate.’ Praise for his work has poured in through book reviews in such respected international publications as The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, The Independent, The Financial Times, tThe San Francisco Chronicle, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Express, The Irish Times and the Irish Independent. 

His debut novel, ‘Disappeared,’ was shortlisted for a Strand Literary Award in the United States by the book critics of The LA Times, The Washington Post and other US newspapers. It was also listed by Kirkus Reviews as one of the top ten thrillers of 2012. After its UK publication in 2014, ‘Disappeared’ was selected by the Daily Mail and The Sunday Times as one of their Best Novels of the Year. It was also long-listed for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

His latest novel, released over the last few weeks, ’Turncoat,’ received such plaudits as ‘a novel that demonstrates how capacious the crime fiction genre can be’ (The Independent) and 'carefully wrought, often lyrical prose, always rich with foreboding.’ (BOOKLIST).


This is a practical workshop. An in-class assignment will be emailed by participants during the workshop to the tutor for critiquing. There will also be an assignment of not more than 500 words given during the workshop to be emailed the following day for personal feedback. 


All workshops will be delivered via Zoom.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

3.00 pm - 7.00 pm (Irish time)


This day’s activities will include:


  • Cozy Conversational Corner with… Mary Duncan, Founder of the Paris Writers Group and the Paris Writers Press: ‘Research: Up and Down the Rabbit Hole. When to Pursue, Pause and When to Stop.’

A former professor at San Diego State University, Mary is an American writer, publisher and educator who has also lectured at Oxford University and the Smithsonian Institution. She co-founded the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Moscow and is now known as the ‘Sylvia Beach of Modern-Day Paris’ (where she is a driving force for literature in the French capital. Her first book, a colorful memoir, is entitled ‘Henry Miller is Under My Bed: People and Places on the Way to Paris.’

The Paris Writers Press that Mary founded received a CNL Translation Award from the French Ministry of Culture for the English translation of Sade's Publisher: A Memoir by Jean-Jacques Pauvert, translator of the works of the Marquis de Sade, and The Story of O. Other authors published by her include Hilary Kaiser, David Burke, Bradley Smith, and Marianne Yayane Verbuyt. Her Paris Writers Group is an association of published authors living in the French capital city. 


  • Critique of participants' assignments from the previous day’s workshop and summary of the weekend’s activities.



Born in rural England, one of Arabella’s first jobs was as a dresser at Chichester Festival Theatre, taking a suede glove back to Ingrid Bergman after every performance. She then worked in the wardrobe department of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the English National Opera, before becoming a business journalist and writing books in Liverpool. She then moved to Wales, as she says, “to live with jackdaws,” before migrating way south to Transylvania, where she has lived for the last ten years in a wooden house 1,000 metres up in the Carpathian Mountains. 

Participants to this workshop will have the chance to meet Arabella in person and ask her questions about her life and work, particularly the children’s books she has authored including ‘Dragons over London,’ ‘Floss and the Circus,’ ‘A Stake In Transylvania’ and ‘Dahlia’s Pet Detectives.’


Please Note: In addition, each participant in this workshop has the opportunity to send in advance a piece of writing (maximum 1,000 words) from a work-in-progress and receive critique and personal feedback in writing.