What you said…

“Congratulations to committee, wonderful organising. The reception was amazing well done to everyone. “, ” I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Great I really enjoyed it. “, “Very enjoyable launch on Friday. Stella Maris excellent venue. Well integrated. “,  “Peter Murphy brilliant!!”, “Cat very practical and Fiona’s workshop great to get ideas.”, “David Williams Superb. Congratulations on a wonderful achievement. Terrific cast of authors and facilitators.”, “Thoroughly enjoyed the reading by Margaret Galvin and Peter Murphy. “ , “Journey Home- Jim Maguire-excellent participative workshop”, “Whatever you decide, please keep it in Kilmore Quay. Such a beautiful location by the sea is so conducive to creativity.”, ” All of the workshops were really thought-provoking and a great learning experience. Excellent publicity and organisation.”,  “Loved the events I could attend. Wonderful festival. See you next year.”



The Official Opening event of the Write By The Sea Festival 2016 will take place at 8:00pm, in the Stella Maris Centre, Kilmore Quay.

Event sponsored by the Saltees Fish Company. Open to all Festival attendees.


9.45AM – 11.45AM EVENT 1

Option A: Jim Maguire – The Journey Home – Creative Writing Workshop
Using Homer’s Odyssey as an inspiration, this workshop will explore how journal writing, stories, and poetry can help us to navigate the voyage of life. The workshop is designed for adults with an interest in developing their writing, from the curious beginner to the experienced practitioner.


Option B: Jackie Hayden – Dylan, Dylan And Me
An informative lecture in which Jackie describes how he discovered Welsh Poet Dylan Thomas via Bob Dylan and The Beatles, and how it led to him writing the book and CD, A Map of Love, about Dylan Thomas.



12:00 – 1.00PM EVENT 2

Billy Roche and Jim Maguire Readings followed by Q&A

Billy Roche

2.15PM – 3.45PM EVENT 3

Billy Roche – Beginnings and Endings and the Bits in Between along with the rules of the road for playwriting.

The power of myth and folklore will be examined and explored: first lines and last lines, opening scenes dénouements, plot and characterisation and storyline and dialogue – the tools of the playwright.


A. M. Cousins headshot
4.00PM – 5.30PM EVENT 4

Option A: A.M. Cousins –Writing for Radio (limited numbers)

This workshop will be an introduction to writing for radio.  Participants will be given an opportunity to develop their own memoir/life-writing skills with a series of short exercises, followed by group discussion.


Option B: Margaret Hawkins – Freelance Journalism From Idea to Ideal Article

Margaret will offer practical advice about idea generation, angle choosing, topic research, interviewee sourcing, article writing and the importance of ‘thinking-reader’ and learning new skills in these competitive times.

5:30PM – 6.30PM

Browse time, Self-publishing samples


9.45AM – 11.45PM EVENT 5

Option A: Margaret Galvin – The People, Events, and Places That Have Shaped Us    (limited numbers)
Margaret’s workshop aims to reconnect participants with their memories and personal stories in order to revisit, acknowledge and perhaps celebrate the past in the service of integration and self-knowledge. Margaret promises a relaxed, friendly workshop where every voice is respected and people share at their level of comfort.


Option B: Daithi Kavanagh – Writing eBooks
The workshop will explain to writers the benefits of having your novel published in digital format. It will also look at the advantages that one might encounter having their novel published as an eBook as opposed to print. I will also look at the obvious reasons why most writers are not drawn to having their books in digital format and how these misgivings can be overcome.

12:00- 1.00PM EVENT 6

Margaret Galvin and Peter Murphy – Readings followed Q&A

Peter Murphy portrait by Caolan Barron
2.15PM – 3.45PM EVENT 7

Option A: Peter Murphy – If you want to write, write!!

Based on Peter’s own rich and varied experiences and accomplishments, this session will explore a variety of storytelling disciplines as well as the lifestyle discipline required to produce good work.  The aim of this talk is to inspire and hopefully deepen your appreciation of literature, encourage you to discover your own voices, and prepare you for the life of a writer.


Option B: Cat Hogan -I’ve written my book, what next??

You have written your manuscript and it’s hiding under the bed or in a folder on your laptop. What are you going to do now? How do you get an agent? How do you handle rejection? What is a synopsis?

Cat Hogan finished her first manuscript in June 2015, had an agent by August and signed a two-book deal with Poolbeg Press in November. Her novel, They All Fall Down was published in July 2016 and hit the Irish Times best seller list a couple of weeks after publication. The workshop will teach writers how to approach their manuscripts with a critical eye in preparation for submission, the value of researching and how to find the best agent to fit the author and the novel. Cat promises a fun and informal interactive workshop while giving aspiring novelists the tools and tricks to get their novels noticed.

4.00PM – 6.00PM EVENT 8

Option A: Creative Writing Kick Start with Fiona O’Rourke  Limited Numbers: 15 adults (age 18+)

This workshop offers the space and time to kick start creativity. Writing exercises designed to encourage new stories and instil belief in one’s ability to write. Participants just need pen, paper, and an open mind to let the stories come out of the head and onto the page. Suitable for beginners and those already writing.


Option B: Novelists Paul O’Brien and Cat Hogan interviewed by author Jackie Hayden.

Jackie Hayden will interview bestselling authors Paul O’Brien and Cat Hogan about their individual approaches to writing, their sources of inspiration and advice for would-be authors.

marie williams david williams and billy roche
The life-long relationship with Kilmore Quay enjoyed by the late Wexford writer and poet, Tom Williams, will be marked when his son David Williams reads from his father’s work at the conclusion of  Write By The Sea.
Demo: CTEC Self-Publishing Using BookSmart for Writers

Recently CTEC has added an exciting new course aimed at writers who wish to self-publish their work.  Using the free online software program BookSmart, created by Blurb, Rachel Tucker, CTEC’s Training Manager and Patricia Howlin, CTEC’s Manager, will guide you through book design, using images, copyright issues and book pricing and selling during this five-morning programme. The course includes practical training in the use of BookSmart also.  CTEC have recently successfully completed a similar training course which culminated in the publication of two photographic books, one book of paintings by a local artist, three books recounting local and family histories as well as a group book highlighting the founding and development of the Tomhaggard Women’s Shed.  It is also possible to arrange specific courses for group and individuals.

Both Patricia and Rachel have self published books in the past and Rachel has written for and edited corporate hotel magazines.  If you are interested in finding out more about this new course, please contact CTEC on 053-9121036 or by email on info@ctecwexford.ie.  Alternatively, drop into the CTEC Training Centre on the 2nd floor of Norse Gate House, St Peter’s Square – just opposite the bandstand.

Established in January 2003, The Community Training & Education Centre (CTEC) is a not-for-profit training organisation providing tuition in a wide range of areas, from Childcare to healthcare, Beauty Therapy to Business Studies. All training is delivered from an adult education philosophy and every effort is made to ensure that our training provides learners with a positive and enjoyable experience which will encourage them in the “Lifelong Learning” process.  CTEC provide training in Childcare, Healthcare, ICT and business studies and ‘train the trainer.

Byrnes Bookstore

Byrne’s Bookstores and World of Wonder Toystores are one of Ireland’s leading retailers of books, toys, gifts, arts & crafts and stationery. Providing their customers with a pleasant shopping environment, a wide range of products and real value for money, we are delighted that they will be “setting up shop” at our festival with all our writer’s books on sale over the weekend.

Byrnes online store is open 24/7 and their stores in Enniscorthy and Wexford are open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-6:00pm and Saturdays 9:00-6:00pm.