October Open Mic

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Time to take to the stage…again!

An entertaining “open mic” evening is coming up this October in Vienna. Along with friends at Write Now, I’ll be hosting the evening. We’re all looking forward to the performances. It’s a unique opportunity for people to take the stage before a friendly and creative audience.

If you’d like to read out a poem, a short story, a novel excerpt, to sing a song, or just sit back and enjoy the performances, then you’re warmly welcome.

When: Monday 23rd October 2017, 7.00pm

Where: Cafe Korb, 1010 Vienna

Price: A small contribution (between 5-10 Euro) will be welcome to cover the venue hire.

You’ll find all the details on Meet Up here 

I look forward to meeting you on the night!

 

 

 

SCBWI in Vienna

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Right to left: Elary Wakefield, Keith McGowan, Devon Brown, Paul Malone: SCBWI Austria members

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) recently met in Vienna at Cafe Prückel. It was a lovely and inspiring evening. One of the talented members summed up the evening nicely here:

September SCBWI in Vienna

Thank you Elary!

Open Mic in Vienna

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Time to take the stage!

An entertaining “open mic” evening is coming up this September in Vienna. Along with friends at Write Now, I’ll be hosting the evening. We’re all looking forward to the performances. It’s a unique opportunity for people to take the stage before a friendly and creative audience.

Guest Irish poet, Neil McCarthy will also be there on the night, inspiring everyone with some of his wonderful poetry.

If you’d like to read out a poem, a short story, a novel excerpt, to sing a song, or just sit back and enjoy the performances, then you’re warmly welcome.

When: Thursday 21st September 2017, 6.45pm

Where: Cafe Korb, 1010 Vienna

Price: A small contribution (between 5-10 Euro) will be welcome to cover the venue hire.

You’ll find all the details on Meet Up here 

I look forward to meeting you on the night!

 

 

 

Why creative writing is sunshine for the imagination

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The mind becomes light when focused upon the present. It’s as though the curtains are suddenly drawn back and sunlight streams in. Creative writing is a wonderful activity to engage the imagination. At the creative writing session last Friday evening at The Vienna Workshop Gallery, participants experienced this for themselves: In the space of a couple of hours they explored a variety of creative forms, even getting to write and sing a group song!

Thank you to Valeria MacKnight for supporting the creative writing workshop at her gallery. Thank you also to Liz Pereira, who kindly played the flute and helped with the group song. And of course a big thank you to all the people who participated.

I look forward to running the 4-week creative writing workshop commencing this Friday.

Autumn is the perfect season for creative writing

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The lookout tower in the woods: the perfect view and place for quiet contemplation

With the first autumn colours in woods only weeks away, I thought it almost time to roll up the beach towel, pack away the sunscreen, and take stock of what lies ahead—a bumper season of creative writing!

Here’s what’s coming up:

And then there is my own personal writing to attend to—more short stories, a novel concept ready to blossom, and a portfolio of creative writing continuing to grow.

If you’re interested in joining one of the above workshops, creative café events, open mic, or even if you’d like to know a little bit more about SCBWI, then drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you!

 

Creative Writing News!

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We love creative writing!

The autumn 2017 creative writing program is up! Check out the website for details. The new short story program is now 5 weeks (instead of 4) and includes three group sessions at The Praxis Wien. I’m also running a 4-week creative writing program at The Vienna Workshop Gallery. A creative writing program for young people (11 to 16 years) will also start later this year. And the popular Creative Cafe sessions will also return at Praxis Wien 5 in October.

Creative Writing “Schnuppertag”

If you think you might be interested in creative writing, but would like to have dabble in it before committing, why not come to the Creative Writing Schnuppertag:

Location:                     The Vienna Workshop Gallery

Laudongasse 9, 1080, Vienna

When:                           Friday 1st September 2017

Time:                         19:00 – 21:00 (16 + years)

Price:                             Free!

10.08.2017: The creative writing Schnuppertag is now full. 

I hope to see you at a creative writing workshop this autumn.

 

An exciting new creative writing program!

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View from the lookout in our woods: a perfect place to write!

If you’re like me, you’ll likely agree that creative writing is sunshine for the imagination. Still, there’s a lot to be said for sunshine and fresh air. Over the summer I’ll be out amongst it all. I hope you too get the chance.

At the end of July, the new creative writing program will be up on this website.  There will be creative writing sessions for young people, for people who would like to improve their English, and for those who would love to write a brilliant short story.

If you’d like to be kept posted, drop me a line (visit the contact page), and I’ll send you a newsletter at the end of July.

In the meantime, I wish you a lovely summer!

Here’s a lazy summer tune I just made up and played on my guitar for fun 🙂