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Strandhill Summerfest July 3-5 2015   




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3rd July - 5th July 2015

In the Labyrinth On the Patio
In the Labyrinth On the Patio with Annie

Strandhill Summerfest is a weekend writing retreat that celebrates writers and writing. It nurtures new work in a gentle, safe and supportive environment. Suitable for writers of all ages, beginners or established, writing in any genre.


Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill, Ted & Annie Deppe & Joe Kearney

“Genius is hidden everywhere; it is in every person, waiting to be evoked, enabled, supported, celebrated. It is in you.” Pat Schneider

Discover The Genius in You

Summerfest, Orfhlaith Summerfest, Joe
With Orfhlaith in the Garden At the forum with Joe

Whether you are looking for:

  • A weekend writing retreat in the West of Ireland
  • A safe haven to begin writing for the first time
  • A poetry masterclass with Ted & Annie Deppe
  • Feedback and guidance for your work
  • Inspiration for new writing
  • A cure for the dreaded Writers’ Block
  • Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) workshops with Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill
  • Time for you and your writing
  • Multi-genre writing workshops with Joe Kearney
  • An opportunity to share and celebrate your writing with others
  • A weekend away for your Writers’ Group
  • A safe and supportive environment in which to write
  • A break away in the beautiful seaside village of Strandhill
  • A return visit to old friends at Strandhill Summerfest
  • A friendly and fun weekend in the company of other writers
  • A gift of writing to give to a friend or loved one
  • (And all at an affordable price)

Strandhill Summerfest is here for you!


Meet the Summerfest Facilitators:

Orfhlaith Ni Chonaill Ted Deppe Annie Deppe Joe Kearney
Orfhlaith Ni Chonaill Ted Deppe Annie Deppe Joe Kearney

Facilitator Profiles   

Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill’s workshops use the AWA method devised by Pat Schneider. These are multi-genre workshops which evoke and enable writing and encourage writers to find and use their own voices with confidence.

Ted & Annie Deppe share their expertise as poets and teachers, their love of their craft and their joyful appreciation of all poetry.

Joe Kearney is the Summerfest's great success story. He came to our very first gathering as a beginner, back in 2002. The short story that he wrote that weekend went on to be aired on RTÉ Radio as part of the Francis McManus Awards. Joe has since written and produced award-winning documentaries for radio; he has completed a PhD in Creative Writing in UCD and his first novel, Moon Blind, was published in 2013. He has never missed a Summerfest and returns every year, not just as a facilitator sharing the experience of his writing journey but, as a writer who continues to be inspired by Summerfest "Magic".

Cost: €165

(includes snacks, light Lunch on Saturday and Dinner on Saturday evening)

(Or a deposit of €50 will secure your place and the balance of €115 can be paid at registration)


What they said about Strandhill Summerfest...

Maria King Dymphna Ferran Marcella Brown Nuala Ni Chonchuir
Maria King Dymphna Ferran Marcella Brown Nuala Ni Chonchuir

Maria King : "Great weekend. Kindness. Acceptance. Soul."

(Maria came to the Summerfest in 2013 as a first-time writer)

Dymphna Ferran: "Within these walls dreams became words"

(Dymphna is a regular attendee at the Summerfest)

Marcella Brown : "An oasis for the mind"

(Marcella is an artist and writer who came all the way from the USA to attend the Summerfest in 2008)

Nuala Ni Chonchuir: "It's a great weekend - warm and fun and intense (in a good way!)."

Nuala is an established writer and a Summerfest enthusiast, attending in 2008 and 2012.

Accommodation: Excellent, local accommodation available at a reasonable price.

For further details, click on: Accommodation List

New Web Address: www.orfhlaithnichonaill.com

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