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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Yvonne Cullen's Writing Train


WINTER 2010/ SPRING 2011


Day courses starting Nov/Dec 2010, booking now open:



MON DEC 6: START TO WRITE 8 weeks, €230


Writing Saloon Reading nights: SAT 29th Nov 8p.m and SAT 11 Dec 8 p.m. (details below).

Spring term at Writing Train also booking now at discount rates. Full details at or email

January timetable:
8 JAN, DEVELOPING POET, 12 weeks of 2.75 hrs €290

WEDNESDAY 12 JAN FORTNIGHTLY WRITING TRAIN, 16 sessions of 2.75 hrs over 32 weeks €420.

Sat 16 JAN €70 (One Day Course) START TO WRITE

February timetable:

MON 7 FEB, START TO WRITE, 8 weeks of 2.5 hrs, €230

10 FEB THURSDAY NIGHT WRITING TRAIN, 15 weeks of 2.75 hrs, €370

FRI 11 FEB: DAYTIME WRITING TRAIN, SANDYCOVE 14 weeks of 2.5 hr sessions €340

WEDS 7 FEB: New term for: WEDNESDAY DAYTIME WRITING TRAIN 14 weeks of 2.5 hours €340

March timetable:

FIRST WEEK MARCH: “FROM HISTORIES TO STORIES” – make progress with your researched creative writing project. 10 weeks of 2.5-hour sessions daytime, South city centre, from first week in March. Day will be picked to suit participants, as far as possible. €285

29 MARCH New start for TUES NIGHT INTERMEDIATE WRITING TRAIN. 12 weeks of 2.5 hour sessions, €335.

Self-contained one -day poetry course, focusing on areas of skill chosen by participants in advance, and designed to fire up your poetry furnaces. This year, poetry students from Writing Train have been shortlisted for the important Bridport Prize, for the Strokestown Poetry Prize and for the Hennessy Award!

Venue: Glasthule (On dart line, Sandycove station)

Running time: 10.30 – 1.00 and 2.30 – 5 p.m with a break for a dash to Cavistons deli for lunch and chance of a quick run to the sea while we’re at it, plus option to eat together at Poppies café in Dunlaoghaire when afternoon sessions end, to chew over the day and go on talking poetry! Day will be completely tailored to students’ areas of interest and you’ll take materials away. NB: This will be more of a tutored course with exercises and discussion than a workshop, €70.

If there is a quorum for a “workshop” day on SAT 11th DEC this is also an option as a follow-on – fee: €125 for both.

THE DEVELOPING POET From Sat 8th Jan, 3 p.m. United Arts Club, Fitzwilliam Street, D. 2.

12 weeks of 2.5-hour sessions – a fourth season for this popular and inspiring course.

This year, poetry students from WT have been shortlisted for the important Bridport Prize, for the Strokestown poetry Prize and for the Hennessy Award.

€295 / €280 if booked and paid by 17 Dec.

Get going! Keep going! Start again - with WRITING TRAIN’s “Begin to Write” and “Intermediate Writing Train” courses. (Whether you need a big push, or a little one…)

START TO WRITE from 6 DEC 8 x 2.5 hour meetings €230

Starts Monday night, 6 DEC. 8 weeks of 2.5 hour evening sessions from 6.30 – 9 p.m. A 10-week course in 8 meetings! Running across the Christmas break will also give you time to do some interesting exercises and finish a story, short piece of drama or poem before the second part of course begins in January. Fee: €230. Venue will be Nora’s Room at the atmospheric Sweny’s Chemist’s at Lincoln Place. All the short forms will be looked at in this course. Even more importantly, in this course, the fundamentals of observation, of tuning in to your own excitement ( and tuning out the censor!), aspects of the habit and practice of writing and ways of reading more effectively will be illuminated for you. If you really do want to write, after this (touch wood!) you won’t look back!

START TO WRITE: ONE DAY COURSE: (A.K.A Getting your Ships into Bottles - or should that be out of them?)

SUN JAN 16th

City Centre venue, fee €70 for full day to get you going, to help you find the material that’s already within your reach and help you surprise yourself with your skill! This course will use my favourite techniques and approaches plus lots of focused discussion and materials to take away. Please email or phone Writing Train on number below if you’d like further details.

(See also Start To Write 8 week course, beginning 7 FEB)

For further details check, yvonnecullen’s writing train page at facebook, and email