Following a remarkable response to their recently announced free writing workshops, Cork County Council Library & Arts Service has confirmed two additional online workshops starting on April 29th. The Council’s Library Service made the decision to double the number of places available, having receiving over 150 high quality applications for the free writing workshops, designed to support creative writing throughout the county.
Working with author Denise Woods, who will deliver A Time to Write creative writing in fiction workshop, and poet Matthew Geden, who will deliver A Light to Transform the World poetry workshop, the online courses will offer an introduction to the skills and techniques used in these forms. Having now filled these workshops from the existing pool of applicants, the Library & Arts Service is exploring options for additional courses in the future.
Speaking in relation to the response generated by this initiative the Mayor of County Cork, Councillor Ian Doyle, stated that
“Cork County has shown, once again, that it is a region full of creativity and enthusiasm. The huge reply to these courses highlights the pioneering spirit of Cork’s residents, we are not afraid to embrace new ways of learning and we can adapt to any challenge.”
Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey notes
“These workshops mark the beginning of a new chapter in Cork County Council’s Library & Arts Service; enabling remote access to culture that transcends location and offers a new way to engage the people of Cork County. In these challenging times, the response of the people of Cork to this initiative demonstrates that our culture and creativity are central to us as a community. The Council’s Library & Arts Service will continue to work on developing new avenues for art and literature and look forward to showcasing more of Cork’s culture over the coming weeks & months.”