Stinging Fly Summer Workshop

000a8f9f-630Due to the incredible response for June’s week-long fiction workshop with Sean O’Reilly, The Stinging Fly is offering a second session. The deadline for applications is 18 May and the workshop runs from 6–10 July.

Organised by The Stinging Fly in association with the Irish Writers Centre

This is an intensive week-long daytime workshop designed for writers of short stories and/or the novel. It will be led by Sean O’Reilly.

Up to ten writers will be offered a place based on work they’ve submitted by the application deadline, which is Thursday, April 23rd. During the workshop, each writer’s work will be up for in-depth discussion twice. All the work will have been shared and closely read in advance. Also included in the structure of the course are three sessions on aspects of narrative prose by guest speakers, including the editors of The Stinging Fly.

Dates: July 6th – July 10th 2015

Times: Monday to Friday, 10.15am-4.30pm

Venue: Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Cost: €325 (or €300 for IWC members)


How to apply:

Writers interested are asked to submit either a short story or a novel extract before 5pm on Monday 18 May.

The short story should not exceed 6,000 words and the novel extract should not exceed 15 pages.

Please use font size 12 and at least 1.5 line spacing.

We will accept either Word.doc or Word.docx files.

Your name should not appear on the story or extract. Instead, send a separate cover page with your name, the title of your novel/story, your email address, your postal address and phone number.

Email the story or extract to with Summer Fiction Workshop along with your name in the subject heading.


What happens then:

We will read all the stories and extracts submitted and offer 8–10 places on the workshop on or before Monday 25 May.

Writers will then have one week to confirm their place and to pay the workshop fee.

By Monday 22 June, each participating writer will be expected to have submitted two stories or novel extracts for circulation among the group. Participants must then undertake to have read all this work ahead of the workshop starting on Monday 6 July.

The workshop leader will devise the running order for the week of workshops based on the work submitted.


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