Monday, July 31, 2017

Fact to Fiction

I'll be teaching a workshop at the end of August specifically for people interested in weaving fact and fiction. It would suit people who have already begun a project, or have a particular subject in mind. So this Autumn might be the time to tackle that story that's been brewing for a while :) This is an article I wrote on my own process for my first book The Herbalist.

And here are the course details....

Location: Athy Heritage Centre, Emily Square, Athy
Date: Sat 26th August from 12.30- 3.30pm
Price: 45 Euro per person. (Limited numbers so booking is essential)


Course Title: Fact to Fiction
A practical writing workshop, exploring how true stories can inspire a work of fiction.

The workshop…
In this practical workshop, award winning historical novelist, Niamh Boyce will explore how true stories can inspire a work of fiction. She will discuss writing that first draft, revision and research. It is suitable for both beginners and those who have been writing for a while.
All you need is a pen and notebook…

Niamh has just finished her second novel, her first ‘The Herbalist’ (Penguin Ireland) won Newcomer of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2013, and was long listed for the IMPAC Award. 'The Herbalist' was set in the 1930s, and inspired by a newspaper clipping. Her most recent work was also inspired by a true story - a medieval witchcraft trial, to be published in 2019.

Winner of the Hennessy XO New Irish Writer of the Year 2012, Niamh’s poetry collection was highly commended in The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2013. Her novel, The Herbalist (Penguin Ireland) won Newcomer of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2013, and was long listed for the IMPAC Award. Her stories have been adapted for stage, broadcast, published in literary magazines and anthologized, most recently in The Long Gaze Back- Irish Women Writers' and 'The Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction.

Niamh is a trained facilitator and tutor with a background in community development. She has devised and taught creative writing and novel workshops for many years. She has a Master in Women's Studies (Trinity) and an honors degree in English and History (UCG) Other qualifications include a Higher Diploma in Community Development Practice(NUIG) and a Community Arts Certificate.  

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