This upcoming course, led by the brilliant Ethel Rohan, looks ace.

Dynamic Writers Workshop in Magnificent Lismore Castle, Waterford

San Francisco-based Irish writer, Ethel Rohan, will teach a “Brilliance of Brevity” workshop in Lismore Castle, Waterford, as part of Abroad Writers Conference. This two day master class will focus on the crafting of electric and concise narratives. The workshop runs Saturday and Sunday, December 14-15th, 2013, and is for writers of both fiction and creative non-fiction. The class goal is to hone the art of selectivity and write one’s best and briefest work. In-workshop writing will encourage fearless enjoyment of the process and the careful construction of the stories that participants are most burning to tell.

Participants will study and write amidst a fun and dynamic collective spark, and in a magnificent castle. Other writers teaching at Lismore Castle as part of the Abroad Writers Conference include: Robert Olen Butler; Karen Joy Fowler; Mariel Hemingway; Claire Keegan; Jane Smiley; Lily Tuck; and many more. Ethel Rohan is an award-winning writer and the author of two story collections, her latest titled Goodnight Nobody. She invites writers at all levels to join her in Lismore Castle and says, “We will do great things together.” For further details please visit To register please email founding Director Nancy Gerbault at abroadwriters at

I’m gutted that I can’t be there, but if you can then you totally should.