Literary Workshops 2018

Words Allowed with Dave Lordan

Words Allowed with Dave Lordan
(Workshop for Teenage Writers)

Colaiste Pobail Bheanntraí

Mon 16 July to Fri 20 July 2018

09.30 - 12.30


Age Range
Teens (14-18 Years)


Back by popular demand, Dave Lordan's legendary Words Allowed workshop for teenage writers returns to the festival in 2018 for the eighth year in a row. Designed to build the creative confidence and expressive ability of teenagers with an interest in writing it combines a high-energy workshop approach with talks and Q&A sessions on being a writer in the contemporary world where multimedia technologies and performance writing are assuming more importance alongside traditional book publishing. As well as covering traditional forms like poem, story and song, Words Allowed introduces participants to the essentials of Youtubeing & online video production.  In an atmosphere of group support and encouragement for individual creativity, each participant will be facilitated in pursuing their own writing interests and in generating new work. The week will be rounded off with a special showcase reading of the participants' work. This is Ireland's leading workshop for teenage writers and demand is always high so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Dave Lordan is a multi-genre writer, performer, editor, and pathbreaking multimedia educator with four acclaimed books & twenty years experience in creativity education & cultural programme design. Check out his colourful new website at or follow Dave Lordan on YouTube or Facebook.

As well as West Cork Literary Festival, Dave has provided workshops for RTE, the Irish Film Institute, Dublin City Libraries, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Courthouse Arts Centre, The Irish Countrywomen’s Association, Youthreach, Youthspeaks, Children’s Books Ireland and numerous other schools, institutions and festivals. He teaches creative writing at the Irish Writers Centre and the Big Smoke Writing Factory and he lectures on the MA in Poetry Studies at the Mater Dei Institute and at The American College Dublin.