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Free Your Creative Voice – Heartfelt Writing Weekend – 21st-22nd October

Take time out to focus on your creativity, get inspired, feed your soul, and pick up some new tips and tools to take your writing to the next level.

This inspiring weekend empowers you to get writing and stay writing.

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We’ll be covering new material, so this is suitable whether you’ve been on a previous weekend or if this is your first time coming along.

Throughout the weekend we’ll look at:

  • Getting your creativity flowing again
  • Building your inner confidence.
  • Reconnecting with the joy of writing.
  • Inspirational writing exercises.
  • Tips for deepening your writing.
  • Dealing with self-doubt and blocks.
  • Finding a writing routine that works and stays fun.

As always, this weekend will focus on how to write in a way that connects with other people, reaching into the deepest level of their being. This heartfelt writing has the power to change people’s lives. We will explore practical writing techniques from this deeper perspective.

Beautiful words and an understanding of craft are not enough – the substance under the words is what matters.

Here is some of the lovely feedback from previous Heartfelt Writing Weekends:

“It has been a hugely uplifting experience – funny, poignant and immensely enjoyable 2 days – and it has gone in a flash!” Laura Graham

“New ideas presented clearly and with humour and intelligence, and soul. Brilliant way to spend two days soaking up the inspiration.”

“Very inspiring exercises taught with tact, humour and grace.”

“Packed with helpful, practical tips and info. Uplifting and confidence inspiring.”

“Totally eye opening and lots of tips and tricks to writing that I didn’t know. Wonderful workshop, the right amount of learning and love!”

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For those who don’t know me, I’m a poet with two published collections and an award winning screenwriter and playwright. I won the Claddagh Film Script Award, the BBC Writersroom Undercover competition and I’ve had two plays and a short film produced. I was a writer for two years on RTE’s flagship drama, Fair City, and the award winning teen drama Seacht. I also spent eight years working as a BBC script editor, five years as a freelance journalist and I have a Masters in Creative Writing. I’m currently one of this year’s Artists-in-Residence at the Belfast International Arts Festival. I’ve been mentoring and facilitating writing workshops for twelve years.

I wrote my first poem at the age of eight but stopped writing when a teacher praised my poem but said I could never have written something so good and it must have been copied. I stood at the front of the class in tears. The humiliation and criticism stopped me writing for the next fifteen years. Self doubt and fear of ridicule can block all writers, often for years, and I’m passionate about helping writers get their work into the world and not waste precious time.

Whether you’re writing a novel, screenplay, poetry, short stories or play, this weekend will help you approach your work in a fresh and deeper way.

Booking is essential as places are limited. Email deirdre.cartmill@yahoo.co.uk to book your place.

£30 deposit secures your place.

Venue:  Donegall St Pl, Belfast BT1 2FN

Dates: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October.

Time: 11am-5pm

Cost: £125 –  early bird price of £100 if you book by Monday 9th October.

You can pay the deposit (£32) or full amount (£127) via Paypal at the link below, or message me if you want to pay by cheque or bank transfer.

http://www.paypal.me/DCartmillWriter

 

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Writer-in-Residence & Poetry Jukebox

I’m delighted to be writer-in-residence alongside Maria McManus at this year’s Belfast International Arts Festival. As part of our residency we’re curating Ireland’s first Poetry Jukebox, which is installed outside the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast and goes live on 12th October.

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The Poetry Jukebox is an on-street sound installation providing an exciting new platform for poetry. This will be a permanent installation, but we will change the content three or four times a year. We see this as an innovative new ‘journal’ of poetry for the island of Ireland. Its on-street presence can capture the imagination and has at its core the ability, as Heaney wrote, to “catch the heart off-guard and blow it open”. The first jukebox has poems form world renowned Irish poets, rising stars and new voices.

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We want to open minds and hearts with the power and intensity and gentleness of poetry.  Hearing poetry unexpectedly in the street can inspire people, make an ordinary moment sacred, and change how people see the city and themselves.

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The Poetry Jukebox will be launched as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival on 12th October 2017. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.

 

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Poetry Jukebox – Call For Submissions

POESIOMAT – the Poetry Jukebox, is an on-street sound installation that provides an innovative new platform for poetry. It is curated by poets Maria McManus and Deirdre Cartmill.

We are calling for submissions for the first Poetry Jukebox in Ireland which will be launched as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival in October 2017. It will be located outside the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast.

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Read the full submission criteria here. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 20th August.

Don’t forget to download, sign and return this Permissions Consent Form with your submission. Good luck everyone.

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Writing Mentoring

I’m in a position to take on some new mentoring clients in July. I’ll take you through a 90 day one to one mentoring programme that is tailored specifically for you.

Over the course of this programme I’ll pass on all the technique, insights and insider information I’ve gathered over the years as both an award wining writer and during my 8 years as a script editor with the BBC.

I’ll help you to write in a way that connects with other people, reaching into the deepest level of their being. This heartfelt writing has the power to change people’s lives. We will explore practical writing techniques from this deeper perspective.

We will also look at tools to break through your self doubt and blocks, so you can get writing and stay writing.

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We’ll look at how to:

– be a heartfelt witness to life, so you’re overflowing with ideas that you are passionate about.

– create characters who leap off the page with their fire, passion and humanity.

– focus on the essential essence of every story – making your character go on a heartfelt, inner emotional journey of change.

– capture a living thing. How to shape, edit and polish without making the final work lifeless.

– stay wild and free during the writing process, finding the courage to say what you need to say and therefore the freedom to inspire people to change

If you’d like to find out more, email me at deirdre.cartmill(at)yahoo.co.uk and we can arrange a time to chat.

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Heartfelt Writing Weekend

I’m running a Heartfelt Writing Weekend Workshop on 23rd and 24th January. This weekend will focus on how to write in a way that connects with other people, reaching into the deepest level of their being. This heartfelt writing has the power to change people’s lives. We will explore practical writing techniques from this deeper perspective.

We will also look at tools to break through your self doubt and blocks, so you can get writing and stay writing.

Beautiful words and an understanding of craft are not enough – the substance under the words is what matters.

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Over the weekend we’ll look at how to:

– be a heartfelt witness to life, so you’re overflowing with ideas that you are passionate about.

– create characters who leap off the page with their fire, passion and humanity.

– focus on the essential essence of every story – making your character go on a heartfelt, inner emotional journey of change.

– capture a living thing. How to shape, edit and polish without making the final work lifeless.

– stay wild and free during the writing process, finding the courage to say what you need to say and therefore the freedom to inspire people to change.

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For those who don’t know me, I’m a poet with two published collections and an award winning screenwriter and playwright. I won the Claddagh Film Script Award, the BBC Writersroom Undercover competition and I’ve had two plays and a short film produced. I was a writer for two years on RTE’s flagship drama, Fair City, and the award winning teen drama Seacht. I also spent eight years working as a BBC script editor, five years as a freelance journalist and I have a Masters in Creative Writing.

I wrote my first poem at the age of eight but stopped writing when a teacher praised my poem but said I could never have written something so good and it must have been copied. The humiliation and criticism stopped me writing for the next fifteen years. Self doubt and fear of ridicule can block all writers, often for years, and I’m passionate about helping writers get their work into the world and not waste precious time.

Whether you’re writing a novel, screenplay, poetry, graphic novel or play, this weekend will help you approach your work in a fresh and deeper way.

The workshop will take place in the beautiful and calming environment at The White Feather, 7 North Street, Belfast, BT1 1NH. Free tea and coffee provided.

Booking is essential as places are limited to ten.

Dates: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January.

Times: 11am-5pm

Cost; £120. £30 deposit secures your place.

Email me at info@deirdrecartmill.com if you’d like to book a place or find out more.

If you can’t make the workshop but are interested in my one to one mentoring programme, drop me an email and we can arrange to have a chat about it or jump on a Skype call.

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Bridging The Silence

Bridging the Silence is an audio walk and installation which will premiere on Lagan Weir Bridge, Belfast from 20th-24th October from 11am to 3pm each day, as part of the Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival.

The project is part of Corners and is a collaboration between myself, Croatian multimedia and sound artist Hrvoslava Brkušić and Basque visual artist and performer Beatriz Churruca.

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The project is a symbolic representation of the emotional journey survivors move through as they pass from the storm inside to peace.
The project also invites people to see their story reflected in other people’s stories.
This project was born from our desire to confront unspeakable truths, make the invisible visible, give a voice to those who have no voice, speak the truths they can’t speak and transform powerlessness into power.

The audio walk blends a fictional story with real testimonies from survivors of political violence, sexual and domestic abuse, and those dealing with transgender issues.

As part of this project we will be working with a group of local survivors, facilitating workshops on spoken word performance poetry, which will give the group the tools and skills to tell their own stories.

Thanks to Corners and Iker Tolosa who is the producer on this project and part of Donostia/San Sebastian 2016 Foundation. It has also been supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Watch out for several other Corners projects which are being showcased across Belfast during the festival.

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Poetry NI Summer Reading

I’m really looking forward to reading at the Poetry NI Summer Reading at the Crescent Arts Centre on 27th August.

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I’ll be reading alongside a great mix of established names and exciting new voices – Maria McManus, Chris Agee, Ruth Carr, Kelly Creighton, Matt Kirkham, Geraldine O’Kane and Lynda Tavakoli. The night will be hosted by Colin Dardis and starts at 7.30pm.

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