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Whatever Works For Your Writing – Do It!

Sometimes you do your best writing in bed. Give yourself permission to do this.

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When I was writing for Fair City I used to lie in bed in the mornings running a scene over and over in my head until it was perfect, and then get up and write it down. My partner at the time used to ask when I was getting up, and laughed when I said I was thinking. I wondered if I was kidding myself until I got speaking to another writer on the series who said she did the exact same thing.

I remembered all this this morning when I was having a lie in. During this lie in I wrote a blog, a course outline, some tweets, this post and the answer to a question that’s been bothering me for a long time. Now that’s what I call a lie in.

Whatever works for you – do it!

PS During my lie in I also got this in a dream – God does not always come in lightning strikes but in a series of small kisses. You can replace God with the Muse, Inspiration, writing angel, whatever – just grab those kisses when they come.

 

 

 

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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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Free Poetry Workshops

I’m facilitating a free poetry writing workshop on Love Poetry on Valentines Day 14th Feb in Belfast City Library from 11am-2.30pm. If you’re not in the mood for Valentines don’t let it put you off. Love your gran, love your cat, love chocolate – if you’ve got a passion for it, come and write about it. Booking essential – email belfast.central@librariesni.org.ukHeart

I’m also facilitating a poetry workshop back home in Tyrone in Omagh Library on Sat 21 Feb, 11.00am – 2.30pm. Booking essential – email omagh.library@librariesni.org.uk

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Corners Xpedition In Puglia

I had an absolutely fantastic time on the Corners Xpedition in Puglia, Italy. We got lots of inspiration for our project Bridging The Silence. Next stop is a base camp in the Basque Country in April to put our ideas into practice.B4VSyiuCYAImDTK.jpg large cacao eating bookserenagroup puglia

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Reading from The Return of the Buffalo

Here’s a video of me reading some poems from my latest book The Return of the Buffalo. Hope you enjoy.

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May 15, 2014 · 2:52 pm

Interview on The Return of the Buffalo

Below is the introduction to my interview with Culture Northern Ireland on my new poetry Collection The Return of the Buffalo. The book will be launched on Tuesday 24th September at 7pm in the First Presbyterian Church in Rosemary Street, Belfast. Everyone welcome.

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The Return of the Buffalo is the second collection of poems by Deirdre Cartmill, a heartfelt, funny and at times harrowing book that finds the Moy-born poet examine a bracingly wide and diverse number of subjects.

The collection has a maturity to it – a sense of artistic confidence. It reads like the work of a poet who is pausing to reflect on how far they have come, how the present tallys with their childhood hopes, and the prospects that lie ahead.

There is a candour and playfulness to much of The Return of the Buffalo, a bittersweet sense of the vagaries of life, of chances missed, of the sudden tragedies, and the unexpected joys, that swoop in and give hope from nowhere…”

You can read the full interview here.

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