I’m absolutely delighted to have my poem Between Crossing & Passing featured on the mobile Poetry Jukebox, as part of the CS Lewis A Deeper Country curation. As a huge CS Lewis fan it’s an extra thrill to be part of this one.
The mobile jukebox will be in CS Lewis Square, adjacent to the CS Lewis Centre/ Jack’s Cafe, throughout February & March 2019. Watch out for a launch reading in mid February.
The other fabulous poets included are: Tade Ipadeola, Malachi Black, Ian Duhig, Eleanor Hooker, Andrew Roycroft, Marion Clarke, Sven Kretczchmar, Colin Hassard, Kirsty Niven, Bethany Ashley, Sophie Segura, Nicole Carter, Emily Murtagh, Philip Crymble, Shelley Tracey, Demi After, Amanda Bell, Joy Fleming and Anne Casey.
Congrats everyone and huge thanks to Artistic Director and curator Maria McManus and co-curator Tade Ipadeola for including me.
I’m absolutely delighted to be the new IWC Roaming Writer In Residence. Watch out for me on trains north and south in the New Year.
I love trains. My first degree was in Electrical and Electronic engineering and I worked for both British Rail and Irish Rail as a Signal & Telecoms engineer when I graduated. I hope to explore some unusual and behind the scenes stories during my residency.
I was living in Dublin and working for Irish Rail when I first started to write – and my first every writers group was in the Irish Writers Centre with Thomas Kilroy. It’s lovely to feel the journey coming full circle…
I have a couple of places opening up for my One To One Mentoring Programme, tailored specifically for you. I’ll pass on all the craft, tips and techniques I’ve learned as an award winning writer and BBC script editor, and I’ll help you to take your writing to a deeper level.
Whether you’re writing a screenplay, poetry, novel, short stories, non-fiction or a play, I’ll get you writing and keep you writing. The mentoring can be done via Skype or in person.
I was touched by a recent client’s comment: “She had the rare talent of making you feel everything was possible and that you deserved that everything too.”
If you want to open up to your own limitless possibilities, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
I’m delighted to be part of the Irish Writers Centre Mindshift: Breaking Into Television day on Saturday 6th October at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin.
My session on Writing Drama runs from 11.50am-1.00pm
In this session find out what all drama commissioners are looking for and how to write a script that stands out. We’ll also look at the importance of story and what a script is NOT. I’ll share my experiences of writing for both the BBC and RTE. I worked as a script editor with the BBC for 8 years and I’ll also share my insights from the script editor’s point of view. I’ll detail what’s required in a submission, and how to build a relationship with an editor. There’ll also be some short writing exercises to get you thinking more deeply about your writing.
The day also includes Writing Comedy with James Phelan and a Panel session with Heather Browning and James Phelan chaired by David Kavanagh.
Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018
Time: 10.30am – 4.00pm
Duration: 1 Day
Cost: €50/€40 Members
It’s been an inspiring few months. Writing has helped me to heal and find my voice, and I love helping others do the same. I’m really enjoying my time as the Irish Writers Centre Writer In Residence with Womens Aid. The work coming out is heart-warming and eye opening.
I was delighted to be part of the second curation of the Poetry Jukebox, alongside Maria McManus. There are many powerful poems on here looking both directly and indirectly at the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. Have a listen outside the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. This curation runs until 10th June.
I’ve really enjoyed some mini residencies with schools in the north as part of Poetry Ireland’s Writers In Schools scheme. I was moved to tears by some beautiful feedback from one school where every pupil sent me a personal note. One said she always thought poetry was boring but now she knows it is beautiful. Another said she’s now keeping a poetry notebook and writes in it every day.
I’m looking forward to the next few months when I’ll be working with people who have eating disorders. I love helping people to find their voice again.
I’ll also be running another Heartfelt Writing Weekend. Here’s a lovely comment from a previous weekend: “This was the first workshop where I was ‘given permission’ to be myself, to write from my spirit – my heartbeat. I feel free.”
It’s a real joy to see some of my mentoring clients getting published and being shortlisted for awards.
And I’m working away on a new sequence of poems, thanks to a SIAP Award from the Arts Council. Here’s hoping the rest of 2018 is just as inspirational.
Sometimes you do your best writing in bed. Give yourself permission to do this.
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.
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.
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.