SUPPORTING THE ARTS: Denyse Woods is Cork County Council’s 2019 Writer in Residence

7 April 2019
By Bryan Smyth

Denyse Woods has accepted the post of Cork County Council’s Writer in Residence for Libraries for 2019. The Writer in Residence programme aims to support creative writing activity in local areas, by providing engagement and interaction with people interested in writing, with the local library service as the centre for the programme.

Denyse will provide a group workshop and one-to-one sessions with adult writers in five library locations namely Ballyvourney, Dunmanway, Kanturk, Millstreet and Passage West Libraries

Denyse Woods, who also writes as Denyse Devlin, is the author of six novels, including Of Sea and Sand (2018), Overnight to Innsbruck and The Catalpa Tree. She has been awarded Literature Bursaries by the Arts Council of Ireland and Cork County Council as well as writers’ residencies with the Shanghai Writers’ Association, the Centre Culture Irlandais in Paris and Zvona i Nari, in Liznjan, Croatia.

In 2016, as the winner of the Florida Keys Flash Fiction Award, Denyse was offered the extraordinary opportunity to spend two weeks writing in Ernest Hemingway’s studio in Key West – the first author to do so since Hemingway himself. Denyse was Writer in Residence with Cork County Council Library & Arts Service in 2017. Her books have been translated into six languages.

During her tenure as Writer in Residence, Denyse will run Creative Writing workshops during which participants can look forward to exploring their ideas and creativity in a friendly and supportive environment. She will focus on the essentials of good writing in order to bring out the very best from each writer.

The residency will also provide a one-to-one mentoring service which will give aspiring writers an opportunity to do readings of their work with Denyse and to take advantage of her editorial and publishing experience.

Those involved in the writing programme will also have the opportunity to take part in at least one public reading in their local library and will be encouraged to enter writing competitions, at home and abroad, and to submit work for publication in newspapers, journals and other publications.

Above all, Denyse hopes to bring a writing rhythm into the lives of participants and the broader writing community, so that writing becomes part of their routine, ultimately allowing them to finally achieve their literary aspirations, whether in a private or public capacity.

For further information on the residency please contact: Sinéad Donnelly at Cork County Council’s Arts Office: 021-4346210

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