Orla is available to workshop the process of “Life-writing”. This genre includes memoir, autobiography, family history, diary, journaling; any form of creative, narrative, non-fiction based upon the facts of the writer’s life. Orla can give an introduction to the history of life-writing, discuss recent and ancient examples, point beginners in the direction of useful resources, provide exercises to get the life-writing juices flowing etc.
June 2013: As part of the Babble Festival in Cavan town: workshopped with Cavan Creative Writers and Fermanagh writers’ group.
August 2013: As part of the Babble Festival weekend: workshopped with members of the public and writers’ groups. Read at Chapter One cafe at the launch of the Babble Festival literary magazine, with Dermot Healy and Ted McCarthy and others.
November 2013: As part of the Shore Festival in Sligo: workshopped with young/emerging writers. Read at the festival club.