Carrick-on-Suir hosts 6th annual Brewery Lane Writers Weekend 

Aileen Hahesy


Aileen Hahesy

Writers Weekend course leaders Adam Wyeth and Jessica Traynor with organiser Margaret O'Brien.

Carrick-on-Suir's Brewery Lane Theatre briefly became an academy for 12 aspiring writers last weekend. 

The sixth annual Brewery Lane Writers Weekend attracted budding wordsmiths from as far as Dublin and Leitrim as well as counties Tipperary and Waterford. 

They all came to hone their creative writing skills at workshops and one-to-one sessions  led by professional writers Adam Wyeth and Jessica Traynor. 

The three day writers festival opened with Brewery Lane Theatre's monthly "Poetry Plus" session in the Theatre's tearoom last Friday night. At the event, more than 20 people recited poetry and prose they or other authors had written .  

It was a fitting start to the intensive weekend of writing tutorials that covered everything from plotting and shaping a short story or novel to tackling poetry forms and rewriting, editing and polishing.  

The workshops took place in the Theatre's tearooms while the Tudor Artisan Hub was the venue for the one-to-one sessions with the guest writers.  The 12 participants produced a piece of creative writing over the Weekend, which they read at the closing reading session on Sunday afternoon. 

Brewery Lane Writers Weekend founder Margaret O'Brien, an English and Creative Writing lecturer at WIT, said Brewery Lane Theatre was a beautiful venue for the festival, which aims to develop people's writing skills and give them an opportunity to work with and learn from professional writers. 

Margaret is also involved in the Story House Writers Retreat, which runs longer five day creative writing courses. She also periodically runs "Writing Changes Lives" workshops at Brewery Lane Theatre.