Denyse Woods - Writer in Residence in Libraries for 2017

Denyse Woods has taken up the post of Writer in Residence for Libraries for 2017.  The principal objective of this programme is to support creative writing activity in local areas, by providing an 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 in Bantry, Charleville, Clonakilty, Cobh and Macroom. 


Denyse Woods, who has also written as Denyse Devlin, is a Cork-based novelist and the author of five novels. Her first novel, Overnight to Innsbruck was published by the Lilliput Press in 2002, and four subsequent novels were published by Penguin Ireland, including The Catalpa Tree, a bestseller in Ireland and the U.K. Her sixth novel, Into Temptation, will be launched by Hoopoe Fiction in the US in March 2018 and worldwide the following month. Her work has 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 warm 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 close 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 contact Sinéad Donnelly County Arts Office:  021-4346210