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"Anyone thinking about attending a Niall Williams writing workshop should stop thinking and get it booked."
– John in Scotland

Read more about what the participants thought...



Fiction Writing Workshops  in Kiltumper continue to gather strength. Several writers have gone on to publish or get literary representation. 



Due to the Covid Crisis our next Fiction Writing Workshop will be held ONLINE 


This is a new adventure because of the Pandemic.  Many writers have written to us requesting Niall do some online workshops, so we are going to give it a try.  If interested please  write to kiltumperbooks at 

The first online workshop in fiction will be held over six sessions, once a week 

Saturday, January 9th —Saturday, February 13th 

Each session will last three hours, from 6pm—9pm, GMT, and be
conducted through Zoom.

Each session will be devoted to a different aspect of the craft of fiction, Character, Setting, Plot, Dialogue, Point of View, and Style, and will be divided into three parts. 

In the first part, Niall will give a directed talk on the chosen topic, using examples from classic literature, and outlining his understanding how this aspect of fiction works. In the second part, he will assign a writing exercise, tightly focused on the topic, and ask participants to leave the 'workshop room' for 40 minutes to complete the exercise. In the third part, each participant will be asked to read their assignment, and Niall will give directed feedback with the aim of highlighting that week's aspect and securing the points made. 

The online workshop will offer writers from different parts of the world the opportunity to work with Niall over a period of weeks from the comfort of their own homes. As with in the in-person workshops in Kiltumper, numbers will be limited to guarantee the maximum opportunity for attention and feedback on each writer's work.

The fee for the inaugural online workshop will be 200 Euro. Places can be secured by payment of a non-refundable deposit of 100 Euro. Email here. We hope to return to our bi-annual Writing Workshops here in Kiltumper mid 2021...



Here is a comment from a writer who attended the November 2016 workshop and secured an agent, got a publishing deal and was nominated for the Costa Awards for debut novel! 

"I’ve just got back from an extraordinary three days of deep learning at one of Niall Williams’ workshops for writers. Not every inspiring author is an inspiring teacher - but Niall Williams teaches with the same combination of sensitivity and precision with which he writes.  Over the carefully planned sessions, his insight into the craft of writing penetrated sharply, giving us the tools with which to sculpt our own work. Niall gave tirelessly of himself in every session, creating an atmosphere of profound acceptance and respect into which we wrote and critiqued with clear and transformative goals. He and his wife, Christine, provided a backdrop of warm hospitality, peppered with delicious convivial meals in their home.  You will come away changed as a writer." -

Joanne Glen, bestselling author of the Costa Nominated THE OTHER HALF OF AUGUSTA HOPE, London





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