Writing Workshops


Kiltumper GardenWe are excited to announce that, in 2021, we have taken the Kiltumper Writing Workshops online. The first online workshops in fiction took place in the winter of 2020 with 20 writers from around the world. Another one took place during April. Use the contact to write to us if you’re interested in knowing more. 

The Workshop: Each session is devoted to a different aspect of the craft of fiction, Character, Setting, Plot, Dialogue, Point-of-View, and Style, and divided into three parts. In the first part, Niall gives a directed talk on the chosen topic, using examples from classic literature, and outlining his understanding of how this aspect of fiction works, and why. In the second part, he assigns a writing exercise, tightly focused on the topic, asks participants to leave the ‘Workshop Room’ for 40 mins to complete the exercise. In the third part, each participant is asked to read their exercise assignment, and Niall gives directed feedback, with the aim of highlighting that week’s aspect, and securing the points made.

The online workshop offers writers from different parts of the world the opportunity to work with Niall and other writers over a period of weeks from the comfort of their homes.      

As with the in-person workshops in Kiltumper, numbers are limited to guarantee the maximum opportunity for attention and feedback on each writer’s work. Each session will involve a maximum of 12 writers.

The Fee :for the workshop is €300.00 

To accommodate a global audience the workshops begin at 6pm GMT/ 1pm EST/ 10am PST and run for 3 hours. Places can be secured by payment of a non-refundable deposit of €100 HERE or use the contact page if you have any questions. 

Pay BALANCE of workshop HERE

It is hoped that we will be able to return to offering in-person workshops at Kiltumper later in 2022. 

NEXT KILTUMPER FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP ONLINE via Zoom will start 26th February 2022 (6pm – 9pm GMT) and run for 5 consecutive Saturdays. Book here.

A writer who attended the November 2016 workshop in Kiltumper, 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.” –

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

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