Meath County Council Library Service is set to reveal a programme of events for readers and budding writers, to be delivered by Meath Writer-In-Residence, Fiona Sherlock.

The events are detailed below

Edit and Pitch Masterclass, Tuesday 7th September @ 7.30pm: With the return of publishing book fairs, it’s a good time to dust off that book and pitch it to agents and publishers! Join Fiona Sherlock for a masterclass in editing, polishing and pitching your book. Whether you have a finished manuscript or if you just want to learn more about the publishing process, join Fiona for this virtual masterclass. Fiona will also review and provide feedback for participants submission packs. (Max 10 participants) –

 

Writing Classes: Fiona will start a six-week beginner writing class from Tuesday 21st September – 26th October. Aimed at those just starting to write, Fiona will discuss different forms including poetry, fiction, and non-fiction; share some writing tips and give participants a toolkit to explore the world of being a writer. No previous experience is required, this workshop-style class will be a safe space to share new work. Fiona will host a more advanced writing class, from 9th of November -14th December.

Email meathlibrariessocial@meathcoco.ie to reserve your place.

 

Current plans are to deliver these events remotely, in line with public health guidance.

 

A number of events aimed at readers are also planned, including workshops for children and adults as part of Children’s Book Festival in October, a salon showcase of local literary talent and a children’s Christmas storytime.

 

 

2. Library Social Media Competition

 

Meath County Council Library Service and Fiona Sherlock are asking members of the public to share their favourite memory of the library on social media, for a chance to win an exclusive prize of signed, first editions of all of Fiona’s books, plus the chance to chat about the written word over afternoon tea in Bellinter House. Visit @MeathLibrary on Twitter for more information on how to enter.

 

3. Mentorship programme success

 

Five local writers are closer to publication, thanks to the Mentorship programme, which Fiona delivered remotely over the past few months. They include Paul Cleary (pictured on yellow chair) who has been trying to find a home for his YA fantasy novel this summer, while also trying to finish a supernatural mystery Novella and Neil Whoriskey (pictured at computer) who said: “Fiona has been a really helpful mentor and my fellow participants have been very supportive”.

 

Niamh Donnellan has been working on a collection of short stories based around decisions made and unmade and said: Fiona has been so generous with her advice on writing and publishing. It has also been great to meet and learn from other Meath writers through the programme.

 

The Writer-In-Residence programme is funded by Meath County Council and Creative Ireland.