Fingal's annual writers festival is back from 15th - 22nd October and the calendar of events is now open for booking. A full list of events is here. Many of them focus on helping people get started on writing in different media and progress from blank page to published work. This year also sees them include story telling through song writing (workshops with Mick Hanley no less) and stand-up comedy workshops. I like the look of "Four Savvy Women" presented by Mary Wilson of RTÉ Drivetime, which takes place in Farmleigh on Wednesday, 19th October. Last year's event in this slot featured her Drivetime diarists, and was really worthwhile.
I hear events are booking up fast, so get going if you are interested. They are all completely free!