Poetics Serendipity

26 Sep

8:00 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Everybody’s Talkin’ by Harry Nilsson

I received an email earlier this week asking if I would mention a new site. More than a site,  Carrie King describes it as ‘a new start-up company here in Ireland called WritersWebTV. We provide online free-to-watch live creative writing workshops that are accessible worldwide‘.

I have explored the site, and looked at their Facebook page — where they won me immediately by featuring Neil Gaiman delivering a Commencement Speech Make Good Art and a T. S. Eliot ‘caffeinated quote’. I liked everything I saw and read enough to feature the site on this post.

They launch  officially this coming Saturday, September 28th, with their first workshop. The first workshops are fiction based. It occurred to me that with NaNoWriMo looming and with several of you writing flash fiction and interested in YA and in memoir, that this will be a very useful place.

Five minutes ago I sent an email  to Carrie, figuring I can put the answer in comments but she responded  immediately: If all goes well, poetry is planned for after Christmas. The people who have put the start-up together must be very excited. The project is an ambitious one, as you can see in the information Carrie gave me:

‘Each workshop will feature amazing international writers and industry professionals and will be free when you watch it live. If you like the content, you can pay to keep the course.

If you’re writing for children or young adults, you need to be beside your computer on September 28th — 10am-4.30pm (London time) — for the launch of, a new Irish start-up, delivering a world first for writers: top-class, online free-to-watch live writing workshops. (Yes, some of us will have to wake early. Have the coffee ready.)

Upcoming courses also include, Getting to the Heart of it: Writing Women’s Fiction, on Tuesday, October 15th; Crime Pays: Writing Crime Fiction, on Wednesday, October 30th; and, Getting Published, on Saturday, November 9th.

Featuring Irish and international best-selling writers and industry professionals, these workshops are aimed at new and aspiring authors keen to polish their writing and get it on the path to publication.

The first workshop, Writing for Children and Young Adults, will run on Saturday, September 28th, with picture book authors & illustrators Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick and Michael Emberley, Emmy award-winning director Norton Virgien of Brown Bag Films, and Literary Agent Polly Nolan. They will be joined by international bestselling YA authors Meg Rosoff and Oisín McGann, all giving their sage advice and talking the viewers through the colourful world of children’s and YA fiction.

You can avail yourself of the workshops for free when you watch them live and can communicate with the experts in the studio, using Twitter, Facebook, or email. You can also take part in each workshop exercise and benefit from on-screen feedback. If you want to download a workshop or watch it later, you can pay to keep the course. Sign up now at to join us on the 28th!

The shows are streamed from a multi-camera broadcast studio, complete with an in-studio audience of aspiring writers who will present some of their work for critique by the best-selling authors. Led by Vanessa O’Loughlin, founder of, the panel will cover the key elements of fiction writing at every workshop, and furnish you with tips and advice to help you polish your writing and get it on the path to publication.

How do I find out more?

Just check us out online at, email us at, or get in touch through Facebook, or Twitter @writerswebtv.’

Me back. I know that’s a lot to chew on, but this is an exciting looking new prospect. Visit. Check them out.

I shall see you tomorrow for the prompt roundup; next Tuesday for the prompt I put off last week; and next Thursday for more serendipity.

Happy writing, everyone.



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3 responses to “Poetics Serendipity

  1. val dering rojas

    27/09/2013 at 12:19 am

    This is really cool!

    • margo roby

      27/09/2013 at 7:12 am

      I think so, too, Val! I hope they get a lot of participants.


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