Summer creative writing camps for talented teens – dates and testimonials


Image from my Words Allowed workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival

I am leading a couple of week-long creative writing workshops for talented teens in June and July. These are Ireland’s top creative environments for teens interest in all kinds of writing – from comics to songs to short stories and more. If you have a talented teen looking for a challenging and enjoyable week that will expose them to all kinds of new ideas and creative tasks and boost their skills and self-confidence, these are the workshops to send them to.

Dave Lordan

Dublin Young Authors at the Big Smoke Writing Factory (with Claire Hennessy)Monday June 29th
– Friday July 3rd

Words Allowed at the West Cork Literary Festival Mon 13th to Friday 17th of July

Dates for Workshops with Cork County Libraries in July TBA

I have some slack in my summer calendar and can take bookings from festivals/orgs at

In the Autumn on Saturday mornings in the Irish Writers Centre I will be leading a six week practical, intensive course in how and why to teach creative writing in a variety of contexts including schools and community organizations, to adults and children of all ages, to writers in different genres and career stages. Lesson planning, curriculum design, and project planning will be covered in detail and the course will focus closely on how to get the creative best from each student. Learn how to find your niche and seek employment in the growing but complex creative writing profession. I developed my  teacher training practice at Mater Dei Institute of Education, DCU, where I was nominated for the 2013 Presidents Award. I am the leading expert in teaching creative writing for community education in Ireland, having worked with RTÉ, CBI, Dublin City Libraries, and Youthreach among others. Query to


Here are some testimonials for my work with talented teens:

“Our inaugural Creative Writing Workshop for Teenage Writers, which was designed and led by Dave Lordan, was one of the great successes of this year’s West Cork Literary Festival. It sold out very quickly, and participants travelled from all around the country to take part. Parents expressed their appreciation that a workshop aimed specifically at creative teenagers was available. In this course, Dave concentrated on the participants’ creativity, without limiting it to writing, which allowed them to develop a very broad spectrum of artistic skills. One young man, for example, was invited by renowned author Dava Sobel to perform a section of her play during her own headline event. A young woman, who had insisted on the first day that she would never do a public reading, nonetheless read her extraordinary piece about the Christchurch earthquake on the following Friday. Several of the group, with Dave’s guidance, volunteered to take part in our Amnesty International Writers at Risk campaign, which involved reading to huge audiences, in front of world-class authors. Dave’s work on this involved helping the group to write and edit their pieces, coaching them in public speaking, and giving moral support at the event. Having young people involved, like this, in many aspects of our programme was an asset to the festival – and would not have been possible without Dave. His dedication to his group was extraordinary. He made himself available to them around the clock, which in fact made it possible for the WCLF to hold this workshop in the first place. The group produced brilliant work in the classroom sessions and their performances at a special reading on the final day were also a testament to Dave’s hard work. Several parents spoke to me in moving terms about what this very special week in Bantry had meant to their children, and so to them, and this is entirely due to Dave’s talent, dedication, and sensitivity. I very much enjoyed working with him, and look forward to repeating the workshop again next year – with Dave at the helm.”

Denyse Woods, Artistic Director, West Cork Literary Festival


Dave Lordan’s Workshops were a real treat. He

managed to bring out the students’ creative side in a really fun and

engaging way. Many of these students discovered sides of themselves

that hadn’t been explored before. Highly recommended.’

Stephen Doherty, JCSP Librarian, Wicklow Community College


Dave Lordan delivered the ‘Got Something to Say’ series of spoken word workshops for Dublin City Public Libraries. Working with teens from the Coolock and Darndale area Dave made poetry relevant to their lives, encouraged their self expression and helped build their confidence and self esteem. The resulting work was heartfelt and resonant and was performed confidently to an audience of adults and peers who were very impressed. We’d love to have Dave back again for a similar project.

Mags Curley, Dublin City Libraries


Dave Lordan did a series of creative writing workshops with primary and secondary students as part of our Dublin 8 One Liberties, One Book project. He was great to work with.He pitched his sessions at a level that allowed children of all abilities to participate. He dealt very skillfully with all eight groups and succeeded in getting them not just to produce work but in many cases to present it to the rest of the class. There was lots of fun, laughter and enthusiasm in the session.Dave’s preparation and the time he took to liaise with us before embarking on the sessions was very valuable. He was very easy to deal with and very flexible in responding to our needs. I look forward to working with Dave again and would highly recommend his workshops to others.

Deirdre Cronin,Home School Community Liaison Coordinator, The Coombe, Dublin 8,