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Alan McMonagle.
Longford County Arts Office is currently offering the opportunity for a small number of poets and prose writers to participate in a ten week mentoring programme.

Longford County Arts Office is currently offering the opportunity for a small number of poets and prose writers to participate in a ten week mentoring programme.

The prose and poetry programmes are primarily for committed beginners and those who may have been writing for some time.

Classes will be held on Tuesday nights from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Templemichael College Longford starting on Tuesday February 11.

Classes will be run by renowned writers Alan McMonagle and Noel Monahan.

Alan McMonagle has published two collections of short stories. He has contributed stories to many journals in Ireland and North America including The Adirondack Review, The Valparaiso Fiction Review, Natural Bridge, Grain, Prairie Fire, Southword and The Stinging Fly. A radio play, Oscar Night, has just been produced by RTÉ. Alan holds an MA in Writing from NUI Galway.

Well-known, Granard born, national award winning poet and dramatist Noel Monahan will work with poets on such topics as; the stirring of a poem, the line as a basic unit of a poem, the mass of language, word, syllables, editing , the final form of a poem, getting published and poetry outlets.

For your chance to win a place on this free Creative Writing Mentoring Programme, send a sample of your own work with your name and contact details to fkennedy@longfordcoco.ie before 5.00pm Tuesday, February 4.

In the case of poetry: five poems should be submitted and in the case of prose, a piece of approximately 300 – 500 words. The work must be the applicant’s own but need not have been written specifically for this programme. The winners’ names will be announced on www.virtualwriter.ie .