WIS Database of Writers
- Kate Dempsey
- Poet, Short-Story writer
- Discussion with Writer, Creative Writing Workshop, Master Class
- Age Group
- 8 - 18
- Primary, Post Primary
- Works in English ONLY
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
productions & background experience
My poetry has been widely published in Ireland & the UK. I have read at many festivals & other events, including Poetry Ireland Introductions Series, Cavan Windows Introductions & The Electric Picnic Festival.
My short stories have appeared in The Sunday Tribune, Do the Write Thing (anthology, Poolbeg 2007) and broadcast on RTE Radio. I have also contributed pieces to The Quiet Quarter on Lyric FM.
My play, The Last Cowboy in the East was produced by The Red Kettle Theatre Company in Waterford.
I was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing award for both poetry and fiction, as well as winning the Cecil Day Lewis Award for a one act play, & for poetry.
I have been awarded bursaries & travel awards for the Tyrone Guthrie Centre & for the Overpfälzer Kűnstlerhaus in Bavaria.
Experienced workshop leader in primary & secondary schools, libraries, festivals and in the National Gallery.
1 Structure of a story. Talk about traditional fairy story structure, hooks, conflict & resolution. Fairy stories told from another point of view.
2 Describing using the 5 senses. A piece of writing about memories of places & special events gives a good opportunity to write sensitively & evocatively.
3 Poetry with similes and metaphors. Describe people by comparing them to animals giving reasons why. What can you compare yourself with?
4 Onomatopoeia. Sound words are always fun. Use a mindmap to gather your thoughts & describe an animal.
5 Haiku poems capture a moment, thought, idea briefly. Read some examples, learn about syllables, do some counting and develop some season words together.
6 Characterisation. Create a character from a group of objects, description, past history and secret thoughts, put them in a tricky situation & write about their reaction.
7 Drama. Show don’t tell. Portray an emotion through movement & dialogue. Write a piece of drama & perform to the class.
8 Write a story in the round. Start a story based on a season, swap around the class for each of the seasons, then using editing techniques, rewrite.
9 How To. Start by writing instructions to make me a cup of tea. Move on to instructions on how to fly, how to become invisible, etc.
Age Group Details
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