A series of online courses at Hawk’s Well to kick off the new year

The new year can offer a fresh start, with many of us taking advantage of the fresh start to usher in positive changes. New Year’s resolutions come in many forms and provide a great opportunity to learn a new skill or brush up on old ones. Fortunately, Hawk’s Well Theater is launching a series of online classes.

Starting with writing, why not step out of your comfort zone and unleash your creativity with John Colleary as he returns with his fun six-week comedy writing course for adults starting Monday 24th January. Whatever your favorite comedy genre, this course will help you develop your unique writing style.

If creative writing is your passion, The Essentials of Writing with Brian Leyden may be for you. Starting Tuesday, January 25, this six-week series of creative writing sessions will guide you through the writing process with the care, expertise, and openness that Brian is renowned for.

For those who prefer the stage, Bob Kelly returns with a new six-week course in playwriting, suitable for novice and aspiring playwrights. Whether you are interested in full plays, musicals, short plays, or other forms, this course is for you. Starting Wednesday, February 2, Bob will cover areas such as: The Creative Process, Story Structure, and Characters.

Moving on to music, renowned traditional flautists Stephen Doherty, Liam Kelly and John Wynne offer Connaught Flute Styles, a special series of six-week workshops for flautists of all ages wishing to improve their technique and expand their repertoire.

Starting Monday, January 24, these workshops offer participants a taste of different flute styles and tunes from across the province.

It is often said that a good accompanist will improve the playing of others and there are few better at this in Irish music than Seamie O’Dowd. Join Seamie from Monday January 24th in this six-week workshop that examines his unique vision of accompanying Irish music. Designed for intermediate to advanced guitarists of all ages, Seamie will teach Drop D guitar tuning and review guitar chord choices, vocals, and rhythms.

If you want to learn more about accompaniment on a larger scale, Seamie O’Dowd also offers song accompaniment. Also starting Monday, January 24, this six-week workshop series will take an in-depth look at song accompaniment in DADGAD tuning, exploring a multitude of styles – from folk, traditional Irish and American music to blues, rock and contemporary originals.

2017 TG4 Composer of the Year, Michael Rooney presents a series of unique workshops in traditional music composition, starting Tuesday, January 25. For those interested in arranging, melody, and composition, this six-week workshop with Michael will explore various aspects of writing and arranging melodies by examining his inspirations, processes, and skills. that he brings to his composition work.

Finally, fiddlers of all ages interested in improving their technique and expanding their repertoire will enjoy a series of very special workshops with Brid Harper, Liz Kane and Siobhan Peoples. Beginning Thursday, January 27, Fiddle Styles is a six-week workshop series that provides attendees with a taste of different fiddle styles and tunes from across the country, led by renowned traditional fiddlers.

Each of the online courses offered by Hawk’s Well are delivered via Zoom with limited capacity, so early booking is advised.

Full details of all courses, including prices, are available by visiting the theater online at www.hawkswell.com. For ticketing, visit the website or call the ticket office on 071 916 1518.

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