Date: March 2, 2024

Time: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm

Duration: 1 Day

Level: Professional Development |

Cost: €80 (€72 Members)

This course will take place in person on Saturday 2 March 2024

Course Summary:

Please note that this is a Meridian course, part of the IWC Professional Development strand for writers.

For many of us, the past few years have blown us off course, leaving us without the energy or focus to stay committed to our writing life. Adrift, we’re finding it difficult to set realistic goals and navigate a path towards a purpose-driven and fulfilling writing practice. If this sounds like you, rediscover your inner compass (if this was a poem I’d be accused of overextending the metaphor!) and set a course to a writing practice that uniquely suits you. This coach-led interactive workshop will give you the space, inspiration, companionship, knowledge, resources and tools needed to map your unique purpose as a writer, and develop a strategy and plan to stay on course with your writing goals.


Course Outline:

  • Setting out. Your origin story as a writer. Honouring and mapping your story so far
  • Your Unique North Star. Identify your purpose, values and writing goals
  • Heading off course? Learn how to manage self-sabotaging behaviours
  • Embracing the creative life. Creativity = Risk = Vulnerability. How to build resilience into your writing practice
  • Resourcing yourself. The supports you need to stay passionate and committed to your writing. Forming lifelong habits to keep on course

It is recommended that participants bring a learning journal. Slides are available after the workshop.

Course Outcomes:

Participants will come away from this workshop with a clear sense of direction for their writing practice, a deeper understanding of what is important for them as writers and resourced with a bagful of navigational tools and techniques to keep them on course, even when the waves and winds of life are high (sorry, I couldn’t resist).

Anne Tannam is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) who helps writers design and sustain flourishing writing practices. Anne has over 35 years of experience teaching, facilitating, and coaching and regularly runs workshops and clinics online and nationwide. For more on Anne’s coaching, visit

Anne has published three poetry collections. The latest, Twenty-six Letters of a New Alphabet, was published with Salmon Poetry in July 2021. With the support of a Literature Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland, Anne’s fourth collection dismantle is out this spring with Salmon.

Anne is also the Poet in Residence with Poetry Ireland. For more on Anne’s poetry, visit