The Mythic Imagination: Creative Writing Workshop with Adam Wyeth
Date: June 11, 2022
Time: 10.30 am - 1.30 pm
Duration: 2 Days
Level: Beginner | Emerging |
‘Mythology is not a lie, it is poetry, it is metaphorical’ Joseph Campbell
Adam Wyeth will take you on a journey through the great panoply of Celtic myth, revealing how these ancient narratives and traditions are deeply intertwined into the fabric of our daily lives.
Adam has developed a series of unique creative writing exercises, showing the many ways in which you can interlace your writing with Celtic references. Once you’ve unlocked the mythic imagination, you’ll be shown how you can add your own 21st century twist to the rich bedrock of Celtic heritage – finding new ways from the old ways to enhance your work with hidden layers and depth.
You’ll explore many of Ireland’s major traditional forms from Early literature, Immrama, Dindsenchas to aisling, and look at themes of metamorphosis, animal symbolism, tree folklore, archetype and lots more. Through readings and discussion you’ll discover that the mythic imagination is not a tacked on idea or an exercise in nostalgia pining for a bygone age, but that it speaks to our inner lives and is at the heart of all great literature and art.
As well as poetry, the course is tailored towards prose writing too. You’ll explore how you can apply these mythic ideas and archetypes to develop characters and enhance plot, adding hidden layers to your work. We’ll see how leading Irish writers have used and transformed these forms and then find exciting ways to apply these ideas to your own work with inspirational exercises, writing prompts and games.
Expect to come out of the workshop with some great new work and a deepened appreciation and awareness of modern literature, myth, tradition and writing craft. These workshops are designed for writers of all levels of experience and no knowledge of mythology is required. All you need is paper, pen – and your imagination!