New education opportunities in West Cork

Posted on: 17th January, 2017

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Skibbereen’s unique adult education provider, West Cork College, has unveiled five new courses and a Writers’ Weekend for February 2017.

Dr. Emma Bidwell reported that a most exciting course is the West Cork Spring Watch based on the popular BBC programme and taught by Breda Moriarty from the Deep Maps Project UCC. This will be a great way of discovering local wildlife, flora and marine life, with particular focus on Loch Hyne. A unique West Cork celebration of the Brontës’ bicentenary will also take place with sessions on their novels such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. And, after the huge success of her Taste of West Cork events, Dr. Bernie McCarthy will lead a course on Irish Fairies and Legends. There are also popular courses on Kate O’Brien’s novels and Women and Philosophy. West Cork College classes are exceptional, as they are taught in the formal rooms of Killeena House Estate by university lecturers but without any of the stress of formal education. They are a very affordable €95 for eight weeks and include tea and coffee.

West Cork College has also launched its Creative Writers’ Workshop Weekend. This is an enjoyable way to explore your writing potential in a friendly and supportive environment. Facilitated by two highly experienced creative writing experts, this weekend offers a unique opportunity for writers of any genre to develop a new project or kick-start a project that is already underway. Classes and writing workshops will run from 10am to 5pm each day, with ample opportunity for one to one mentoring of your work throughout the weekend. This is also based in Killeena House with an accommodation option available. The weekend is on February 4/5 and prices start from €150.

West Cork College is a privately run adult education provider. Established in 2013 by Dr. Emma Bidwell and Dr. Bernie McCarthy to give people in West Cork the chance to continue learning in an entertaining and informal way. You can contact Emma at 0877547665; email:
admin@westcorkcollege.ie; see the website at
www.westcorkcollege.ie or twitter @westcorkcoll.

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