There’s no fire without smoke… spark your creativity!

Big Smoke is a an organisation which believes in serving the needs of its students to create a supportive, creative, inspiring and productive environment in which workshop participants can:

  • Develop their writing skills
  • Be placed in a class which suits their interests, abilities, and goals
  • Have a fun and enriching experience at each class, workshop or event
  • Feel comfortable and confident sharing their work and contributing to group discussions
  • Feel comfortable asking questions and sharing their knowledge among peers
  • Learn in a student-centric environment, from teachers who are passionate about writing and the teaching of writing

Big Smoke is run by writers, for writers. We believe in quality teaching and workshop facilitation, and collaborate on developing resources for our ‘general’ classes, like our Beginning to Write classes, while bringing our particular expertise in a wide variety of fields to our students through our more specialist courses. We regularly use feedback from workshop participants to improve existing classes and develop new ones. We know how important it is for writers to be supported and encouraged in their practice and are committed to providing feedback on work that is constructive and useful.

The Big Smoke Writing Factory has been profiled in The Irish Times, theSunday Business Post, on Mind Your Business (RTE radio 1), Newstalk radio (including the Why We Write documentary series), and Near FM. For media enquiries, please email or phone 087-976-6253.

The Big Smoke Writing Factory, founded 2009, is currently managed by two of its founding members and directors, Nicole Rourke and Claire Hennessy. Its other founding directors were Yvonne Cullen (until 2010) and Maggie Smith Hurt (until 2012). Big Smoke Writing Factory Ltd is registered with the CRO: company number 474530.

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