The John O'Connor Writing School
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Welcome to the website of the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival.

The writing school in John O’Connor’s name is intended to mark the rediscovery of his highly acclaimed novel, Come Day – Go Day. 


The Writing Courses will provide intensive tuition for everyone, including new and emerging writers. The choice of tutor is designed to ensure that the focus rests firmly on inspiring, celebrating and encouraging each and every ‘student’, irrespective of their level of skill and expertise.


The Student Programme consists of five courses: Poetry, Fiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting and Songwriting. Students will select one course of study and will receive up to ten hours of tuition, including an Industry Talk specific to their subject. Industry Talks are provided by some of the best writers in Ireland and the UK, allowing students an opportunity to engage with the writer in an informal setting.


The three days promise to offer a unique mix of writing courses, industry talks along side a range of music and art events which will provide something for everyone.

AGM Notice

We are holding our AGM on Monday evening (16 April, 7pm) in the Charlemont Arms Hotel, Armagh. If you would like to come along and support what we are doing, you will be welcomed with open arms. Equally if you are just curious to find out more, that’s great too. All welcome!


Festival Programme

Have a look at our 2017 programme

Purchase Tickets

Purchase tickets from Armagh Visitor Information Centre

“The world of John O’Connor is a world of the freshly snedded turnip, the new-sawn plank, the sod shining under the plough. His extraordinary gift is to render the life of the Mill Row in Armagh as deftly and definitively as Steinbeck renders Cannery Row or Bob Dylan Desolation Row.”


– Paul Muldoon, February 2016

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