This one day Biography Writing workshop, directed by Polar exploration expert Michael Smith will incorporate finding the right subject, tips & traps of research, agent or no agent?, writing a synopsis for a publisher, the importance of presentation, locating pictures & maps, understand the minefield of copyright, tips on writing styles, the use of quotations and compiling a biography. Michael will also provide a brief and strictly confidential appraisal of any individual ideas for non-fiction books which participants wish to discuss.  The workshop will take place on Sunday October 22nd from 10 am to 3 pm.

Michael Smith is an authority on Polar exploration whose nine books have generated combined sales of over 250,0000.  His best-selling biography of Tom Crean, An Unsung Hero, has sold well over 100,000 copies worldwide and cast new light on Ireland’s significant role in early Polar exploration. He has appeared in TV and radio documentaries and lectured at many literary festivals in Ireland, including Writers’ Week Listowel, Cúirt, West Cork Literary Festival, Mountains to Sea Festival Dublin, Eigse and the Ennis Book Festival. Michael has also spoken at many prestigious venues, including:  National Library of Ireland, The National Museum of Ireland, Princess Grace Memorial Library Monaco, Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace, Queen’s University Belfast, Royal Geographical Society, Royal Scottish Geographical Society and Scott Polar Research Institute Cambridge.   Michael is a former award-winning journalist with The Guardian and The Observer.

Workshop Fee – €50 (includes light lunch)