24-26th October inclusive, so arrive on Friday 23rd October 2020

Storyteller in Residence: Minton Sparks

Minton Sparks is a wildly original Tennessee born storyteller/performance artist.

She has performed on a wide range of stages, including the Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, 
Tennessee and the Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series in New York City along with numerous 
festivals and universities. She's been a featured teller at the Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival four times. 
The Southern Writers Fellowship awarded Minton the Spoken Word Award in 2015.Minton has a 
Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and also attended Divinity school. She founded the Nashville Writing 
and Performance Institute 10 years ago and has taken her workshops to universities and corporate groups.


Workshop: Creating Your Story

About the Workshop: Every one of us has a story about who we are. Some are wildly inspiring; other times, they are the very things that hold us back. I believe that tremendous value lies in locating yourself within a particular time and place in history. After all, many wonderful artistic pursuits are born out of autobiographies. This workshop offers you an opportunity to better discover who you are through exploring and listening deeply to your own story.

In this multi-day workshop, we begin with grounding the writing on the people and places we come from and then move into art making from our personal stories. This is a perfect chance to root down into our stories so that our voices can rise up. It will be a beautiful conversation between what you already know and a new place that is calling you. 

No writing or performance experience necessary.


Timetable: Where and When

To be held in cottage 6 behind Ciaran Danny Mike’s Pub

SATURDAY 24October
10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.mMorning Session1:00 p.m – 2.00 p.mLUNCH2:00 p.m – 5:00 p.mEvening Session9:00 p.m – 11:00 p.mOptional Stories/musiclocation to be confirmed
SUNDAY 25 October
10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.mMorning Session1:00 p.m – 2.00 p.mLUNCH2:00 p.m – 5:00 p.mEvening Session6:30 p.m – ….. p.mDINNER in a restaurant on the islandlocation to be confirmed  
MONDAY 26 October
9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.mMorning Session1:00 p.m – whenever p.mOptional Island Walk4:00 p.mFerryMore ferries, Monday morning at 7:15 a.m or 9:00 a.mTuesday 9:00am or 4:00pm
Open to all but limited to c. 16: A fun yet heuristic opportunity for aspiring storytellers, practicing storytellers, teachers of all levels, librarians, social workers, politicians, actors , priests, publicans. . .

When Applying


Total cost €200 = €150 for course plus a non-refundable registration fee of €50.

A light buffet Lunch of  Vegetable soup (gluten/ dairy free) and an array of bread, crackers, cheese, ham, various salads, and other delights, along with cakes, tea, herbal tea, coffee and biscuits, will be created and served up by our delightful assistant on Saturday and Sunday, meals will be included in the price. Monday lunch will be what ever is left! Or you can buy lunch in Sean Rua’s restaurant before you leave the Island…or in Bushe’s of Baltimore (to be on the safe side) after surviving the ferry ride!!

Any dietary issues please tell us in registration email.

A special banquet for all, held Sunday night, will be an extra, price (and location) yet to be determined.


email Conor: finnegas2@gmail.com to book a place.



Latest registration by Sept 9, 2020: ( €50 )

Workshop fee by October 1st 2020. ( €150 )



Registration process: 


1. Send an email to finnegas2 ( complete the address with “@gmail.com“).

Any dietary issues please tell us in registration email.


2. You will receive an email-confirmation that you have been placed on the registration-list on a first-come first-serve basis.


3. Make sure to pay the non-refundable registration fee within *two weeks* of your email confirmation. Please note that if you have not paid your registration fee within these two weeks, we may no longer be able to guarantee your place.


4. Once all places on the workshop have been filled, we will keep your name on a reserve list through which you may still obtain a place should someone cancel.

*Note: the workshop fee can also be paid in one go with the registration fee at the time of registering *



HOUSE SHOES  Please bring slippers, as both houses are shoe free zones

Accommodation options: usually a gang of us stay in the Hostel, where we can make our own breakfast’s and dinner’s. Email hostel direct to book a place, prior booking is best, Info@capeclearhostel.com

There is a B&B – Eileen Leonard 028 39160 (close to Chucks house, that will now be a 20 min walk to the new venue for our workshop )

Cape Clear Holiday Houses; there is an opportunity for people to stay there, so if  up to 6 people would like to club together you could rent a house, one en-suite double room and two twin rooms, so hardly any walking involved, please contact Mary O Drisceoil 0044 7553359596, or 086 3665078 please organize this amongst your selves

VENUE for Workshop

We will be working in the Holiday houses close to North Harbour.


If you require a taxi for the short walk up a small hill, ring 086 3836759



Leaving Baltimore:   (€18 return)  45 minute crossing

Friday ( 23rd ) ferry service to Cape Clear

Sailing: 11am or 5.30pm


Leaving Cape Clear:

Ferry is at 4pm (Monday 26th)

More ferries, Monday morning at 7:15 a.m or 9:00 a.m

Tuesday 9:00am or 4:00pm




The Storytelling Workshop, sister to the Storytelling Festival, is also in it’s 26th year. Chuck and Nell Kruger, founders of both the Cape Clear Storytelling Festival and the popular October Weekend Storytelling Workshop, have sadly left the Island. However a bunch of hard core attendees have decided to keep it going in their honour, and also because they love it too much to let it die.

*Please note that the location for holding the workshop has changed on the island, it will now be held in the holiday houses behind Ciaran Danny Mikes Pub, same as last year, not far from where the ferry comes in.