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Creative Writing Courses & Workshops in Ireland 2009 (Archive)
The Creative Writer's Workshop - Irene Graham

Summer 2009

Autumn & Winter 2009

Sept 2009
Mon 7 to Fri 11


Residential

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Writing & Walking on the Aran Island of Inis Mór, County Galway, Ireland

with Irene Graham & Dara Molloy Residential
Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Co. Galway

This is an exclusive residential Writer's Retreat for seven writers. The workshop is open to new and established writers.

The ideal participant will be committed to the writing process and is seeking an experience and in-depth understanding of fiction writing, story creation and personal creativity, coupled with the great outdoors!

It is required that the participant is fit and capable of walking two to three hours at a time.

Throughout 5 days and 4 nights the group will write and explore inner creativity and engage in inspiring walks around Inis Mór - the larger of the Aran Islands. The duration of each walk is flexible - 2/3 hours across easy terrain (not mountain trekking!). This workshop will provide the perfect setting for you to discover and develop your writing skills as you tap into your imagination, not only through writing, but by enjoying and exploring the rugged and invigorating terrain of Inis Mór island.

Experience island life as you learn to kick back to a pace conducive to writing and thinking creatively.

Using Right Brain exercises, the creative writing workshops throughout the week will focus upon creativity, deepening and enhancing your unique writing voice through the art of creative writing and the development of story.

You will understand how characters are created, how to develop them and learn techniques to imaginatively incorporate your character into the structure of story. You will also concentrate upon Theme within story and learn how to weave and integrate life experiences into premise for story development.

You will be enthralled by guided walks to the ancient island sites as you listen to mythical stories as told by Dara Molloy, a great storyteller and Celtic scholar living on Inis Mór.

You will also delight in a pony trap ride to one of these ancient sites! In the evenings you will be able to mix with the locals and enjoy Irish Traditional music. You will also have plenty of time to explore the island in your own time, or to just sit and write, as you overlook the vast Atlantic Ocean.

This is a unique opportunity to discover your inner creativity as you connect with the landscape in the peaceful and unspoilt environment of Inis Mór island.

Be inspired... write your story!

Workshop includes:

  • Writing Workshops with Irene Graham
  • Guided walks to ancient sites
  • Single Room en Suite for each participant
  • Guest House B&B accommodation
  • Pony Trap Ride
  • Most lunches and dinners
  • Transport around the island to workshops and walks
  • Writing Journal

Limited to 7 Participants

Cost: €1,145 euros plus €150 Single Room en suite
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Workshop Code: W907

The walks and visits to ancient sites on the island will be guided by Dara O'Maoildhia, a Celtic scholar living on Inis Mór. Dara lives a spiritual lifestyle close to nature, working the land and practicing hospitality. He is author of the Guide Book to Inis Mór "Legends in the Landscape". He is also involved with many projects within his own organization Aisling Árann and within the wider island community. Dara is married with four young children.



Oct 2009
Sat 3 to Mon 5


Optional Residential

The Creative Writer's Workshop / Fiction Writing, in Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland

with Irene Graham Optional Residential
The Glendalough Hotel, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

3 Days to explore and discover writing creatively as you tap into your imagination and creativity through the medium of writing. You will also understand how to translate life experiences into story as you write fiction, personal memoir and poetry.

The Creative Writer's Workshop is for new and established writers as well as artists from all art forms who are interested in enhancing their abilities to create. Throughout the weekend you will explore techniques that will enhance your creativity as you discover and deepen your unique writing voice as you learn to think like a writer.

Using right brain exercises, which are simple and fun to do, you will explore the principles of story creation; Characterization, POV, Theme, Setting, Plot and Structure, as you discover how to write creative stories.

This workshop is a proven success with new and established writers; it has inspired many people to write their stories... and to have a lot of fun in doing so.

This is an optional residential workshop. Accommodation is available at The Glendalough Hotel or local Guest Houses, early booking is strongly advised. You will be supplied with an accommodation list upon booking.

Be inspired... write your story!

Workshop Timings: Sat : 11am to 4:00pm
Sun : 11am to 4:00pm
Mon : 10am to 3:00pm

Workshop costs only. Accommodation independent of workshop.

Cost: €395 euros
Writing Journal Supplied
Limited to 10 Participants
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Workshop Code: W909


Oct 2009
Sat 10 to Mon 12


Optional Residential

The Creative Writer's Workshop / Memoir Writing, in Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County Clare, Ireland

with Irene Graham Optional Residential
The Burren College of Art, Balllyvaughan, Co. Clare

3 day workshop to explore and discover Personal Memoir Writing using Right Brain/Left Brain learning techniques that will help you tap into your creativity and draw upon your well of life experience.

It will be a time to discover and enhance your unique writing voice as you define your experiences and learn how to write from the heart of personal understanding. You will discover how to think like a writer and draw upon the myriad of incidents that make up your life story and path.

You will explore theme and its associated meaning as you learn how to translate your personal story into creatively writing and structuring your memoirs. By using various creative writing techniques you will be encouraged to capture significant life events as you focus upon narrative structure including character development, setting, plot and conflict.

This workshop will help you unblock creativity and evoke your imagination as you develop and write your memoirs.

This workshop is specifically for new and established writer's that are interested in writing their memoirs - as opposed to writing fiction. The workshop concentrates upon the structure of Memoir Writing and how to creatively translate your life experiences into Memoir.

Be inspired... write you story!

This is an optional residential workshop.
Accommodation is available at The Glendalough Hotel or local Guest Houses, early booking is strongly advised. You will be supplied with an accommodation list upon booking.

Workshop Timings: Sat : 11am to 4:00pm
Sun : 11am to 4:00pm
Mon : 10am to 3:00pm

Workshop costs only. Accommodation independent of workshop.

Cost: €395 euros
Limited to 10 participants
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Workshop Code: W910


Oct 2009
Sat 24 to Mon 26


Bank Holiday Weekend

Optional Residential

The Creative Writer's Workshop / Fiction Writing, in Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland

with Irene Graham Optional Residential
The Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

3 Days to explore and discover writing creatively as you tap into your imagination and creativity through the medium of writing. You will also understand how to translate life experiences into story as you write fiction, personal memoir and poetry.

The Creative Writer's Workshop is for new and established writers as well as artists from all art forms who are interested in enhancing their abilities to create. Throughout the weekend you will explore techniques that will enhance your creativity as you discover and deepen your unique writing voice as you learn to think like a writer.

Using right brain exercises, which are simple and fun to do, you will explore the principles of story creation; Characterization, POV, Theme, Setting, Plot and Structure, as you discover how to write creative stories.

Set in The Burren College of Art, the location offers a peaceful and tranquil environment to write and create.

This workshop is a proven success with new and established writer's, it has inspired many people to write their stories... and to have a lot of fun in doing so.

Be inspired... write your story!

This is an optional residential workshop.
Accommodation is available at local Hotel, Guest Houses & Thatched Cottages. You will be supplied with an accommodation list upon booking.

Workshop Timings: Sat : 11am to 4:00pm
Sun : 11am to 4:00pm
Mon : 10am to 3:00pm

Workshop costs only. Accommodation independent of workshop.

Cost: €395 euros
Writing Journal Supplied
Limited to 10 Participants
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Workshop Code: W911


Nov 2009
Thurs 5 to Sun 8


Residential

The Creative Writer's Workshop: Work-in-Progress in Gort, County Galway, Ireland

with Irene Graham Residential
Lough Cutra Castle, Gort, Co. Galway

This Creative Writing & Work-in-Progress workshop is for participants who have either completed The Creative Writer’s Workshop in Fiction or Memoir writing or for established writers that have a thorough understanding of how to create stories. This workshop is not for participants new to writing.

This workshop is specifically tailored to participants that either have words on paper or a story concept ready to develop and write. All genres welcome in the form of novels, short stories, memoir, screenplay etc.

Limited to 6 Participants, you will have time to write, private time for story consultation with Irene as well as group discussions. The weekend will also include workshop time devoted to the art of language in story writing.

You will have the opportunity to explore any aspect of current work, which will be facilitated with discussion and exercises to enhance further story development. You will also explore aspects of language through exercise and discussion, as well as engaging in exercises to promote and deepen creativity through right-brain thinking.

This is a weekend for dedicated writers who are seeking time in a natural and peaceful environment to develop work and concentrate upon writing in a writer’s haven. Lough Cutra Estate is simply magical!

In the week prior to the workshop, you will receive a 30 minute tutorial with Irene, based upon your work-in-progress and how to develop/overcome problem areas within your story. This tutorial will be facilitated either via phone, SKYPE – subject to your personal technical facilities.

Private Tutorial: 30 Minutes in week prior to workshop via phone or SKYPE

Be inspired... write your story!

Arrive : pm Thurs
Workshop Commences : 11am Fri
Workshop Closure : 1pm Sun
Residential
Early Booking is strongly advised
Limited to 6 Participants

Cost: €395 euros
Single Accommodation extra (3 Nights)
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Workshop Code: W912



 




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