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The Creative Writer's Workshop - Irene Graham

Irene's inspired instruction will unlock
the creative voice of even the most inexperienced writer
- Martha Rochelle, USA

Summer 2011 Schedule

Autumn 2011 Schedule


Dates
June 2011
Mon 27 to Thurs 30

Co. Sligo

Residential

The Creative Writer’s Workshop: Writers Studio / Work-in-Progress in Markree Castle, Co. Sligo, Ireland

with Irene Graham


Markree Castle, Collooney, Co. Sligo, Ireland

4 Day Work-in-Progress Writers Studio in a 14th Century Castle set in the heart of W.B. Yeats countryside amidst 500 acres of secluded woodlands and gardens.  Lovingly restored by its owners Markree Castle is the perfect writer’s haven offering peace, relaxation and good food.  

The workshop is open to advanced writers, writing fiction or creative non-fiction and limited to 8 participants.  Participants will either have a concept in mind ready to write, or words already on the page.  This workshop is not for participants new to writing. 

The Writers Studio encompasses three elements:
*Private Story Consultations with Irene Graham
*The Language of Story Writing Workshop
*Personal Time to develop and write your story 

The workshop is for writers that want to dedicate four days to develop and concentrate on their writing in a relaxed atmosphere with other writers.  The workshop will allow writers the time and space to develop their writing while benefiting from private story consultations and daily group workshops on the art of language in story writing.   

You will be invigorated as you relax, walk and write in this haven of old world charm…and good company.  

Markree Castle is easily accessible by road and airport from Dublin, Galway and Shannon. 

Be inspired…write your story! 

Workshop Timings:
Mon: Arrive by 11am
Thurs: Depart 2pm 

Workshop includes:
*2 x Private Story Consultations with Irene Graham
*The Language of Story Writing Workshop
*Single Room en Suite for each Participant
*4 x Lunches
*2 x Dinners
*Writing Journal
*Limited to 8 Participants 

Cost: €825 euros including Single Room
Note: Participant partners are welcome to share the Markree Castle experience – without partaking in the Writers Studio.
ie: Accommodation (sharing with Partner)
Meals as outlined
At a rate of €255 euros extra for 2nd person

How to Apply:
Step 1: To register your interest to join this Writing Studio, first complete the Application Form
Step 2:
Irene Graham will then correspond with you. 

Click here to Apply

Workshop Code: W115

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Dates
Aug 2011
Sun 21 to Wed 24

Co. Sligo

Residential

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The Creative Writers' Workshop: Writer's Retreat / Memories into Memoir Writing Workshop in Markree Castle, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Based upon The Memoir Writing Workbook with Author Irene Graham

Markree Castle, Collooney, Co. Sligo, Ireland

4 day Memories into Memoir Writing Retreat in a 14th Century Castle set in the heart of W.B. Yeats countryside amidst 500 acres of secluded woodlands and gardens.  Lovingly restored by its owners Markree Castle is the perfect writer’s haven offering peace, relaxation and good food. 

This four day writing retreat is for writers that want to tap into life experiences and write memoir, or to use those experiences to translate into fiction. The workshop is based on Irene’s workbook – The Memoir Writing Workbook which will be used as support material throughout the workshop. This is an exclusive residential Writer’s Retreat for ten writers. The workshop is open to new and established writers. 

Using right-brain/left-brain exercises you will develop and integrate significant life memories with narrative as you weave the elements of memoir writing within a creative structure. 

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 explore theme and subject and its associated meaning as you learn how to focus your memoir. You will discover how to use and incorporate your retrospective voice into your writing and how to engage with truth in the writing of creative non-fiction. 

You will be invigorated as you relax, walk and write in this haven of old world charm…and good company. 

Markree Castle is easily accessible by road and airport from Dublin, Galway and Shannon. 

Be inspired…write your story! 

Workshop Includes:
*Writing Workshop with Irene Graham
*Copy of The Memoir Writing Workbook
*Single Room en Suite for each participant
*3 x Lunches
*2 x Dinners
*Writing Journal
Workbooks will be distributed at the start of the workshop. 

Limited to 10 Participants
Cost: €725 + Workbook €40
Total: €765 euros including Single Room
Note: Participant partners are welcome to share the Markree Castle experience – without partaking in the Writing Workshop.
ie: Accommodation (sharing with Partner)
   :Meals as outlined
At a rate of €255 euros extra for 2nd person 

Click here for Programme Details
Click here to Register

Workshop Code: W118 

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Dates
Sept 2011
Mon 5 to Fri 9

Co. Galway

Residential

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The Creative Writer's Workshop: Writing & Walking on the Aran Island of Inis Mór, Co. Galway, Ireland

with Irene Graham and Dara Ó Maoildhia

Inis Mór Island, off Co. Galway, Ireland.

This is an exclusive residential Writer’s Retreat for eleven 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 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 largest 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/left-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 as you learn how to weave and integrate life experiences into story narrative.

You will be enthralled by guided walks to the ancient island sites as you listen to mythical stories told by Dara Ó Maoildhia, 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 in luxury 18th Century stone built Guest House
  • Pony Trap Ride
  • Most lunches and dinners
  • Transport around the island to workshops and walks
  • Writing Journal
  • Limited to 11 Participants

Cost: €1,295 euros including Single Room 
Note: Participant Partners are welcome to share the Inis Mór experience – without partaking in the Writing Workshop 
ie: Accommodation (sharing room with partner) 
    Island Walks with Dara Ó Maoildhia 
    Meals as outlined  
    Pony Trap Ride 
    Island Transport  
At a rate of €695 euros extra for 2nd person

Click here for Programme Details
Click here to Register

Workshop Code: W119

The walks and visits to ancient sites on the island will be guided by Dara Ó 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 organisation Aisling Árann and within the wider island community.  

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Dates
Oct 2011
Sat 1 to Thurs 4

Co. Clare

Residential

The Creative Writer's Workshop: Writers Studio / Work-in-Progress in the Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland

with Irene Graham

Mt. Vernon Lodge, Flaggy Shore, New Quay, Burren, Co. Clare

4 day Work-in-Progress Writers Studio in the historical home of the accomplished playwright and folklorist Lady Gregory. This is a fitting place for writers to create their masterpieces and enjoy the luxury, peace and tranquility of this Georgian villa.  Mount Vernon is set on the famous Flaggy Shore – the inspirational landscape for Seamus Heaney’s poem…The Flaggy Shore.

The workshop is open to advanced writers, writing fiction or creative non-fiction and limited to 5 participants.  Participants will either have a concept in mind ready to write, or words already on the page.  This workshop is not for participants new to writing. 

The Writers Studio encompasses three elements:
*Private Story Consultations with Irene Graham
*The Language of Story Writing Workshop
*Personal Time to develop and write your story

The workshop is for writers that want to dedicate four days to develop and concentrate on their writing in a relaxed atmosphere with other writers.  The workshop will allow writer the time and space to develop their writing while benefiting from private story consultation and daily group workshops on the art of language in story writing. Evenings will also be utilized for further writing discussions.

On your doorstep is the Flaggy Shore coastline of north-west Clare and the backdrop of the Burren mountains – a haven for walking, no matter what time of year.  Mount Vernon Lodge boasts luxury at its best and each participant has a private room en suite.

The writing group will be the sole occupiers of Mount Vernon Lodge and will prepare and share meals. Further info upon booking.  There are also many local quality restaurants on your doorstep in the village of Kinvara.

Be inspired…..write your story!

Workshop Timings:
Sat:  Arrive by 11am
Tues: Depart 2pm

Workshop & Accommodation Fees:
€625 euros – 3 x Night Private Room en suite (excluding meals)
Writing Journal Supplied
Early book is strongly advised

Limited to 5/6 Participants

How to Apply:
Step 1: To register your interest to join this Writing Studio, first complete the Application Form
Step 2: Irene Graham will then correspond with you.

Click here to Register

Workshop Code: W120

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Dates
Oct 2011
Sat 8 to Sun 9

Co. Wicklow

Optional
Residential

The Creative Writer's Workshop: Memories into Memoir Writing Workshop in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Based upon The Memoir Writing Workbook with Author Irene Graham

The Glendalough Hotel, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

2 day Memoir Writing 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.  This workshop also provides writers interested in writing fiction with a bedrock of life experiences that can be used as base material in fiction writing.

It will be a time to discover and enhance your unique writing voice as your 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 memoir. By using various creative writing techniques you will be encouraged to capture significant life events as you learn how to focus your memoir, include your retrospective voice and how to engage with truth in the writing of creative non-fiction.

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

The Memoir Writing Workbook will be used throughout the workshop, and is included in the workshop fee.

Open to new and established writers.

Be inspired…write your 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  : 10:30am to 4pm
Sun : 10:30am to 4pm
Workshop costs only.  Accommodation independent of workshop. Workshop Fee includes one copy of The Memoir Writing Workbook – value €40. Workbooks will be distributed at the start of the workshop.

Cost: €225

Click here to Register

Workshop Code: W121

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Dates
Oct 2011
Sat 15 to Sun 16

Co. Wicklow

Optional
Residential

The Creative Writer's Workshop: Fiction Writing in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

with Author Irene Graham

The Glendalough Hotel, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

2 Days to explore and discover writing creatively as you tap into imagination and creativity through the medium of writing – as you learn how to create stories.

Using left-brain/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.

Throughout the weekend you will explore techniques that will enhance your creativity as you discover and deepen your unique writing voice as you learn how to think like a writer.

The workshop is open to new and established writers as well as artists from all art forms who are interested in enhancing their abilities to create. 

This is an optional residential workshop.
You will be supplied with an accommodation list upon booking.

Be inspired….write your story!

Workshop Timings:
Sat : 10.30am to 4pm
Sun: 10.30am to 4pm                                 
Workshop costs only. 
Accommodation independent of workshop.

Cost:  €275 euros

Click here to Register

Workshop Code: W122

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Dates
Oct 2011
Sat 8 to Sun 9

Co. Wicklow

Optional
Residential

The Creative Writer's Workshop: Memories into Memoir Writing Workshop in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Based upon The Memoir Writing Workbook with Author Irene Graham

The Glendalough Hotel, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

2 day Memoir Writing 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.  This workshop also provides writers interested in writing fiction with a bedrock of life experiences that can be used as base material in fiction writing.

It will be a time to discover and enhance your unique writing voice as your 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 memoir. By using various creative writing techniques you will be encouraged to capture significant life events as you learn how to focus your memoir, include your retrospective voice and how to engage with truth in the writing of creative non-fiction.

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

The Memoir Writing Workbook will be used throughout the workshop, and is included in the workshop fee.

Open to new and established writers.

Be inspired…write your 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  : 10:30am to 4pm
Sun : 10:30am to 4pm
Workshop costs only.  Accommodation independent of workshop. Workshop Fee includes one copy of The Memoir Writing Workbook – value €40. Workbooks will be distributed at the start of the workshop.

Cost: €225

Click here to Register

Workshop Code: W121

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Dates
Nov 2011
Sat 5 to Sun 6

Co. Galway

Optional
Residential

The Creative Writer's Workshop: Fiction Writing in Kinvara, Co. Galway, Ireland

with Author Irene Graham

Kinvara, Co. Galway

2 Days to explore and discover writing creatively as you tap into imagination and creativity through the medium of writing – as you learn how to create stories.

Using left-brain/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.

Throughout the weekend you will explore techniques that will enhance your creativity as you discover and deepen your unique writing voice as you learn how to think like a writer.

The workshop is open to new and established writers as well as artists from all art forms who are interested in enhancing their abilities to create.  Throughout the workshop participants may also work on concepts currently in development.

This is an optional residential workshop.
You will be supplied with an accommodation list upon booking.

Be inspired….write your story!

Workshop Timings:
Sat : 10am to 4pm
Sun: 10am to 4pm                                 
Workshop costs only. 
Accommodation independent of workshop.
Limited to 12 Participants

Cost:  €245 euros
Writing Journal Supplied

Click here to Register

Workshop Code: W123


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