Fiction Writing Retreats | Workshops

Fiction
&
Autobiographical
Fiction Writing Retreat

Myth | Walking Sacred Sites
Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Galway & Doolin Co. Clare, Ireland
with
Book Writing Coach & Author Irene Graham

If you want to write a publishable novel this is the workshop to find out how. You will return home invigorated, with a deep understanding and knowledge of story, motivated to complete your book.

Irene’s retreats are renowned by international writers, not only for her innovative techniques that show you how to focus, develop, create and write your stories…but for weaving inspiration and creativity into your writing journey through walking sacred sites, exploring myth and legends, and engaging in music and meaningful discussion.

Engage with island life as you unwind in this treasured landscape. Listen to the spoken word of Gaeilge (Irish). Stroll along the secluded white sandy beach. Cycle the laneways and discover hidden gems. Immerse your self in the raw beauty Inis Mór has to offer. Sleep in silence. Connect to story. Feed your imagination.

And write.

Gourmet food, luxurious private room and a memorable journey is assured.

Our Sept Fiction Retreat runs back to back with our Memoir Retreat, so you have the option to attend both.

 

 
The Workshop

Using right-brain/left brain learning techniques our aim is to trigger and deepen imaginative concepts, tap into life experiences, strengthen writing voice, shape characters, form setting, frame theme, create structure – and develop your story so that it hops off the page!

You will be encouraged to explore story in a genre of your choice, be it Literary Fiction, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Crime, Romance, Children’s, Popular Fiction, Dystopian…or to discover and find your genre as you progress through the workshop.

As part of the workshop and your writing experience, you will journey to sacred sites on Inis Mór Island, guided by a Celtic scholar, and learn of Irish myths and legends. You will connect to the soul of Inis Mór – with a history dating back to 3,000BC. So many legends. So many stories. It’s a feast for the imagination.

It’s mythical Ireland on your doorstep.

The workshop is open to new, emerging and established writers to:

  • create a short story
  • develop a novel
  • work on a current manuscript

You receive personal feedback on your story throughout the workshop.

Sept
2020

Sun 6 - Sat 12

Fiction & Autobiographical Fiction Writing Retreat
Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Co. Galway, Ireland
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How it Works

7-Day Retreat to immerse your brain in creativity while you unwind and relax in luxury and great company.

The retreat unfolds on Sun 6 Sept 2020 on Inis Mór Island. Your week is interspersed with daily writing workshops, guided walks to ancient sites (not hill climbing), private time to write, exploring island life, a special performance of Irish music, plus music in pubs, dinners in the best of restaurants, and of course shopping in quality Irish craft shops. You won’t want to leave!

The Fiction Retreat finishes on Sat 12 Sept 2020. You can also join our Memoir Writing Retreat that starts on Sun 13 Sept 2020. And in the meantime, take a trip to another of the Aran Islands, or Doolin, famous for the Cliffs of Moher or just stay on Inis Mór and enjoy some private time.  Ask for details.

Retreat includes:
*Fiction & Autobiographical Fiction Writing Workshop with Irene Graham
*Guided Walks to Sacred sites – Myths & Legends
*Special Tour of the Island – Remote spots!
*Unique Performance of Irish Music
*Private Bedroom en suite, per participant (no supplement fees)
*Home Cooked Breakfast each day
*3 x Lunches
*2 x Dinners
*Pony Trap Ride
*Writing Journal

Food is of the highest standard: fresh, local, and includes organic dining when possible.

Fee: €1,650 euro

Discounts apply if you join this Retreat & Memoir Retreat W193

Extra Highlight!
In 2020 Galway is the European Capital of Culture. Plan your writing journey so that you engage with the extraordinary line-up of cultural events Galway has to offer. But do book early – 2020 promises to be a busy year.

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Workshop Code: W192

July
2021

Sun 11 - Sun 18

Fiction & Autobiographical Fiction Writing Retreat
Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Co. Galway & Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland
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How it Works

Start your Fiction & Autobiographical Fiction Retreat on Sun 11 July 2021 on Inis Mór Island, the larger of the three Aran Islands – walk ancient sites, learn of myth and legends, listen to the spoken Irish language and mingle with islanders. Create, develop and write your novel.

Then on Fri 16 July journey onto Doolin in Co. Clare – famous for it’s Cliffs of Moher. Over the weekend explore The Burren landscape – a geological wonder with unique botanical richness. Visit famous Irish pubs with traditional music, and join in a very special Irish music night in a local home, with famous Irish Musicians.

Retreat includes:
*Fiction & Autobiographical Fiction Writing Workshop with Irene Graham
*Guided Walks to sacred sites – Myths & Legends
*Special Tour of the Island – Remote Spots!
*Private Bedroom en suite, per participant on Inis Mór & Doolin (7 x nights) (no supplement fees)
*Home Cooked Breakfast each day
*3 x Lunches
*2 x Dinners
*Writing Journal

Fee: €1,675 euro

Food is of the highest standard: fresh, local, and includes organic dining when possible.

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Workshop Code: W198

Sept
2021

Sun 5 - Sat 11

Fiction & Autobiographical Fiction Writing Retreat
Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Co. Galway, Ireland
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How it Works

7-Day Retreat to immerse your brain in creativity while you unwind and relax in luxury and great company.

The retreat unfolds on Sun 5 Sept 2021 on Inis Mór Island. Your week is interspersed with daily writing workshops, guided walks to ancient sites (not hill climbing), private time to write, exploring island life, a special performance of Irish music ( you might even dance a gig!), plus music in pubs, dinners in the best of restaurants, and of course shopping in quality Irish craft shops. You won’t want to leave!

The Fiction Retreat finishes on Sat 11 Sept 2021. You can also join our Memoir Writing Retreat that starts on Sun 12 Sept 2021. And in the meantime, take a trip to another of the Aran Islands, or Doolin, famous for the Cliffs of Moher or just stay on Inis Mór and enjoy some private time.  Ask for details.

Retreat includes:
*Fiction & Autobiographical Fiction Writing Workshop with Irene Graham
*Guided Walks to Sacred sites – Myths & Legends
*Special Tour of the Island – Remote spots!
*Unique Performance of Irish Music
*Private Bedroom en suite, per participant (no supplement fees)
*Home Cooked Breakfast each day
*3 x Lunches
*2 x Dinners
*Pony Trap Ride
*Writing Journal

Food is of the highest standard: fresh, local, and includes organic dining when possible.

Fee: €1,650 euro

Discounts apply if you join this Retreat & Memoir Retreat W200

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Workshop Code: W199

FICTION WRITING MASTERCLASS

Fiction Masterclass - Work-in-Progress

Fiction Writing Masterclass | Work-in-Progress | Private One-on-One Sessions
Inchydoney Island, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland
with
Book Writing Coach & Author Irene Graham

Let the golden beaches of Inchydoney Island and the breeze from the Wild Atlantic be your muse.

Your writing week is scheduled to allow for a mix of deep thought, writing workshops, workshopping your manuscript, and time for play, exploration and relaxation.

Focus on your Novel, immerse yourself in your story and engage in:

  • Private 1-on-1 Story Sessions with Irene
  • Writing Masterclasses
  • Reading + Workshopping of Manuscripts
  • Supportive Writing Discussions
  • Private Time to Write

Participants receive Private one-on-one feedback on their novel – prior, during and post retreat.
This will enable:

  • focused manuscript development during the retreat
  • mentoring of current work in the retreat
  • private feedback on your novel and writing after the reteat

If you want to polish and complete your novel, dig deeper into the language of story, workshop your manuscript with guided feedback, and move your story forwards, then Irene’s Work-in-Progress Masterclass is for you.

Luxurious accommodation. Private bed and bathroom. Ocean view.  Seawater Therapy Pool. Spa. Full Gym. Beach walks. Gourmet food. Special individual attention is assured.

Only 8 lucky writers will experience this writing journey…in incredible surroundings and four-star luxury.

Jun
2021

Sat 19 - Sat 25

Work-in-Progress Masterclass: Fiction
Inchydoney Island, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland
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How it Works

Your 7-day Work-in-Progress Masterclass is set on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way on Inchydoney Island, which is accessible by a causeway from the mainland.

Famed for its extraordinary beauty and golden sandy beaches, this location provides all that is dreamed of in a writing vacation.

Walk the beaches. Luxuriate in the Seawater Therapy Pool. Kick back and enjoy Thalassotherapy Treatments. Eat high quality food – organic a speciality.

And spend your nights either writing, or enjoying local entertainment in the small colourful village of Clonakilty, just 7 minutes away.

Workshop includes:

  • 3 x Private Story Sessions with Irene (pre/during/post retreat)
  • Writing Masterclasses
  • Reading and Workshoppping of Manuscripts
  • Daily-in-depth Writing Discussions
  • Private Time to Write
  • Private Bedroom + Bathroom, luxury accommodation
  • Full Access to: Seawater Therapy Pool/Jacuzzi/Steam Room/Full Gym
  • Full Breakfast each day
  • Private Transport from Cork City to Inchydoney Island – return
  • 2 x Lunches
  • 2 x Dinners
  • Writing Journal

Limited to 8 Participants

Food is of the highest standard: fresh, local, and included organic dining when possible.

Fee: €1,850 euro

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Workshop Code: W197