Memoir Writing Retreats | Workshops

Memories into Memoir
Writing Retreat

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

Irene’s Memoir Retreat provides a creative space to define your experiences and write your memoir from the core of personal understanding. It is a time to connect to the heart of your story. Offering peace, relaxation, guided walks to sacred sites, laughs, Irish music, gourmet food, luxurious accommodation – this retreat is a memory in itself.

This writer’s haven offers many opportunities to make a deeper connection to your creative spirit.

If you want to write your story, this is the workshop to find out how. You will return home rejuvenated, knowing how to turn your memories into story, and write your memoir.

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

The Workshop

Using innovative right-brain/left-brain learning techniques you will trigger, develop and translate your life experiences into story as you learn creative structure.

It will be a time to discover and enhance your unique writing voice, explore theme and subject and its associated meaning as you learn how to focus your memoir. You will also discover how to engage with truth in the writing of creative non-fiction.

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

  • create a short memoir
  • develop a full-length memoir
  • work on a current manuscript

You receive personal feedback on your story throughout the workshop.

The workshop is based on Irene’s workbook – The Memoir Writing Workbook, which you receive at the workshop.


Fri 6 - Thurs 12

Memories into Memoir Writing Retreat
Doolin, Co. Clare & Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Galway, Ireland
Details | Apply

Your writing journey is flexible. You have the choice of attending this Memoir Writing Retreat and also attending our Fiction Writing Retreat starting on Sun 1 Sept 2019, doing both Retreats back to back.

Start your Memoir Writing journey in Doolin, Co. Clare on Fri 6 Sept 2019. Explore The Burren – a geological wonder with unique botanical richness. Start your week by engaging with Irish musicians in a Private Music Evening. Meet, laugh and have fun with the writers from our Fiction Retreat.   Then on Sun 8 Sept journey on to Inis Mór Island, the largest of the Aran Islands for your Memoir Writing Workshop and Retreat, walk sacred sites, learn of myth and legends.  Create, develop and write your memoir. Return to Galway City with the group on Thurs 12 Sept.

Retreat includes:

  • Memoir Workshop with Irene Graham
  • Copy of The Memoir Writing Workbook
  • Guided Walks to sacred sites
  • Bedroom en suite, per participant, on Inis Mór
  • Shared Room in Doolin (2 x nights)*
  • Private Music Evening with renowned Irish Musicians + snacks & wine
  • Breakfast each day
  • 2 x Lunches
  • 2 x Dinners
  • Writing Journal

Fee: €1,445 euro

Discounts apply if you join this Retreat & Fiction Retreat W185
*Private Rooms available, supplement applies – request details


Workshop Code: W186


Work-in-Progress - Memoir

WIP Intensive | Private Story Sessions
Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland
Book Writing Coach & Author Irene Graham

If you want to polish and complete your memoir, dig deeper into the language of story and move your story forwards, then Irene’s Work-in-Progress Workshop is for you.

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

  • Private Story Sessions with Irene
  • Group Writing Workshops
  • Supportive Writing Discussions
  • Private Time to Write

Luxurious private room with writing desk, gourmet food and special individual attention is assured.

The workshop is open to advanced and emerging writers.


Sat 22 - Sat 29

Work-in-Progress: Memoir
Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland
Details | Apply

How it Works

Your Work-in-Progress writing week is set on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way in the attractive coastal village of Ballyvaughan, 1.5 hours south of Galway City. Your private accommodation is situated at the edge of a nature trail in the extraordinary Burren landscape, just great for walks to clear the brain. We will also take time out for an exploratory adventure in The Burren to rejuvenate your soul and learn more of mythical Ireland.

Your writing week is scheduled so to allow for a mix of deep thought and writing, with time for play and exploration.

Workshop includes:

  • Private Story Sessions with Irene
  • The Language of Story Workshop with Irene
  • Daily in-depth Writing Discussions
  • Private Time to Write
  • Bedroom en-suite, per participant, with writing desk
  • Breakfast each day
  • 3 x Lunches
  • 2 x Dinners
  • Writing Journal

Limited to 8 participants

Fee: €1,650 euro

Note: Participants that have not previously attended a Memoir Writing Workshop with Irene may have to engage in private sessions with Irene, prior to this workshop.  Details upon application.


Workshop Code: W182