Memoir Writing Retreats | Workshops

Memories into Memoir
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 your story, this is the workshop to find out how. You will return home rejuvenated, knowing how to turn your memories into story, and how to write a compelling memoir.

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.

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 inner world.

And write.

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

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.

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 is the heart of connection.

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.

May/June
2020

Sun 31 - Fri 5

Memories into Memoir Writing Retreat
Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Galway, Ireland
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How it Works

6-Day Retreat to immerse your soul and mind in your story, while you unwind and relax in luxury and great company.

The retreat unfolds on Sun 31 May 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, Irish music in pubs, dinners in the best of restaurants, and of course shopping in quality Irish craft shops. You won’t want to leave!

Retreat includes:
*Memoir Workshop with Irene Graham
*Copy of The Memoir Writing Workbook by Irene Graham
*Guided Walks to sacred sites – Myths & Legends
*Unique Performance of Irish Music
*Bedroom en suite, per participant (no supplement fees)
*Home Cooked Breakfast each day
*2 x Lunches
*2 x Dinners
*Writing Journal

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

Fee: €1,425 euro

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: W189

Sept
2020

Sun 13 - Fri 18

Memories into Memoir Writing Retreat
Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Galway, Ireland
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How it Works

6-Day Retreat to immerse your soul and mind in your story, while you unwind and relax in luxury and great company.

The retreat unfolds on Sun 13 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!

You may like to also join our Fiction Retreat that starts on Inis Mór Island the week prior, on Sun 6 Sept 2020, and engage in both workshops back to back – with a one-night break in between – where you could explore 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:
*Memoir Workshop with Irene Graham
*Copy of The Memoir Writing Workbook by Irene Graham
*Guided Walks to sacred sites – Myths & Legends
*Special Tour of the Island – Remote spots!
*Unique Performance of Irish Music
*Bedroom en suite, per participant (no supplement fees)
*Home Cooked Breakfast each day
*2 x Lunches
*2 x Dinners
*Writing Journal

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

Fee: €1,525 euro

Discounts apply if you join this Retreat & Fiction Retreat W192

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: W193

MEMOIR WRITING MASTERCLASS

Memoir Writing Masterclass - Work-in-Progress

Memoir Writing Masterclass | Work-in-Progress | Private Story Sessions
Inchydoney Island, 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 Memoir, immerse yourself in your story and engage in:

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

Participants receive Private one-on-one feedback on their memoir –  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 memoir and writing after the retreat

If you want to polish and complete your memoir, 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 Mastereclass: Memoir
Inchydoney Island, Co. Cork, Ireland
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How it Works

Your 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 + Workshoppping of Manuscripts
  • Daily in-depth Writing Discussions
  • Private Time to Write
  • Private Bedroom + Bathroom, luxury accommodation
  • Access to: Seawater Treatment 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 includes organic dining when possible.

Fee: €1,850 euro

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Workshop Code: W197