Reviews

~Callie Atkinson, USA

‘The Creative Writer’s Workshop is an inspiring and encouraging experience. The story I began at the retreat is now three full chapters and is continuing to form and grow. Irene taught with caring and brilliance. Her warmness of spirit was infectious.’

~Callie Atkinson, USA

~Bairbre Higgins, Ireland

‘Irene’s workshop was really creative.  Coming here it was hard to imagine that someone could have techniques to stimulate something as ethereal as creativity, but Irene has honed her set of learning tools so well that she can bring forth ideas from the deepest recesses of the right side of your brain and show you how to get them on the page.’

~Bairbre Higgins, Ireland

~Jan Gault, USA

‘Outstanding workshop. Definitely worthwhile. Irene was helpful, gave each participant personalised feedback on their writing. I would recommend this workshop without hesitation.’

~Jan Gault, USA

~Liz Burch, Australia

‘This retreat has been one of the most enjoyable times of my life. The venue was fantastic, the group talented and diverse. I loved the workshop and the structure. It has given me a great boost in my writing confidence. I benefited in feeling I could write something that others might read – Irene is a multi-talented facilitator.’

~Liz Burch, Australia

~Mary Dwyer, USA

‘In my bag was the foundation of a novel – a notebook of character profiles, detailed settings, and a completed outline including the ending that had evaded me for months. Beside it, a small journal, mapping the inspiration I met on my journey through Ireland, from the cliffs and cows, basket-weavers and matchmakers, cairns and crosses, saints and spirits, and poetry and legends. As I left The Creative Writer’s Workshop I also carried a new confidence, armed with creativity exercises to write past both fear and writer’s block. But my most cherished souvenir was a grateful heart, full from the support and friendship of Irene and my classmates.’

~Mary Dwyer, USA

~Milla van der Hav, Netherlands

‘Irene’s workshops really helped to set me on my path as a writer. I knew how to start a story but thanks to Irene I now know how to finish them. She gave me the tools of the trade and I still fall back on them, whether I’m writing a story or a novel.’
~Milla van der Hav, Netherlands

~Walter Capella, Italy

‘The workshop was brilliant. I learnt how to give shape to my story, my characters, my settings, and how to organise my future writing work.  Irene uses a very effective way of plotting stories and novels that makes the writing process more enjoyable.’

~Walter Capella, Italy

~Erin O'Rourke, USA

‘Irene Graham’s workshop demystified and simplified the writing process and empowered my creative genius to come out and play. Irene’s encouragement, the invaluable tools she shares and her deep joy, along with her expertise, in the craft of storytelling gave wings to the book inside of me waiting to be written. If you are looking to be inspired and equipped for success to write the story wanting wings in your subconscious, do not miss this workshop!  Thank you Irene!’
~Erin O'Rourke, USA

~Erin Pinson, USA

‘I absolutely enjoyed The Creative Writer’s Workshop. The atmosphere, the people, and especially Irene were amazing. I’ve gained an understanding and respect for the process of story telling and I can say now, that I am indeed a story teller, a writer! I’ve been given the tools to accomplish my goal and dream of writing a book.’

~Erin Pinson, USA

~Ali Rubinstein, USA

‘I never thought I would have the confidence to put words on paper, much less read them aloud.  I am changed.  I am writing.  I will continue to write. You have given me a great gift, for which I will be eternally grateful.  You inspire confidence in me I never thought I could have outside of the corporate world.  Thank you for your kindness, your constructive criticism, your sense of humor, and just for being who you are – a talented storyteller, coach, teacher and of course, totally kick ass woman!!’

~Ali Rubinstein, USA

~Ana Mendes, Portugal

‘I had a wonderful time at The Creative Writer’s Workshop Retreat. Irene gave me excellent prompts and feedback to find the missing pieces of my writing puzzle. I also loved that she never doubted our ability to write, and would give us strategies to focus and let our voice emerge.’

~Ana Mendes, Portugal

~Pat Kane, UK

‘This was a wonderful workshop in an inspirational landscape.  I gained a thorough understanding of the architecture of story to pin my tales on.  I left with a new approach to my writing and the encouragement to continue. Excellent and fun.’

~Pat Kane, UK

~Milree Latimer, USA

‘Irene Graham’s  Creative Writer’s Workshop in Fiction has inspired me to  stay the course and write my novel. I come to writing and particularly fiction later in life. I can say without a doubt that my passion and confidence as an author is a direct result of Irene’s wise mentoring, skillful teaching and ever present encouragement. Her gift as teacher has given me cause to walk through the door marked ‘Authors enter here’.’

~Milree Latimer, USA

~Martin McDonagh, Ireland

‘Wonderful workshop. I learned about story structure and the necessary components – character development and the different insights and approaches to their development.’

~Martin McDonagh, Ireland

~Valerie Young, UK

‘The Creative Writer’s Workshop with Irene Graham outshone any course I’ve taken.’

~Valerie Young, UK