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Authors speak about Ireland Writing Retreat - see what they say


Ireland Writing Retreat,’ the only international creative writing course on the famous ‘Wild Atlantic Way,’ has a brand new website. We invite you to have a look at it. We welcome your comments, both celebratory and critically constructive. With the sun shining brightly in west Donegal today, we look forward to a most enjoyable and stimulating gathering of writers from all corners of the globe.

No doubt among them so future best-selling authors.


Anthony Quinn, (right) published author of crime noir and guest speaker said:

"Wordsmiths keen to delve into the craft of writing should look no further than the annual Ireland Writers' Retreat, set amid the silver strands and gorse hills of Donegal’s wild Atlantic coast. The dedicated and charming hosts Sean and Columbia Hillen are one of the most entertaining couples you're likely to meet. Not only will they provide you with the solicitude to help recharge your creative batteries in the shadows of the cloud-shrouded Mount Errigal, they'll also entertain you with a font of amusing stories from tracking down Draculas in Transylvania to being bewitched by modern day witches in Donegal's Poisoned Glen. Their love of a good story and a little 'craic' is manifest in the lavish attention they devote to their writing guests. As if the Donegal coast needed any more charm!"

John DeDakis, (left) published author of mystery crime and guest speaker added:

"I was honored to be a part of the 2015 Ireland Writing Retreat hosted by Sean and Columbia Hillen. Sean and Columbia did an amazing job anticipating - and meeting - the creative needs of everyone who attended. We learned about the finer points of writing a novel, writing song lyrics, dramatic reading, and forensic editing - the critically important part of the writing process that involves nitpicking every word. There were hikes throughout the wildly picturesque and pastoral area - plus Irish dancing (and drinking). The Ireland Writing Retreat is the best of both, business AND pleasure."


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