Virtual Travel writing Retreat takes place

on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

With vaccines for Covid now being distributed and the travel industry gearing up for business again, there’s no better time to polish your skills and build your portfolio to take advantage of free ‘fam’ (or ‘familiarization’) trips that will soon be offered to travel writers and bloggers by hotels, museums, restaurants, airlines and regional and national tourism agencies keen to get publicity.


Few better people to guide you on this journey than Sean Hillen

Aside from working at the United Nations Media Center and being national chairperson of a US Fulbright commission, Sean has been a foreign correspondent over the last 35 years for prestigious newspapers and magazines such as The Times London and Time magazine. He began specialising in travel writing over the last nine years, initially by launching his own travel blog, World Itineraries. 


Using various social media platforms, Sean raised the profile of his travel blog which led to ‘fam’ invitations overseas from such key organisations as Atout France the leading French tourism promotion agency, as well as writing projects ranging from Fodor’s travel books to newspapers and magazines in Europe and the US and online publications.


To date, Sean has written more than 400 travel articles, the latest being a series during a three-week ‘fam’ trip to Scotland. Sean has since expanded his writing platform to include entertainment, ranging from theater and music concerts to dance performances, key elements of any enjoyable holiday.

“My second Ireland Writing Retreat was another fun and fruitful experience. Sean and Columbia do a great job creating intimate workshops that spark creative juices and bond its participants. I especially appreciate the time and consideration Sean gives to providing individual written critiques for multiple pieces of writing submitted during the workshop. That is invaluable. 

I sincerely hope to stay connected with your program for the foreseeable future--both virtually and (someday soon) in-person.” Renee Ozburn, Writer

“Just a note to say how much I enjoyed another visit to Ireland Writing Retreat. The workshop on Flash Fiction writing was well organised, informative and fun. Ideal group size. Sean provided great feedback and learning on pieces of work shared by the group.  Having the opportunity to chat with published authors was an added bonus. Overall, a most enjoyable way to spend a virtual Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  Thank you.”

Mary Fraser, Writer

“I attended the virtual Mar 6-7, 2021 event IQ for Creative Writing - How Questions Shape Stories - The Secrets of Flash Fiction and had a blast! The event was well organized with timely communications. Sean Hillen created a comfortable learning environment as the host.  We received professional feedback on our writing, and Sean facilitated the sharing and peer discussion of each participants’ work.  I loved discovering various styles and approaches by the other participants.  Meanwhile, the opportunity to meet two published authors in a casual Q&A format was equally inspiring and informative. Thank you, Ireland Writing Retreat!”

Carmen Dunn, Writer

Virtual travel writing retreat, Sat. April 10

Cost for workshop: 79 euro

Here are some of the benefits you will gain as a participant on our Virtual Travel Writing Retreat:

  • guidance on the the do’s and don’ts of travel writing to increase your success in pitching your stories to publications;

  • key strategies for developing your own travel blog and using best social media platforms to promote it;

  • writing skills that could be applied to other specialised areas such as food writing, product reviews, arts and entertainment;

  • one of your own travel articles comprehensively critiqued in advance of the workshop. 


This two-hour practical workshop (3.00 - 5.00 pm Irish time) includes in-class assignments so be prepared to write. 

*As places are limited and workshops tailored on participants' needs, you are entitled to a full refund within one week of your payment. We cannot offer any refunds for cancellations or no-show situations after that. By sending this registration form you accept our Terms & Conditions.