Virtual writing Retreat takes place over four weekends during march 6th to 28th 2021.

Among the many benefits of our new Virtual Writing Retreat, you:

  • will enjoy exclusive conversations with a total of 12 published international authors from places as diverse as Donegal, Berlin, Belfast, Paris, Tyrone, Transylvania, Dublin, Maryland, Edinburgh and Virginia. 

  • benefit from expert critiques of over 8,000 words of your very own writing.

  • receive invaluable feedback on some of your own work-in-progress.

  • gain insights into writing in different genres, from crime and mystery to memoir, historical non-fiction, erotic literature, memoir, humor and children’s literature.

  • learn more about the technique and skills required for successful award-winning flash fiction.

  • acquire writing skills that could be applied to other specialised areas such as food writing, travel writing and arts and entertainment reviews.

  • understand how best to find a Literary Agent that specifically matches your needs, how to write that convincing all-important Query Letter and innovative strategies for promoting and selling your work.

These are practical workshops. An in-class assignment will be emailed by participants during the workshop to the tutor for critiquing. There will also be an assignment of not more than 500 words given during the workshop to be emailed the following day for personal feedback

In addition, each participant in every workshop has the opportunity to send in advance a piece of writing (maximum 1,000 words) from a work-in-progress and receive critique and personal feedback in writing

 

All workshops will be delivered via Zoom. Only a limited number of 10 participants will be accepted for each weekend. 

Weekend one: march 6-7, 2021

Cost per weekend:

390 euro

“IQ for Creative Writing - How Questions Shape Stories. The Secrets of Flash Fiction.”

Workshop hosted by Sean Hillen

Unrelated to Intelligent Quotient, IQ meaning ‘I Question.’

Cozy Conversational Corner with …Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin (writing under the name Sam Blake): Literary Talent Scout, Novelist & Writing Festival Organiser

Cozy Conversational Corner with … Matthew Schofield, author & international journalist and editor

Critique of participants' assignments

Weekend two: March 13-14, 2021

Cost per weekend:

390 euro

“From Memories to Memoir” 

Workshop hosted by Danny Morrison

Cozy Conversational Corner with … Dr. Brian Lacey: Where Irish Legend and History Converge

Cozy Conversational Corner with… Brigid P. Gallagher, memoirist, natural medical practitioner and organic gardener

Critique of participants' assignments

Weekend three: March 20-21, 2021

Cost per weekend:

390 euro

‘Writing the Landscape’

Workshop hosted by Anthony J. Quinn

Cozy Conversational Corner with… Mary Duncan,  ‘Research: Up and Down the Rabbit Hole. When to Pursue, Pause and When to Stop.’

Cozy Conversational Corner with … Arabella McIntyre-Brown, children's books author living in Transylvania 

Critique of participants' assignments

Weekend four: March 27-28, 2021

Cost per weekend:

390 euro

‘Characterisation Through Dialogue’

Workshop hosted by John DeDakis

Cozy Conversational Corner with… Bradley Harper, Pathologist and Mystery Writer 

Cozy Conversational Corner with … Dr. Linda Dryden, Director of the Centre for Literature and Writing, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

Critique of participants' assignments

*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.