Writing Retreats in Ireland 2016 | The Creative Writer’s Workshop

Fiction & Memoir Writing Retreats in the West of IrelandBrollyY Copyright©IreneGraham2015 office@Qthecreativewritersworkshop

Remember your 2016 vacation 

Write Your Story with Book Writing Coach Irene Graham

  • explore Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
  • invigorate your senses on Inis Mor Island
  • walk the famour Cliffs of Moher in Doolin
  • enjoy first class Irish Musicians
  • eat Gourmet food
  • sleep in luxurious accommodation
  • and most of all – develop, create and write your story with personal coaching from Irene G.

Explore the best vacation ever!   Writing Retreats Workshops

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Celtic Myths | The Story of Aonghus Óg…and Love

Aonghus, the Celtic god of love, is eternally youthful. His true name is Aonghus Óg, which means young Aonghus. Dun Aonghus, the sacred site on Inis Mór Island, the larger of the Aran Islands, is his summer residence. From this fort Aonghus Óg can reach the land of eternal youth, Tir na Óg.Myth4 Copyright©IreneGraham 2015 office@thecreativewritersworkshop

One night Aonghus fell in love, in a dream – when he saw Caer. He searched for her for years and years. Each year she changed shape. A shape shifter – from swan to beautiful woman, to swan, to beautiful woman. Aonghus’s searches lead him to find her among one hundred and fifty swans. His love was so deep he turned into a swan himself so he could be with her. Together they became the protectors of loving couples.

Aonghus Óg has four bright birds representing his four kisses, so if four birds encircle your head and sing when you are walking the winding hill to this ancient site, it could just mean you are charmed and that love springs into your heart.

Walking the ancient sites of Inis Mór learning myths and legends is part of The Creative Writer’s Workshop Novel and Memoir Writing Retreats on this mythical island.

Writing Retreats Workshops
with Irene Graham in the West of Ireland


Creative Writing | Finding Your Writing Voice

Finding one’s Writing Voice is, I feel, a key element in writing.

Previous writing influences often inhibit the creative voice. It is as if the brain becomes familiar with one mode of thought and the writer often finds the leap into the realm of creative language difficult.  Dawn Copyright©IreneGraham 2014 office@thecreativewritersworkshop

Influences such as Journal Writing, Applied Writing and Corporate Writing demand a different set of rules and thought patterns. The creative writer needs to break free of those restraints to write creatively.

Like all art forms, practice definately helps. Being aware of creative language, what it is and how it can be used in story is the foundation to writing creatively,  but in my workshop experiences, it is when a writer finds what they want to write about – when they engage with their story – that is when they connect to their writing voice on a deep level.

If this is the case, then it is important to not only understand the language within creative writing, but to focus and develop the story you want to write. This will help enhance your unique expression, your choice of words and will set the stage for the nuances of the world you are writing about.

Through engaging with the creative writing process and understanding the fundamentals of creating story, other writing influences will find their place, allowing your unique writing voice to emerge – for your story.

Creative Writing Workshops
with Irene Graham in the West of Ireland


Creative Writing Exercise | Destroy Your Inner Critic

Chalk3 Copyright©IreneGraham2015 office@thecreativewritersworkshop_edited-2“This is rubbish”. “My characters are one dimensional”.  “I can’t write”.

Does this sound familiar? Is your inner critic driving you to distraction and killing all hope of you tapping into your creativity and your writing?

Fear not. Sabotage is a very common problem with writers, especially new and emerging writers that are mastering their craft. 

It’s time to meet your Inner Critic – it’s time to destroy it – forever! This ghost is giving you nightmares. This shadow self is killing your creativity. This lead of weight on your shoulder is holding you to ransom – it’s stopping you write! 

Try this creative writing exercise to destroy your inner critic…really get into this exercise, delve deep, meet it, see it, make it come alive, face your inner critic…

  1. Arm yourself with coloured chalk sticks and crayons. Make sure you also have a black chalk/crayon
  2. Get a large sheet of white, non-ruled paper
  3. Draw your Inner Critic – this is not a drawing class – squiggles, lines, doodles are great. Go deep, meet this utter nuisance that is messing with your life. Just pick up the chalk and see where it takes you…
    *give your inner critic a form
    *what does it look like?
    *what does its personality feel like?
    *where does it hang out?
    *keep going….manifest your inner critic – free associate with the chalk
  4. Write anything on this sheet that you want to, talk to this irritant – what do you want to tell it?
  5. Fill the page, find out who this pest is, meet it head on
  6. When you are done, you can observe what this Inner Critic means to you. You can tear up the page, or even burn it (safely). This exercise helps many writers get in touch with their inner critic. It could help you to access your creativity, and your writing.
  7. Return to your writing…and write. Enjoy your writing, knowing that, at least, you now understand your inner critic, and can be aware of it with more objectivity. You can repeate this exercise as often as necessary.

Happy Writing!

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Writing Retreats in Ireland 2015 | The Creative Writer’s Workshop

Brollies2 Copyright©IreneGraham 2014 office@thecreativewritersworkshopAre you seeking a vacation that you will never forget?

Do any of the following tick the dream vacation box for you?

  • Silence to allow you to think and write?
  • Connect to your creativity in ancient Ireland?
  • Time and guidance to structure your book?
  • Luxury accommodation?
  • Gourmet Food?
  • Music, adventure and great company?

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Kinsale 2aSet on the spectacular waterfront in Kinsale, Co. Cork, this weekend workshop offers a luxury getaway to unwind and tap into your life journey in an atmosphere where the goal is to deepen your writing adventure…and write a short Memoir.

  • Workshop – Fri to Sun
  • Bed & Breakfast – Hotel accommodation

Open to local residents as non-residential workshop

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Castle Copyright©IreneGraham 2014 office@thecreativewritersworkshopFocus, develop and write your Memoir with Irene Graham this Sept.

Let nature, the Atlantic ocean, an incredible writing space, luxurious accommodation and gourmet food nurture the story that’s in your heart. Your story.

  • Tour – Cliffs of Moher
  • High-end shared or single accommodation – en suite
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner – mostly organic ingredients
  • The Memoir Writing Workbook
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Develop and create your book on Inis Mor Island with Irene Graham this Sept.

Cliffs 630x260 Irene Graham irenegraham@thecreativewritersworkshop.comExplore inner creativity, discover the heart of your story – be it Fiction or Autobiographical Fiction – and let the raw beauty of this ancient landscape inspire your soul and your writing spirit.

  • Guided Walks to ancient sites
  • Bedroom en suite, per participant
  • Gourmet Food
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Writing Retreats Workshops 2015 | The Creative Writer’s Workshop

Brollies2 Copyright©IreneGraham 2014 office@thecreativewritersworkshop~ NEW LOCATIONS FOR 2015 ~

Fiction & Memoir Writing Retreats

DEVELOP the Story that’s in your heart.
DEEPEN the Story that’s on your page.

Writing Retreats Workshops