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Irene Graham is Founder of The Creative Writer’s Workshop (1991) and The Memoir Writing Club. She is also Author of The Memoir Writing Workbook.  Her workshops are accredited by George Mason University, Virginia, USA, as part of their undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

 

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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.

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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.

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Creative Writing | 5 Writing Tips from Irene Graham

1. Think about your writing journey, plan it, plan where you want your writing to take you in easy steps – 3 months from now, 6 months, 1 year, 3 years.  Approach your writing journey just like you would if you were taking an actual journey by plane, coach or whatever. Quote Give it a Try

2. Writing is about understanding story and how to create it. Do you know how to create a story?  If you don’t, you are not ready to write your book.  You need to learn how to create story so that you can then develop your story…and write it creatively.

3. Are you yearning to write – but don’t know what to write about? This is common. Start with writing exercises to help trigger thoughts and memories. Remove your edit button and just start writing, see what happens. You don’t have to show your work to anyone, so just free flow and get into the mode of writing.

4. Have you written 10,000 words + and feel your story is going nowhere? If you feel there is something missing while you are furiously writing your book – there probably is.  Think about seeking advice on your story and your writing – don’t continue to write 80,000 + words that you are unsure about.  Think of all the precious time you are going to save by getting your story ‘right’ before you commit your story to the page.

5. Have you a story to tell but don’t know how to approach it or are afraid to tell it because it may upset x, y or z in your life?  There are many ways to approach getting your story onto the page, sometimes what you don’t say (in the way you leave it out) can say even more than what you write. It’s an art, it’s an art that is worth learning!

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Creative Writing | Writer’s Block

Flying Copyright©IreneGraham 2013 office@thecreativewritersworkshopI don’t believe in Writer’s Block.  Movies have been made about it, blogs discuss it, writer’s bemoan how it has struck them like a bolt of lightening, immobilising their creativity and their writing flow. But just what has happened?

Nothing. Nothing has ‘happened’. But you are right – when you feel you have writer’s block, your writing probably is going nowhere – but not because you have ‘writer’s block’ and are incapable of writing.

To me, if someone stops writing, if their story gets stuck and they don’t know what to do or where to go with it, it just means the writer has backed themselves into a cul-de-sac, a dead end, and does not know how to reverse out of it.

It probably means:

  • the story is going in the wrong direction
  • the writer is asking the wrong questions about the story, therefore no answers are being created
  • the writer does not know what questions to ask

What to do: Change your thought patterens about your story – start thinking in a new way. Move your characters around, change their backgrounds, axe them, alter their settings. Change as much as you need to so that your story starts going forwards again…and you reverse out of that dreaded dead end, and write!

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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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WRITING RETREATS | FICTION & AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL FICTION – INIS MOR ISLAND IRELAND | SEPT 2015

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 ~
PLAN YOUR WRITING JOURNEY IN IRELAND NOW.

Fiction & Memoir Writing Retreats

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

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STUDY ABROAD IN IRELAND | GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY & THE CREATIVE WRITER’S WORKSHOP 24 May to 21 June 2015

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CREATIVE WRITING SUMMER ABROAD PROGRAM

EARN 6 SEMESTER CREDITS IN IRELAND THIS SUMMER!

Application Deadline: March 2015

  • Open to non-George Mason University Graduate & Undergraduate Students
  • Study on the Aran Islands
  • Explore Galway City
  • Live beside the Cliffs of Moher
  • Complete your writing adventure in Dublin
  • Program Dates: Sun 24 May to Sun 21 June 2015

Details:  STUDY ABROAD IN IRELAND

 

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ADVANCED WRITING WORKSHOP – WRITING VOICE – ONLINE – STARTS SAT 1 MAR 2014 WITH IRENE GRAHAM

Well 2 Copyright©Irene Graham 2011 office@thecreativewritersworkshop_edited-1ADVANCED WRITING WORKSHOP: THE ART OF LANGUAGE IN STORY 1

DEEPEN YOUR WRITING VOICE – LEARN THE ART OF FIGURATIVE AND EVOCATIVE LANGUAGE IN STORY

DATES: SAT 1 MAR 2014 TO MON 17 MARCH 2014
LIVE online meetings Sundays

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