After the success of my first adult writing retreat in May, I am running a second one this November in the same country house in Kildare. http://www.dollardstown.com/
We will hire the venue exclusively for us, so we can have complete run of the place. They will feed us all of our meals and it’s only one hour from Dublin!
The retreat runs over the weekend of 13th/ 14th / 15th November. The hotel will be available exclusively for the adult writers. No other visitors will be staying.
The minimum number I need to run the weekend is five participants (all in single rooms). The maximum number I can have is eight (six sharing and two singles).
The price includes writing workshops, an individual mentoring session with me, scones and tea on arrival and departure, two healthy dinners (three courses), and two nights Bed and Breakfast. Participants are invited to bring their own wine, beer, soft drinks etc. Corkage is included in the overall price.
During the weekend, participants will each avail of a thirty minute mentoring session with me, to reflect on and discuss their work. Up to 2,500 words can be emailed to me before hand (if you wish). This can be a short story, extract from a novel, character profile or synopsis of a novel. Please organise the time with me on the Friday evening.
Arrival on Friday anytime from 4p.m. Welcome tea and scones (optional)
6.30 p.m. Dinner
After dinner workshop – aims and goals for our writing.
10.30 – 11.30 a.m. Workshop: Preparation and Getting started. Writing exercises and prompts will be provided.
11.30a.m – 4.30p.m. Silent retreat writing time. Participants will have complete run of the house as there will be no other guests staying. During writing time there will be no talking in the main rooms of the house to allow everyone to get as much work done as possible.
1p.m. Optional Lunch €10 per head. (Soup and sandwiches). Breakfast will be a full Irish or extensive continental so lunch is optional. You may not be hungry! Please let me know if you will want lunch a week in advance. This €10 will be added to the overall price.
4.30p.m. – 5.30p.m. Group Workshop: Readings and constructive feedback.
After dinner readings around the fire: writers’ own work or favourite extracts from other authors’ works.
10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. Workshop – writing prompts and guided exercises (for those who need them).
11.30- 1.p.m. Silent retreat writing time.
Optional Lunch €10 per head
2p.m. – 3p.m. Group reading and feedback on work. Wrap up workshop – Writing goals for the summer.
3p.m. Tea and scones
This retreat is suitable for writers who have a work in progress and also writers who would like an opportunity to begin something new. It is not suitable for complete beginners who have never done a writing course before. Ideas and prompts will be provided. Dollardstown house is a beautiful venue and will provide great inspiration for stories and characters.
There are several price options depending on the type of accommodation you choose. It is an old house and not all of the rooms have their own ensuite bathroom. The three rooms at the back of the house share a large bathroom.
Each overall price includes writing workshops and individual mentoring with me, scones and tea on arrival and departure, two healthy dinners (three courses), and two nights Bed and Breakfast. Participants are invited to bring their own wine, beer, soft drinks etc. Corkage is included in the overall price.
1) Large Single room with ensuite €415
2) Single room with shared bathroom €395 (sharing large bathroom with three other rooms on top floor)
3)Twin room with ensuite €315 (per person sharing)
4)Twin room with shared bathroom (€305 per person sharing)
If you would like to attend please let me know ASAP. I will give out rooms preferences on a first come first served basis.
To confirm your place I will need a deposit of €100 by Monday 31st August and the balance paid by Friday 2nd October
*Deposits and fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
I’m really looking forward to this retreat. It will be gorgeous to sit around the fire in the depths of winter. I hope we have loads of fun and get lots of magical writing done.