Writing C & P - 23-30 June 2019

Writing Craft and Productivity
Before this conference and tour week begins, you will be invited to submit a number of manuscript pages for the authors/editors to review. Each will edit your pages ahead of time and, during the conference, offer advice in one-on-one sessions. They’ll also offer group classes, lead activities and discussions, and teach necessary marketing skills. A unique feature of this conference is the individual attention, which ensures that the week is flexible enough to engage and challenge writers of all levels—from the novice to the advanced, published author.

If you want one-on-one time with dynamite professionals while experiencing the beguiling splendor of Ireland, read further to find out more.

23 through 30 June 2019
Writers' Conference with Tours of Counties Galway, Mayo & Clare

 multi-published author & editor,

Amanda Flower is a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author. She is the author of over twenty-five novels, including the bestselling Crime and Poetry and Assaulted Caramel. Her books have been in print continuously since 2010 when her first novel, Maid of Murder, debutedShe has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Romantic Times, and has been featured in USA Today

She is a frequent speaker on author publicity and social media, researching for fiction, plotting the bestselling novel, and mystery/suspense fiction. As the author-in-residence and writing coach in her busy Ohio community, she has vast experience critiquing writers' works of all genres and providing sound publishing advice for those pursuing traditional, as well as self-publishing. Writers Amanda has tutored have gone on to publish both traditionally and independently. She has experience organizing writer conferences and programs both for her local library and Sisters in Crime. Amanda’s latest works are Toxic Toffee, Death and Daisies, and Murders and Metaphors. To find out more about Amanda, please visit www.amandaflower.com.


agent and editor with The Seymour Agency,

Julie Gwinn, currently a literary agent with The Seymour Agency, has more than a decade in publishing including serving as marketing manager then Fiction Publisher for B&H Publishing Group and Marketing Manager for Abingdon Press. 
Julie works with authors who are interested in traditional publishing, as well as self-publising. Prior to joining the publishing industry, Gwinn acquired more than twenty-five years’ experience in advertising, marketing and public relations. She uses her previous experience to aid her authors at every phase of their publishing plan.

She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two children and also enjoys freelance editing, and DIY projects around the house.
To find out more about Julie, please visit: https://www.theseymouragency.com/About-Us.html.

Successful author, Amanda Flower, and successful agent, Julie Gwinn, have more than just success in common. Not only have they gotten many books published, they've actually worked together. Julie was Amanda's editor on her first book. In eight years, Amanda has had over twenty-five books published that have sold well and received good reviews. Julie has won Editor of the Year honours from ACFW. Both these ladies have taught and mentored a multitude of writers who are enjoying their own successes. If you want to learn how to manage your time in the best way possible to become a successful author, these ladies have your back!

During the conference week, Amanda and Julie will teach a variety of important aspects of the craft, like formulating a compelling premise, and how to keep readers turning pages. Amanda will share her secrets about how to produce new work on a regular basis, keeping both your publisher, and your readers, happy, while Julie can share tips about current trends in publishing.

If you’re ready to implement long-range plans into your writing career, join us for this conference and tour in the beautiful west of Ireland.

Your conference and tour base will be a tiny village in the west of Ireland. This tranquil setting is home to quite a few artists, musicians and writers because of its inspiring atmosphere. The peace and dramatic beauty of the area can have a profound effect on your writing. At the same time, you'll be touring throughout the western half of the country to the varied sights listed below. 

Our Tour begins at 2:00pm with a shuttle pick up in Galway City
Participants are whisked away to the hotel where they can freshen up before -
  • A tour of a 14th Century Abbey, the best-preserved ruin of its type 
  • Evening - Back to your hotel for a brief rest before the welcoming banquet and a talk from our featured guest teachers.
A tour of –
  • 12th Century Castle 
  • Ancient Stone Circle 
  • Stop for lunch in a Quaint Old Village with loads of history and legend, followed by:
    • Opening workshop with Amanda and Julie
On the tour trail again to - 
  • A 7th Century Abbey 
  • Largest lake in the Republic of Ireland 
  • A hike through a faire forest to a cave with eerie true stories 
  • Dinner at your leisure in the village
A full day of writers conference, exercises, and individual editing, with a break for lunch
Free evening to relax or work on your story

A tour of -
  • The tallest round tower in existence, circa 7th century
  • Beautiful bay with picturesque sailboats and currachs 
  • A castle featured in so many photos, you’re sure to recognize it! 
  • The Burren
  • The most famous dolmen in Ireland, a burial site of ancient king 
  • Charming seaside town with excellent homemade Irish fudge
  • Cliffs of Moher – possibly the most photographed and breath-taking scenery in Ireland 
A full day of writers conference, exercises, and editing, and workshopping your manuscript, with a break for lunch
Visit to the 16th century castle home of a pirate queen
Dinner in Galway and a pub crawl

The day begins with a ferry ride to Inis Mór, the largest Aran Island off the coast of Galway.
Once there, you may choose a bike or van tour of the island, including Dún Aengus, the prehistoric ring fort perched on cliffs high above the ocean, an ancient holy well, a seal colony, and, of course, the famous Aran handknit sweaters (available on the island at a greatly reduced price).
A half day of writers conference, exercises, and editing
A tour into the heart of Connemara, including yet another castle.
We say our good-byes and the shuttle returns you to Galway station

*This tour involves walking and possibly a bit of low climbing 

 This conference/tour will be limited to twelve participants to ensure individual attention, and will be tailored to the needs of the writers who enroll.