About the Tours

2016 Tour Information is being updated.
The following were our 2015 Tours: 


 16-23 August 2015

with Multi-Published Athor and Publishing Attorney, Susan Spann


with Multi-Published Author and Editor, Heather Webb

Before this exciting retreat begins, you will be invited to submit a number of manuscript pages for Susan and Heather to review. Each author will edit the pages ahead of time and, during the retreat, discuss those edits with you and advise on revisions in one-on-one sessions. In addition, each author will offer group classes, lead activities and discussions, and teach the necessary skills to bring your writing to the next level. This retreat features a lot of individual attention, and for that reason, it 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 authors and editors while experiencing the beguiling spendor of Ireland, this is the tour for you. 

Susan Spann writes the Shinobi mysteries featuring ninja detective Hiro Hattori and his Portuguese Jesuit sidekick, Father Mateo. CLAWS OF THE CAT (Minotaur Books 2013) was named a Library Journal Mystery Debut of the Month. The New York Journal of Books called CLAWS "an intriguing tale with dramatic descriptions and vivid characterizations," and RT Book Reviews called it "a fascinating and complicated mystery." The next Shinobi Mystery, BLADE OF THE SAMURAI, releases July 15, 2014. You can learn more about Susan at her website: http://www.SusanSpann.com/

Heather Webb is a successful author and freelance editor. Her novel, BECOMING JOSEPHINE has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and released to national acclaim from Kirkus Reviews and the New York Journal of Books. As a freelance editor, Heather enjoys helping writers find their voice and hone their skills--not to mention offering marketing and author branding advice, or query and pitch help for The Great Agent Search. For more information, please visit: http://www.heatherwebbauthor.com/.



 6-13 September 2015

with Best-Selling Authors Stephanie Cowell

and Stephanie Lehmann

You will be invited to submit a limited number of manuscript or story pages to the Stephanies before this tour which they will edit and advise you about during a private consultation. This retreat includes group lectures, creative exercises and lively conversations. Over the years, Stephanie Cowell and Stephanie Lehmann have been mentors and coaches to many writers who have gone on to be successfully published. If you want to learn what it will feel like to achieve your goal of becoming a best-selling author—oh yeah—and tour the west of Ireland at the same time, this one-of-a-kind retreat is for you! 

Stephanie Cowell is the best-selling author of five novels, including MARRYING MOZART and CLAUDE & CAMILLE, and a winner of the American Book Award. According to the Washington Post, Stephanie is “one of the best and brightest writers.” January Magazine says that Stephanie has built “a reputation writing beautiful, cinematic books.” And the Boston Globe enthuses, “Cowell is nothing short of masterful." You can learn more about Stephanie on her website: http://www.stephaniecowell.com/

Stephanie Lehmann is the author of five novels, most recently ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE, which was chosen as a “Best Book for 2013” by Library Journal and named a “Best Novel for Summer Reading” by Kirkus Reviews. Having worked at a literary agency doing editorial work with authors for over ten years, as well as teaching novel writing classes at several venues, Stephanie has loads of mentoring experience. You can learn more about Stephanie at her websites www.StephanieLehmann.com and www.AstorPlaceVintage.com