2018 Conferences and Tours

In 2018 we're offering two exciting tours. The itineraries and pricing will be similar to the 2017 tours, but with a some new and mysterious locations and aspects added. Check back soon for updates, and in the meantime, here's the 2017 itinerary for reference . . . 

 

TOUR ITINERARY: 

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.
Monday
Our Tour begins Monday morning, allowing you the weekend to arrive in Ireland and shake-off jet lag. 
  • At 10:00am, our shutle will pick up all participants in Galway City and whisk you away to the hotel.
  • By 11am, you'll be checked in and ready to start the writing conference. There will be a break beween classes, workshops, and private consult, for lunch, served at the hotel. 
  • Late afternoon, we're off on a tour of a 14th Century Abbey, the best-preserved ruin of its type, followed by a haunted graveyard 
  • Evening - After a brief rest and a chance to change for dinner, we'll enjoy a welcoming banquet at the hotel, with a talk from our featured author/editor, followed by a bit of Irish story-telling. 
Tuesday
A morning of writing conference classes, followed by lunch served at the hotel.
Afternoon tour of –
  • 12th Century Castle 
  • Ancient Stone Circle 
  • A Quaint Old Village with loads of history and legend 
  • 7th Century Abbey 
  • A hike though an ancient forest to a cave with eerie true stories 
  • Dinner at your leisure in the village
Wednesday 
A tour of -
  • Beautiful bay with picturesque sailboats and currachs 
  • A castle featured in so many photos, you’re sure to recognize it! 
  • Cliffs of Moher – possibly the most photographed and breath-taking scenery in Ireland
  • Small town famous for its dramatic beach, designer craft shop
  • The Burren
  • The most famous dolmen in Ireland, a burial site of ancient king
  • Famous castle home of an infamous 18th century heroine who inspired loads of spooky tales.
  • Dinner in a thatched "cottage" restaurant
Thursday
A full day of writers conference, exercises and editing, and workshopping your manuscript, with a break for lunch
Dinner at a 15th century haunted castle
Friday
The day begins with a ferry ride to Inis Mór, the largest Aran Island off the coast of Galway 
Once there, you may wish to take a pony and trap tour or a van tour of the island (extra charge), but the island is small enough to walk to the attractions, including Dún Aengus, the prehistoric ring fort perched on cliffs high above the ocean, an ancient holy well and, of course, the famous Aran handknit sweaters (available on the island at a greatly reduced price). 
Saturday
Writing sessions at a lodge on the largest lake in the Republic, with excursions across the causeway to a mystical lake island, for inspiration!
After lunch, we’ll tour part of Connemara, including yet another castle.
Sunday
We say our good-byes and the shuttle returns you to Galway station



*These tours involve walking and possibly a bit of low climbing 

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