Writing Craft - 8-15 July 2018

This year, we have a very special July conference. For the first time ever, Ireland Writer Tours will have two guest authors, as well as optional yoga, to help you become the successful writer you want to be!

Before this conference and tour week begins, you will be invited to submit a number of manuscript pages for the author/editors to review. Each author will edit the 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 even 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 authors and editors while experiencing the beguiling splendor of Ireland, read further to find out more.

July 8 through 15, 2018
Writers' Conference with Tours of Counties Galway, Mayo & Clare


published author & award-winning editor,

Bethany Kaczmarek is the author of the contemporary romance novel, STRAINS OF SILENCE, as well as a fairy-tale/mythology mashup currently enticing publishers. A professional editor, Bethany is the founder of A LittleRed Ink, which she and her sister have run for four years. As an editor, she’s worked with best-selling and award-winning authors as well as beginners. She is one of three ACFW Editor of the Year finalists, and is also Conference Awards Director for Realm Makers, where she reviews many of the best-loved speculative fiction novels each year.

At heart, Bethany considers herself a sojourner. So far, she’s just explored Earth, but her love for adventure and old stories makes her yearn for a chance to wander in other realms. Which is why she’s stoked about wandering through a faerie forest in Ireland with other imaginative types.

Find out more about Bethany on her website: www.bethanykaczmarek.com


successful published young adult author & editor,

McCall Hoyle is an award-winning author of young adult fiction. Her debut novel, THE THING WITH FEATHERS, won the Romance Writers of America GOLDEN HEART® award for excellence in young adult fiction. Her follow up young adult novel, MEET THE SKY, releases from HarperCollins/Blink September 4, 2018.

McCall will be teaching remotely via big screen TV. She enjoys coaching writers of all ages and at all stages of their writing careers. She is a high school English teacher, and also speaks and teaches writers across the United States. She’s worked with readers, writers, and fellow teachers at events such as RT Booklovers Convention, Georgia Romance Writers, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the American Library Association.

Find out more about McCall on her website:www.mccallhoyle.com


Yoga Instructor,
Katheryn Helms

Katheryn Helms believes yoga can help any writer in multiple ways. As a yoga practitioner for forty years, with twenty years of teaching experience, she brings joy and healing to the mat. Her personalized attention to students and warm, engaging teaching style make yoga accessible for anyone. Katheryn sees the energetic anatomy and flow of her students, using physical adjustments and channeling healing energies to support their re-alignment and release. In each class experienced participants are given opportunities to practice more deeply, while newcomers are guided fully. Laughter during the process is always encouraged.

Optional yoga will be offered in the mornings, before the writing conference classes begin. All are welcome.

To learn more about Katheryn, visit her webpage at katherynhelms.com.

Between them, Serena, Bethany, and McCall have had seven novels published, and have mentored a multitude of writers who are enjoying their own successes. These ladies know what grabs readers' attention, and how to keep them turning pages.

During the conference week, the authors will teach a variety of craft topics like, how to make a premise more compelling, a plot more concise, and create characters that are lifelike enough to walk off the page. You’ll experience in-depth workshops applicable to your current work in progress, and also find out about these editors’ personal editing techniques while receiving individualized professional feedback from them. At the end of the week, you'll leave the Emerald Isle with memories of faerie forests and castles, and ammunition to make your story stand out.

If you’re ready to take your writing seriously, and make long range career plans, 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 author/editors.
A tour of –
  • 12th Century Castle 
  • Ancient Stone Circle 
  • Lunch in a Quaint Old Village with loads of history and legend 
  • 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
Optional yoga class, followed by a full day of writers conference, exercises, and individual editing, with a break for lunch
6pm onwards - a trip to Galway City for dinner and a pub crawl.

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 
Optional yoga class, followed by 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
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).
Optional yoga class followed by half day of writers conference, exercises, and editing.

After lunch, we’ll tour part 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.