Tour #2 - 8-15 July 2018

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.

CREATING IMMERSIVE FICTION:
The Novel That Reads Like a Movie
July 8 through 15 2018
Conference with Tours of Counties Galway, Mayo & Clare

with

 multi-published author and editor,
SERENA CHASE

Serena Chase is the author of the critically-acclaimed EYES OF E’VERIA epic fantasy series and the contemporary young adult coming-of-age romance, INTERMISSION. A respected industry influencer and frequent contributor to USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog, Serena Chase believes in the power of Story as a connective tool to impact individual lives and thereby bring about change in the world. Although the voice in which she writes varies stylistically between genres and the fairy tale in question may be metaphorical, her author tagline "find yourself in the fairy tale" carries her hope that readers will be able to identify with her stories on a deeply personal level while being thoroughly entertained.

Serena enjoys mentoring aspiring authors and helping new and established authors to create back cover and other book marketing copy through her critique service, Reviewer’s Eye View. Her fiction craft workshops are designed to provide authors with the tools they need to create an immersive entertainment experience for their readers.

You can learn more about Serena by visiting her website http://serenachase.com

 and 

published author & award-winning editor,
BETHANY KACZMAREK

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 ACFW’s Editor of the Year, 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



ABOUT THE JULY CONFERENCE:
Between them, Serena and Bethany have had six 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.


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. 

Sunday
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.

Monday 
Atour of –
  • 12th Century Castle 
  • Ancient Stone Circle 
  • A Quaint Old Village with loads of history and legend 
  • 7th Century Abbey 
  • Picnic lunch on the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland 
  • A hike through an ancient forest to a cave with eerie true stories 
  • Dinner at your leisure in the village
Tuesday
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.


Wednesday 
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
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’ll have a guided 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).
Saturday
Writing sessions at a lodge on the largest lake in the Republic, with excursions out to the lake 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.