8 - 15 August 2021

Before this conference and tour week begins, you will be invited to submit a number of manuscript pages for the author/editor and agent 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. You'll have opportunities to brainstorm, network with professionals, and meet potential beta and critique partners. 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.


BUILDING THREE-DIMENSIONAL CHARACTERS:
BRING YOUR WRITING TO LIFE
AND WRITE STORIES THAT SELL

8-15 August 2021 
Writers' Conference with Tours of Counties Galway, Mayo & Clare

with


multi-published & award-winning author,
MARK STEVENS

Mark Stevens writes the Allison Coil Mystery Series. He's won the Colorado Book Award, the Colorado Authors League Award, and was named Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers 2016 Writer of the Year. His short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers anthologies, and Hex Publishers. 

He's been in great demand as both an instructor and panelist at numerous events, including Bouchercon, Left Coast Crime, RMFW Colorado Gold Conference, Montana Book Festival, Edgar Symposium, and many others. 

Look for Mark at his ongoing podcast, 'The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers,' for RMFW. He also contributes reviews to the New York Journal of Books, as well as reviews books and hosts online author interviews on his book review page. You can read more about Mark, here: https://www.writermarkstevens.com/
And be sure to follow him on Twitter: @writerstevens. 

and 


agent and editor with the BookEnds Literary Agency,
MOE FERRARA

Becoming a literary agent was fitting for a girl who, as a small child, begged her dad to buy her a book simply because "it had a hard cover."  Growing up, she had a hard time finding YA books outside of Christopher Pike and R. L. Stine, and instead tackled Tom Clancy or her mom's romance novels. Though her career path zigzagged a bit—she attended college as a music major, earned a JD from Pace Law School, then worked various jobs throughout the publishing industry—Moe was thrilled to join the BookEnds team in May of 2015 as a literary agent. 

Moe has taught at James Rivers Writers, Portland SCBWI, and numerous writing workshops on romance, sci-fi, fantasy, etc.

Moe is interested in fictional works for all ages from picture books
 through adult readers (and graphic novels) in most genres. She's LGBTQ+ friendly across all age groups and always looking for more #ownvoices clients. She is also interested in select narrative nonfiction titles in the areas of LGBTQ studies, musical theatre, and classical music. At this time she's not looking for women's fiction or cozy mysteries.

You can follow Moe on Twitter at @inthesestones. 


ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: 
These two instructors will be sharing their experience and wisdom across multiple genres. So whether you're writing a mystery or thriller, a YA novel, historical, non-fiction, or something else, Mark and Moe can help you bring your story to life and make it sell. 

During the conference week, Mark and Moe will teach a variety of 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. Moe will teach a query workshop, offer tips about navigating 'The Call,' and you'll even get a chance to pitch your manuscript. You’ll experience in-depth workshops applicable to your current work in progress, and also find out about these instructors' 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 guest teachers.
Monday 
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 Mark and Moe
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
Tuesday
A full day of writers conference, exercises, and individual editing, with a break for lunch
Drinks with an agent while you pitch your story


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
Visit to the 16th century castle home of a pirate queen
Dinner in Galway and a pub crawl

Friday
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).
Saturday
A half day of writers conference, exercises, and editing.
Lunch
A tour into the heart of Connemara, including yet another castle.
Sunday
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.