This year’s August tour will be a first for Ireland Writer Tours, and promises to be a thoroughly unique experience. For an elite group of six writers, this week will teach you the ins and outs of indie, hybrid, and traditional publishing. The goal is to give you the keys to unlocking your own success as a writer.

Before the conference week begins, you will be invited to submit a number of manuscript pages for the author/editor to review. Your pages will be edited and returned to you ahead of time so that, during the retreat, you can have a private, one-on-one consultation with the author/editor to discuss those edits. You’ll also participate in group classes, activities and discussions, learn valuable marketing skills, and even have some focused time to work on your manuscript. Most importantly, the small group of participants allows for individual attention and a curriculum flexible enough to engage and challenge writers of all levels—from novice to advanced, published author.

If you want one-on-one time with a dynamite author and editor while experiencing the beguiling splendor of Ireland, read further to find out more.

Success on Your Own Terms
August 7 through 13 2017
Conference with Tours of Counties Galway, Clare, and Mayo

multi-published author and editor,

Laura VanArendonk Baugh ( is an award-winning author of speculative fiction, mystery, and non-fiction. The recipient of the 2012 Luminis Award and other accolades, she has produced works which have earned the highest ratings on Tangent's “Recommended Reading” list. Currently, Laura has twelve titles on Amazon -- seven of her own books, plus anthologies, as she's been invited by editors to write custom tales for the latter. A professional public speaker, Laura does presentations on a variety of topics ranging from website design and marketing for authors to animal training (she's a professional trainer and behavior consultant). Sessions at which she is scheduled to speak often fill months in advance. Laura admits a turning point in her career was when she bought a sexy, red Tesla Model S with the income from her books!

Publishing is no longer an either or game. There’s a whole new league of hybrid published authors creating exciting options for themselves. And you can be one of them.

In WORLDBUILDING and BOOKBUILDING, you’ll learn how to create worlds within the pages you write, as well as how to create your own publishing success in the real world. Laura VanArendonk Baugh offers you in-depth instruction on how to decide which path is best for each particular book you write, then she’ll give you step-by-step guidelines for the editing and publishing process. You'll learn about querying agents, setting up to publish, and marketing.

And, of course, there will also be information regarding plotting, pacing, and how to make your manuscript sparkle. Whether you want to get your manuscript ready to submit to an agent or you want to keep your options open and learn how to self-publish, you don’t want to miss this week in 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 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. 
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
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
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 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). 
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.
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.