19 - 26 JUNE 2022

Join us for this stimulating WRITERS CONFERENCE . . . 



19 through 26 June 2022

A week-long writers conference
and tours of Counties Galway, Clare, and Mayo
in the the inspirational wild west of Ireland. 
Before this conference and tour week begins, you will be invited to submit a number of manuscript pages for your editor, Rhonda Penders, to review. Your edited pages will be returned to you ahead of time so that, during the conference, you can enjoy a personalized one-on-one consultation with our expert editor. In addition, you may, if you wish, submit your social media information to marketing expert, Samantha Keating. 
Once in Ireland, you will enjoy group classes with these ladies who will be leading activities and discussions, and teach valuable 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.

Editor-in-Chief of Wild Rose Press,

Rhonda Penders and her business partner, RJ Morris, opened their publishing house, Wild Rose Press, in 2006, and they continue to be the sole owners today. Rhonda has been on both sides of the query process and brings a special touch of compassion to authors. She believes that publishing is a team effort between the author, the editor, and the publisher.

Rhonda has worked as a small town newspaper reporter, a confessional magazine writer, and is a published romance author. But it is her non-fiction story “Feeding Squirrels with Dad”, published by Chicken Soup for the Soul; Alzheimer’s Caregivers Edition that is the work of her heart.

In addition to being a home for traditionally published authors around the world, Rhonda and RJ offer a variety of services through other divisions of their publishing house, including help for authors who wish to self-publish, and a promotional service where authors can promote their books and get reviews in one spot.

In 2021, The Wild Rose Press (https://www.thewildrosepress.com/) hit its fifteenth stellar year. They were recently awarded the title of “Best Publisher of the Year” by an annual independent poll of readers and writers. The company has won this title for thirteen years.

Rhonda travels the world, coaching writers in the U.S. and abroad. At conferences, she takes individual pitches and offers feedback and direction, sharing her valuable experience with all the writers she mentors.

Social Media & Marketing Expert,

Samantha Keating is the social media manager for The Wild Rose Press, Inc. While in this capacity, she has grown the publisher’s posts on Instagram by over 300% and created the company’s TikTok account that has generated 35,000 likes. Samantha has presented online workshops to teach authors the use of TikTok for book promotion. She works one-on-one with authors helping with their social media engagements. Recently, she presented at a workshop during a writer’s retreat in Santorini, Greece, discussing everything from Twitter to Clubhouse. Samantha’s energy, enthusiasm, and perceptiveness of what draws in a reader or viewer make her a popular member of the team.

In addition to her work with the publishing company, she voluntarily handles the social media for a small therapy farm in the Chicago area, helping them go from an average of 500 views on TikTok to well over 14,000. Her takeover of their social media accounts helped increase their engagement across all social media platforms.

As well as the social media manager, Samantha is also an active member of the editorial team at The Wild Rose Press, helping in the final stages of manuscripts before publication. Her love of stories and research continues through to her spare time, where she can be found reading from the bestsellers lists and ensuring she is always up-to-date on what’s trending in the publishing world.

Follow Wild Rose Press at: https://www.facebook.com/TheWildRosePress/, on Twitter - @wildrosepress, and Instagram – Thewildrosepress 
Celtic historian, author and tour guide,
As a seanachai (storyteller) and author, Fiona has travelled around the globe, sharing ancestral tales of Irish myth and legend. As a tour guide, she imparts these stories on a regular basis. And, as a writer and researcher, she has a deep understanding of how folklore—no matter how fantastic the story may sound—always contains at least a gram of truth. Fiona will be leading two workshops on Celtic Myth & Legend which will include writing exercises inspired by the landscape, history, and ethos of Ireland. Even if a participant’s manuscript has absolutely nothing to do with Ireland, these writing workshops can enliven spontaneity and invigorate the inner muse. 


You can read more about Fiona, here: http://www.fiona-claire.com/

These two dynamic instructors will be sharing their expertise and wisdom in two extremely important areas for writers: content and promotion. Whether you're writing a mystery or thriller, a YA novel, historical, non-fiction, or something else, Rhonda and Samantha will be able to help you not only write the best story you can, but also sell it. 

During the conference week, Rhonda 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. Samantha will teach both the general and the specific aspects of successfully marketing your book.
In addition to getting Rhonda's feedback on your pages, you'll also get a chance to pitch your project to her. And, of course, both ladies will be giving you private one-on-one time during which you will receive their professional feedback on both your writing, your platform, and your social media presence. 
At the end of the week, you'll leave the Emerald Isle with memories of faerie forests and castles, and ammunition to make, not only your story, but your writing career the best it can be. 

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 guest teachers.
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 Rhonda and Samantha
On the tour trail again to - 
  • A 7th Century Abbey 
  • Largest lake in the Republic of Ireland 
  • A hike through a fairie forest to a cave with eerie true stories 
  • Dinner at your leisure in the village
A full day of writers conference, exercises, and individual editing, with a break for lunch 
Drinks with an editor while you pitch your story 
Evening: Trad music session for your enjoyment
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). 
A writers conference day including exercises, editing, and workshopping your manuscript, with a break for lunch 
Visit to a 16th century castle home of a pirate queen 
Dinner in Galway 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
A half day of writers conference, exercises, and editing.
A tour into the heart of Connemara, including yet another castle.
We say our good-byes and the shuttle returns you to Galway station. 

Click on the 'Accommodation' tab above to find out all about where you'll be staying for the week. 

Please click on the 'Pricing' tab above to find out prices and all that is included and not included. 

We've put the following safety precautions are in place to protect both your health and your investment:

We instruct all participants to wait until we notify them the conference/tour week is filled before purchasing airfare. We will notify everyone when it is time to purchase airfare.

When purchasing plane tickets, we would direct you to choose changeable or refundable fares.

We strongly recommend travel & trip-cancellation insurance. Links will be sent to several travel insurance plans or you may choose your own.

If a participant makes the decision before 19 March 2022 that they do not want to travel, the fees they have paid will be refunded, minus Venmo or Paypal fees.

If a participant makes the decision after 19 March 2022 that they do not want to travel, they can apply their balance to future Ireland Writer Tour retreats.

*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.