9-16 JULY 2023

 Join us for this dynamic WRITERS' RETREAT & CONFERENCE . . . 


9 through 16 July 2023

A week-long writers retreat with conference-style classes, plus tours of the inspirational wild west of Ireland,
including Counties Galway, Clare & Mayo.


The July 2023 Ireland Writer Tour retreat will include tours of Counties Galway, Clare and Mayo, with special guest instructors, best-selling authors and editors, Heather Webb and Eliza Knight. We'd love it if you'd join us. Read on to find out more . . . 

Before this conference and tour week begins, writing participants* are 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. Heather Webb will focus on the ins-and-outs of traditional publishing, which Eliza Knight will give you tips on self-publishing, as well as traditional, and moving between the two. 

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.

*Please Note: Non-Writers are welcome to join us too. Ireland Writer Tours arranges separate day tours for non-writers to enjoy while the writers are in the conference.


multi-published guest author and editor,

Heather Webb is the USA Today and international bestselling author of seven historical novels. In 2015, Rodin’s Lover was a Goodread’s Top Pick, and in 2018, Last Christmas in Paris won the Women’s Fiction Writers Association STAR Award. Meet Me in Monaco was selected as a finalist for the 2020 Goldsboro RNA award in the UK, as well as the 2019 Digital Book World’s Fiction prize. To date, her books have been translated to fifteen languages. 
Heather is also a freelance editor of ten years and a teacher of over twenty years. She has taught high school language classes, writing and publishing courses at a local community college, and is currently an adjunct in the MFA in Writing program at Drexel University. In addition, Heather has led writing retreats domestically and abroad. Her passion for helping writers has led her back to the fantastic Ireland Writer Tours, where she hopes to meet and mingle with new friends who inspire her as much as she hopes to inspire them. 
You can read more about Heather, here: https://heatherwebbauthor.com/site/
And be sure to follow her on Twitter: @msheatherwebb. 
multi-published guest author and editor,

Eliza (E.) Knight is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling hybrid (traditionally and self-published) author of over sixty titles in historical women’s fiction and Scottish historical romance. In 2013 she was named Romance Writers of America’s PRO Mentor of the Year, and in 2017 was accepted into RWA’s Honor Roll for selling over 100,000 copies of her self-published title The Highlander’s Reward.  In addition to her own indie publishing, Eliza is contracted with Lake Union Publishing, Sourcebooks and William Morrow (HarperCollins), as well as has audio contracts with Tantor and Blackstone Audio.


With her expertise in self-publishing, marketing, and writer career planning, she has been in high demand to present workshops on writing and publishing, both online and in-person at national and local conferences and book festivals. Some of those include Romance Writers of America, Maryland Romance Writers, Washington Romance Writers, Valley Forge Romance Writers, InD’Tale, Romantic Times, Historical Romance Retreat, Historical Novel Society, Baltimore Book Festival, and many more. She continues to mentor new writers one-on-one throughout the year. 

You can read more about Eliza, here: https://elizaknight.com/

And be sure to follow her on Twitter at @ElizaKnight. 


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/

Our tour begins at 2:00pm when our tour coach collects you in Galway City. Participants are whisked away to check into their hotel and freshen up before: 
  •  A brief tour of a 14th century abbey, the best-preserved ruin of its type in Europe 
Then a short rest period followed by:
  • a welcoming banquet at our hotel, followed by a talk from our featured guest coaches, followed by
  • a Celtic bedtime story 


Tour including –

  • Ancient Stone Circle 
  • Visit to the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland
  • Optional falconry lesson on the grounds of a 12th Century Castle  (or free writing time)
  • A Quaint Old Village with loads of history and legend
Break in the tour for lunch, followed by afternoon writers' conference workshop. 
The tour resumes with
  • 7th Century Abbey 
  • A hike through an faerie forest to a cave with eerie true stories 
  • Dinner at your leisure in the village 
 Full conference day, including focused writing time, writing classes, and private one-on-one consultations with the coaches to discuss your work. 
Evening: At your leisure. Work on your manuscript, read before the sitting room fireplace, or chat with your fellow writers.
Full tour day. Beginning 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).  
Conference day - A day of writers conference, exercises and editing, and workshopping your manuscript, with a break for lunch. 
Followed by a late afternoon guided tour of a 15th century lakeside castle, home of a pirate queen. Then dinner in Galway City and optional pub crawl.  

A tour of -

  • 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 
  • Cliffs of Moher – possibly the most photographed and breath-taking scenery in Ireland 
First half of the day is writers conference, including writing sessions in a remote village, followed by a walk through the forest to a spectacular waterfall. 

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 conference/tour will be limited to twelve participants to ensure individual attention, and will be tailored to the needs of the writers who enroll. Early enrollment is strongly suggested.


To find out all about where you'll be staying for the week, please click on the 'Accommodation' tab above, or click here: Accommodation

To find out prices and all that is included in your package, please click on the 'Pricing' tab above, or click here: Pricing
We've put the following safety precautions 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.

Make sure you are fully vaccinated. 

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.

***PLEASE NOTE: This tour requires walking for at least 20-30 minutes in duration, and a bit of low climbing. By registering for this tour you agree to these terms.***

If you have any questions, please contact us at rlt_tours at yahoo dot com.  
We're happy to chat via email or WhatsApp.