SEPTEMBER 2021 RETREAT

 Join us for a dynamic WRITING RETREAT this September . . . 

BRING YOUR WRITING TO LIFE

AND WRITE STORIES THAT SELL

5 through 12 September 2021

A week-long writing retreat with tours of Counties Galway, Clare, and Mayo
in the the inspirational wild west of Ireland. 

with guest author/instructor/mentor, 

MARK STEVENS

ABOUT THE RETREAT: 
The best thing about this retreat--what sets it apart from others--is the individualized professional feedback you will receive within a small, select group of writers. Even before you arrive at the retreat, you will be invited to submit a number of manuscript pages for our successful, multi-published author to read and review. Your pages will then be edited, with helpful comments and advice offered and sent back to you before the retreat begins. 
 
Once in Ireland, you will receive group classes and workshops, have a 1-on-1 consultation with a successful, mutli-published author, have personal writing time to work on your project, receive writing prompts geared toward your specific needs, engage in discussions about your work, and even learn marketing skills to help sell your book once it's published. 
 
In addition, you'll also have opportunities to brainstorm and network with other writers, and meet potential beta and critique partners. 
 
Since this retreat offers unique, personal attention, it is flexible enough to engage and challenge writers of all levels--from the novice to the advanced, published author. Mark Stevens will coach across genres, so whether you're writing a mystery, a YA novel, historical, non-fiction, or something else, this week can help bring your story to life and make it sell. 
 
At the end of the week, you'll leave the Emerald Isle with memories of faerie forests and castles, plus the ammunition to make your story stand out. 


ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR/MENTOR: 
Mark Stevens is the award-winning writer of 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. 

His expertise and amiable nature have put him 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.

TOUR ITINERARY:  
Your conference and tour base will be a countryside lodge just outside 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 countryside lodge where they can freshen up before -

  • A tour of a 14th Century Abbey, the best-preserved ruin of its type; 
  • Evening - Back to your room at the lodge for a brief rest before the welcoming banquet and a talk from our featured guest instructor. 
  • Celtic Bedtime Story 
Monday 
A tour including –
  • Ancient Stone Circle 
  • 12th Century Castle 
  • Walk through the forest to the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland 
  • Stop for lunch in a Quaint Old Village with loads of history and legend, followed by:
    • Opening writing workshop 
  • Optional tour of the village & shopping 
  • Visit to a spooky cemetery for inspiration where there will be a Writing Assignment  
  • Optional Pitch Session and Dinner at your leisure 

Tuesday
Writing Workshops & exercises
Personal Writing Time 
1-on-1 consultations 
Lunch at our Lodge 
Visit to 16th Century home of a pirate Queen 
Galway City for free writing time, shopping, dinner 
Home to our Lodge 


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  
Writing Workshops & exercises
Personal Writing Time 
1-on-1 consultations 
Lunch at our Lodge 
Afternoon writing exercises outside in a faerie forest 
Visit to a haunted cave and a legendary cairn 
Evening at your leisure 


Friday
The day begins with a ferry ride to Inis Mór, the largest Aran Island off the coast of Galway. 
Once there, you will have a guided tour of the island, including: 
optional hike to Dún Aengus, the prehistoric ring fort perched on cliffs high above the ocean, an ancient holy well, a seal colony, and, of course, the home of the famous Aran handknit sweaters (available on the island at a greatly reduced price). 
Dinner at our Lodge 
Private performance for our group by traditional Irish musicians 
Saturday
A half day of writers conference, exercises, and editing.
Lunch
A tour into the heart of Connemara, including yet another castle. 
 
Sunday
10:00am - We say our good-byes and the shuttle returns you to Galway station


ACCOMMODATION:  

You’ll be staying in a charming country lodge in County Galway, surrounded by the beautiful Connemara mountains, and close to Lough Corrib, the largest lake in the Republic. You’ll have a private room and bathroom, TV, tea/coffee maker, hairdryer, and wifi.

   

Each bedroom is cheerfully decorated, unique and private. 

Every morning you can enjoy a full Irish breakfast. Our classes will be held in the lodge, and in the evening you may wish to cozy up in front of the fire in the sitting room, and read or chat with fellow writers. 

PRICING:  

Total Price for the Week:  $2,195

What's Included: 
7 nights/8 days of Private Accommodation (bedroom ensuite)
Full Irish Breakfast every day
All Ground Transportation
Entrance Fees (excluding €5 optional Dún Aonghasa entrance)
Professionally Guided Tours on the mainland
Ferry Fees
First Night Welcoming Banquet (and gratuities) 
Friday Night Dinner at the Lodge (and gratuities) 
Lunches on two of the conference days (and gratuities)
Traditional Music Performance Admission
Extensive Trip Preparation Info
Additional Helpful Info should you wish to continue your tour of Ireland after our conference
All Classes, Workshops & Private Conference with Guest Instructor
Editing of your manuscript pages and personal feedback from an industry professional

What's Not Included:
Airfare
Airport bus transfer (€27 return)
Any lunches, dinners, and gratuities not listed above
Travel Insurance
Souvenirs
Any extra transportation outside the tours



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