Folks, I have no idea if wordpress is now going to do what I want it to do, or not. In my dream of the next few minutes, the poster for the NEW YEAR INISHBOFIN JAUNT will now appear as an image filling a post. In my worst case imaginings, a couple of clickable links might turn up instead. Lets see. Lets be having you wordpress!

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NEW COURSE INFO FROM WRITING TRAIN: At a gallop, let me know announce that at today’s date, 7/ 11/ 2014: advanced Dublin writing workshops on Tuesday and Thursday nights ( Westmoreland Street and Glasthule respectively) are taking new members now for short runs of 6 weeks to Christmas, if you’d like to try out an advanced workshop.  An equally short History to Story researched creative writing course starts in the National Library Kildare Street on Thursday in mid November. Saturday p.m. Developing writer 12 -week course with me  starts in south City centre on Nov 15th, and Inishbofin Jaunt New Year Writing Retreat runs 29 Dec to Jan 4. All booking now. Book two x 16 week advanced writing workshops with me next year and receive free tuition on a Bofin writing retreat. Daytime, weekday START TO WRITE and DEVELOPING WRITER courses in Glasthule will begin from week of 5 Jan. Email, phone 086 1701418. All the best for now! Y

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Inishbofin Jaunts 2014


Inishbofin Jaunt Writing Holidays 2014

Inspiration, guidance, peace and fun. And Bofin!

If you’d like the basics of the info on BOFIN JAUNTS for September, just click on the menu bar above where it says Inishbofin Jaunts 2014. Then read on, here, for more detail:


1 week retreat with daytimes set aside for writing, walking. thinking etc. On 5 nights of our week we will have Think Tank troubleshooting and skill-sharing sessions together as a group. Tuition fee €240. For those currently enrolled in a Writing Train course a special discounted fee applies. Please get in touch for details. Accommodation cost: Get in touch for exact details, but budget for €295 self catering one week (includes prepared lunches and breakfast supplies) and €350 B and B ( the sooner you authorise me to book, the better deal I can get for you!)


From Saturday evening 13th Sept to Thursday morning Sept 18th.

Tuition on the course will comprise: four x 3 hour intensive morning sessions with me, getting you writing, helping you find material and introducing you to all the short written forms: short story, essay, poem, tiny play.

On one afternoon we will take an optional group excursion (in previous trips we have e.g. visited the nearby uninhabited island of Inishark and taken a boat trip around Bofin’s coastline. Budget for €40 travel cost for this optional trip).

On one evening we will read together some short pieces written during the course.

Expect to finish a draft of one piece in one of the short forms listed above and to have begun a number of other pieces during our time together.

How the course will run:

Class 10-1 each day. From 1 p.m. to an optional group dinner-time of 7.00 / 7.30 nightly, your day will be your own. But both myself and my assistant will be delighted to advise you on walks, bike hire, trekking, heritage centre visit, good places to swim etc.

Benefits of a group creative trip like this:

The presence of the group ensures there is always a kindred spirit around if you want company in any of this free time. At the same time, with the peaceful and easygoing nature of this trip, should you wish to spend a lot of time by yourself that will be absolutely understood. Inspiration, guidance, peace and fun. And Bofin!

Contact me:

Contact me at any time in re the details of the Jaunts on 086 1701418 and I have been running writing trips to Bofin for 7 years and writing classes around Ireland for 23, so I am sure I’ll be able to facilitate both your writing dreams and a wonderful Inishbofin time! “If you are thinking of going, just go! Just go!” Debbie Gilbert, U.S.A., Summer Bofin Jaunt 2012.


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Latest info on Inishbofin Jaunt writing holidays 2014

Hi all!

I’m delighted to say we’ll have a complementary Landscape drawing course with the fine artist and teacher Martin Meyler over two mornings on our 6 September Jaunt to Bofin.

See this URL above for the very latest poster/ brochure and info.

Comfortable and good-value Self catering and B and B acommodation can be sourced for you if you contact me soon! I have a limited stock of each. Booking deadline for JULY Jaunt is 30 June without exception, so get in touch soon at 086 1701418 and if interested in the July trip. 9 AUGUST is the booking deadline for the SEPTEMBER JAUNTS which run for 7 nights from 6th Sept and 5 nights from Sept 13th.

Budget for €280 Self catering in a single room ( first few bookings ensuite), and €310 upwards for B and B for 1 week, depending on how quickly you book. Accommodation is always scarce on Bofin but as I have been running the trips for many years I am holding rooms at the lovely Beach Bar B and B as well as in Aileen Murray’s East End Beach house and Noel Scholfields fine big Fawnmore house, for the different events. Early booking is, as they say, very much advised if you want to avail of this accommodation. If there is anything else available on the island besides what I have secured, it will be a lot more expensive than what I can offer. Contact me, Yvonne Cullen, at the number and email above for further info and to book.  If you’re a first-time visitor to the blog, please do also browse the tips etc and consider LIKING the facebook page Yvonne Cullen’s Writing Train for more regular writing tips and info. Look forward to hearing from you!

Yvonne C


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The September 13 departing INISHBOFIN JAUNT will be a little shorter than originally advertised, at 5 days not 7, and with a correspondingly lower fee. See link here for info. Booking deadline in 3 weeks, 21 June, looking forward to hearing from lots of you soon!

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Train won’t be running for the next ten days till June 8th!





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Hi all!

Between now and June 8th I’ll be off the Train, writing. You can text me re bookings, at 086 1701418 and I will get back to you as quickly as I can. Saturday class at the National Library will be happening. There will be no Tuesday night class on 3rd or 10th JUNE, or Thursday night class on June 5th but Thursday will definitely run on June 12th.  There are still a couple of spaces left in Tuesday nights at the Westin hotel (13 sessions for a fee of 11) and I can take bookings for them by text. I’m sure I could have the odd quick phone chat as well, to discuss a course with you, if you text me and request that. I’ll be back on the Train from Monday June 9th. The other up-coming courses that might interest you are: Monday nights starting June 16th in Glasthule and the INISHBOFIN JAUNTS ( dates and info here on the blog). Look forward to being back at work on the 9th with a manuscript gone!



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Timetables for INISHBOFIN JAUNTS 2014!



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It’s official: we’re off to Bofin again! 8MAYFINAL ACCOMM BOFIN   2014 INISHBOFIN JAUNT TIMETABLE PDF

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A lovely programme of classes, with the benefit of taking place in a couple of segments  across the summer: this class also happens in the nicest airiest, most peaceful ( and one of the most centrally– not to mention culturally– located) cafes in town!
In my infinite if at at times slightly eccentric wisdom: ), this is what I have decided to offer on Saturday mornings at the N.L.I. this term. A slight tweak to the info in the timetable above.
This course will now consist of 9 meetings across the summer, starting on May 24. It will begin with an extra long session of 2.5-2.75 hours in week one, to get you ready to work by yourselves for the two following weeks. First session will also supply you with lots of materials, tailored writing and creative challenges plus a complimentary copy of ALL GOOD THINGS BEGIN, the fab anthology of new writing I had the honour of editing in 2006.  The two WEEKS OFF to get a batch of writing done will then fall in: May 31 and June 7. In my experience, having some time out allows you to absorb what you’re learning and to really make the most of the course.
We will regroup on Saturday 14th June and run as follows: JUNE 14, 21,28, July 5, 12, 19. We will close for the following two weeks  We will have two further sessions on dates in August that best suit the majority of you.
The fee for this 9 session course, with the extra long first meeting and anthology and the two gaps in the timeframe for own-time writing will be €210.
To book, email or phone me, Yvonne Cullen,  on 086 1701418
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New classes make me think of this Villa Lobos tune, The Little Train!

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Writing Trains are getting ready to leave the station, AKA classes start again SOON! Woo hoo!


Writing Train With Yvonne Cullen: SUMMER 2014 COURSE DATES AND SPECIAL OFFERS!


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I will be offering classes and workshops in 3 waves across the summer. First out of the Train station this summer are: 
SANDYCOVE, SOUTH DUBLIN: Thursday night Advanced Writing workshop, the legendary WRITING TRAIN, now 10 years on the track, departs again on May 15th for a Glasthule, Co. Dublin summer season.(12 meetings across the summer, with 5 definite weeks off alerted upfront (1 x June, 1 x July and 3 x August) so you can plan holidays. ADDED BONUS: Pay €335 for 12 sessions, access to 14. Meet times 7- 9.45 p.m/ 10.p.m when the spirit moves us. Tea, coffee and summer evening briquette fires, plus option to work out in my garden, weather allowing. A very moderate BYOB and sharing snacks culture will also be in evidence. And we’ll work wonders on your work and we’ll all have a great time!
CITY CENTRE CLASSES:Tuesday night WRITING TRAIN, the same developing/ advancing writers’ workshop, in the lovely, central Dublin city setting of the Westin Hotel, Westmoreland Street. Starts Tues. 20th May, 6.45 p.m.-9.30 with time for a social and creative wind-down with a glass or a cuppa’ in hand after at least some of the sessions. Same offer as Thursday night: pay for 12 meetings at €340 and access 14, with 5 definite ‘gap weeks’ across the summer for holiday plans. 
Saturday morning Developing Writers’ class, think-tank and workshop all-in-one starts on May 25th: 10 meetings across the summer, pay for 9 at €225 with 5 definite weeks out to facilitate summer plans. Lovely handy city venue at the  National Library cafe.10.15-.12.45 and we usually stay for the tasty lunch there. Saturday afternoon START TO WRITE 2.30 – 4.30 also city centre cultural cafe venue. SHORT ATTENDANCE AT THESE COURSES ALSO POSSIBLE to fit with summer plans. Contact: /  0861701418
INISHBOFIN JAUNT island writing holiday weekends and retreats will take place from July 24th and on first 2 weekends in September. 6-day events with 2-days built in for writing retreat/exploring Bofin with local guides and relaxing in this Connemara paradise!
Feedback on recent Jaunts includes:  “You wove a web of magic around us all!” T. Byrne, July Jaunt 2012.“ If you are thinking of going, just go! Just go!” D. Gilbert, May Jaunt 2012.
Details from, 086 1701418. Jaunt Bookings open 12 MAY. 
Next wave of new classes will start from 26 May onwards, details soon. These will include: Monday and Friday night START TO WRITE in Glasthule, WEDS a.m. advanced workshop same setting.Third wave of classes will be starting from 13 June.


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