The Inishbofin Jaunt

CREATIVE WRITING HOLIDAYS

On Inishbofin Island, Connemara

 

with WRITING TRAIN and Yvonne Cullen        Now in its sixth year!

“If you are thinking of going, just go! Just go!” “You wove a web of magic around us!” Feedback on 2012 JAUNTS.

“DUBLIN’s BEST WRITING TEACHER” – DUBLINER MAGAZINE. “Her aim… a happier and healthier relationship with your creativity” – Abie Philbin Bowman.

“Our tutor, the legendary Yvonne Cullen, was a wonder” – Helena Nolan, THE STINGING FLY MAGAZINE.

CONTACT ME ON: writingtrain@gmail.com / 086 1701418, visit www.yvonnecullen.wordpress.com LIKE Yvonne Cullen’s Writing Train on facebook to receive writing tips and updates from Writing Train.

 

Sept. 6-9, Developing Writers course with two day additional writing retreat after course ends (dates: Sept 10-11) at no extra accommodation fee for first 8 to book*

All in course fee: €480

SEPT. 13 – 16, Start to write with additional ‘ease in’ day, Sept 12th at no extra accommodation cost, for first 8 to book.* All in course fee: €455.

FOR FIRST EIGHT TO BOOK:  ALL IN FEE COVERS:*Accommodation for 6 nights  (DEVELOPING WRITER) or 5 nights, (START TO WRITE) on single occupancy basis in largely double rooms in shared island houses, (first four rooms booked are also en-suite).*tailored tuition (13-15 hrs, group-size-depending)  *1 hr at least of one-to-one time with tutor *4 days’ self-catered breakfast supplied and home-cooked lunch, one home-cooked dinner *Social nights and Group public reading night, alongside other impromptu group readings, plus all sorts of further spontaneous fun, walks, swims, cycles, trips, pub nights, star-gazing, corncrake listening, singin’ sessions  and whatever you’re having yourself, in the company of your Bofin-veteran teacher, Yvonne Cullen and her able assistants on the trip!

FOR FURTHER 4 participants: all as above, with guaranteed 4 nights accommodation and a promise from your facilitator to do all I can to achieve you the same bonus nights’ deal for as little further outlay as possible. Book as early as you can, to help me out!

SPECIAL OFFERS:

3 places  at tuition, lunch & ents’ only rate (no accommodation) subject to availability, €320 each.

ROOM SHARE:

Some room share options may also be available subject to demand.

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Please excuse appearance of these shortlinks to ACCOMMODATION and GENERAL INFO PAGE on BOFIN JAUNTS this year. Technically challenged!

YC

People Inishbofin JT 2012

 

INISHBOFIN JT 2013 INFO PAGE

INISHBOFIN J 2013 ACCOMMODATION

 

CONTACT ME ON: writingtrain@gmail.com / 086 1701418, visit www.yvonnecullen.wordpress.com LIKE Yvonne Cullen’s Writing Train on facebook to receive writing tips and updates from Writing Train.

 

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White smoke! New dates for summer classes on the Train!

SUMMER at Cafe Joly, NLI. Kildare St.

NEW COURSE DATES!

Sat. 10.45- 1 P.M. DEVELOPING WRITER course, 8 weeks, €200, starts June 29th.

Sat. 2-4 P.M. START TO WRITE,7 wks, €175 starts July 6th

THURS 2-4 P.M. “From History to Story:”  ‘writing from research’ course, 7 wks, €175, starts July 11th.

 

CLASSES IN SANDYCOVE, SOUTH DUBLIN:

Thurs. night Advanced Writing workshop starts July 11th.(5 meets, €140), Fri. night Writers’ Workshop, all levels, July 5th, (5 meets, €140), Weds p.m START TO WRITE, 5 meets, 24 July.  These classes take place in the living room of my book-filled house, 4 mins from Sandycove Dart Station.

writingtrain@gmail.com /  0861701418

INISHBOFIN JAUNT island writing holiday weekends and retreats, booking now open for Jaunts in September!

Feedback on recent Jaunts includes: “Thank you for facilitating and guiding this wonderful weekend!” S. Loughman, July Jaunt 2012. “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 writingtrain@gmail.com, www.yvonnecullenwordpress.net and 086 1701418.

 

I’ll drop a line later re BOFIN JAUNTS, late summer WRITING TRAIN readings and September timetable. And by summer’s end, I’ll blog a full report of finishing my book, “A WINTER QUARTERS!”

If there are courses you wish I was running, drop me a line and I’ll see what I can organise! Recently, I’ve been especially enjoying doing intensive writing burst sessions with second level students (1.5 hrs), to raise skills for short story writing, and primary level after school workshops ( sets of 8 -10 weeks), liaising directly with parents’ associations. Mentoring and reading of novels and poetry collections in-progress has also been a joy. So get in touch if any of these things sound like what you need!

Looking forward to hearing from some of you!

Yvonne

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Trump Cards…writing tricks to try when you’re stuck or ‘blocked.’

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STUCK?

(1) Lower your standards and keep right on going
(William Stafford &
Charles Bukowski must share credit for that idea!)
(2)
Peel a layer of skin off the onion: challenge yourself to go a layer further in, in truthfulness, by going a step in recklessness. (In other words drop your guard/ disable your censor and keep on going).

(3)
Make it more physical.
Cut it up, spread it out and move it around. Woody Allen and myself both seem to favour this! Joyce was a huge cut ‘n paste man as well, an “engineer” with his writing, he said. And on Brain pickings somewhere you’ll find 20 top writers’ tips including one from…was it Flaubert?… who says he is “more a scissors than a paste man.” I think we lost a lot when we created computer cut and paste!
(4)
“Go back through and hunt for the lies that are obvious”…(Michael Ondaatje) By this I think Ondaatje means the places where you are trying to get away with things, trying to pawn the reader off, trying to have an easy life rather than being rigorous and true. If it sits uncomfortably with you in the small hours as you walk to the bathroom– and that’s when it will sit uncomfortably with you – the reader isn’t going to thank you for it or enjoy it.
(5) Make it physically easier. Get a cuppa, sit where you long to sit rather than at a table. Take the work to bed or start it there. Didn’t Michael Holroyd write all his biographies in bed because, in his estimation, it was the only place his laziness could stand to spend so long at work?

(6)Head towards fun.
Keep your inner creative compass working freely. Keep the needle pointed towards fun, excitement, and discovery. (Credit here to Ray Bradbury and me!) If it’s not fun for you, it won’t be for the reader. Clearly.

I want first drafts to feel like a dive into a pool. I want to be weightless, for them.

So (7) there’s another one: write yourself a description of how you feel when it’s going well. Be alert to the moments when you lose that feeling. I believe you are following paths synaptic and sensory when you write, physical as well as intellectual. You know when you have wandered off the path. You know it in your body.

(8)Still stuck? Create a shape- challenge or structure- challenge; create a word-count challenge to give you a reason to get something done in THIS writing session. Keep to twenty-minute bursts. Or write when you know you have to leave the house/ your desk shortly.

(9) Still stuck? Let your standards hit the floor now. Rave, draw pictures, (Fellini created his LA STRADA clown, Gelsomina, that way!). Talk to yourself on paper (Elizabeth George and me). Or out loud as the kettle boils for yet another cup of tea   (me!) We are miners. Prospectors for gold…Until we hit a seam, and then we are as Czeslow Milosz says “the secretary of an invisible thing.”
(10) The invisible thing will only come dictate to us when it knows we’re listening, when it sees we’re at our post/ desk/cafe/armchair/floor/writer’s bed…(Picasso, Elizabeth Gilbert, me).

(11) Check in specifically to write badly, to write unbelievably badly. Do it. Write your “worst fear” version of your writing style. Let your flaws run riot. Writing has to be your sandpit, your playpen, where you are let throw things around.
(12) Even in this atrocity of a piece, there is probably a lot of good. Find it and work from it.
(13) Let feeling be your engine. Let words get drawn to them.
(14) Write to yourself about what stumps or scares you. Journal and noodle your way in. You’ll find yourself writing sentences for your piece without planning to.

(15) Let the words out to fit the rhythm of the message. Urgent, staccato, stuck…
(16) Stop and read like a writer. Pick up your favourite books. Read, but just until you are excited about words. This excitement contains your own creative excitement as well. Throw the book over your shoulder and pick up your pen!
(16) How would a seven-year-old write it?
(17) How insultingly plain could it get.
(18)Write what you mean- what you MEAN, I mean – on a separate scrap of paper. Move it down alongside your masterpiece. Find a place it fits.

Creating well requires us to be tuned in to how the world is feeling to us, as its transmitters, yes, but equally as creative machines. Listening to what’s working on us creatively and to where we want to be while we crack open a draft are equally important.

STUCK or STALLED at a more global level:
Make it
more comfortable on a routine level for yourself to be writing. Lower your physical/ psychological
expectations of yourself and keep right on going. How? Move from desk to armchair, from armchair to floor, from floor to bed. From home to cafe. To train. Keep going till you can produce the goods. Move from computer to pen and paper, from cut and paste to pen, paper, scissors and glue as mentioned above.
Ask for a smaller time commitment. Ask for fewer words. Then try asking for more, faster.

Promise to show someone something by date X.
Hang a tea towel over the computer screen so YOU can’t see what you’re doing till a certain point.
Buy THE MOTH and THE STINGING FLY. THE POETRY BUS and BARE HANDS. Buy the Indo once a month for new writing. Go to readings. Start showing yourself what you could do with your writing and where you could fit into your local scene.

And when you find projects you love, nourish them every way you can. Give them time, books, other kinds of learning. Give them trips. Promise them outings in print; find places to read pieces of them for audiences while they are works-in-progress. Never talk about them, though. Let them speak for themselves.

Let your pieces thicken up slowly via all the scraps of ideas you have for them. Honour all those scraps. Be prepared to write with them, be prepared that they may be all the first draft material you’ll ever have. Try to never lose a single scrap, a single possibly interesting creative thought.

Learn to know your project as you know people. What suits it? What language will communicate with it? Who needs to read it? Are you writing to them? If not, why not?

Lose the television. Lose the expectation that you’ll be out two or three nights a week. Learn to write in every short burst you get. If you don’t use those, think of all the waste to which they add up.

Write to yourself about your project before you get going on it each day. What are you afraid of? How badly do you fear you may write, this day? Work things out before you start today’s patch of work.

And believe that some day you’ll be looking back on work—a mountain range of work—and you’ll hardly believe how you have got  across it to here. Already now, though, the next two or three impossible projects will be bubbling up in your head!

 

 

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New term of my writing classes starts late January/ early February  2013 in venues around Dublin. 086 1701418 for more information.

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New term at Writing Train: dates & details, late Jan/early Feb starts!

 

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NEWSFLASH RE: JANUARY TERM ON THE WRITING TRAIN!

 

Dear email list members and blog readers,

 

Here is an updated list of dates and details for NEW JANUARY TERM at Writing Train. I hope to be back working with you all soon, and bringing with me a bit more wisdom after delivering my own 70,000 word or so manuscript to its editor. It’s only seven years after I first contemplated the idea of writing it!

 

To make sure that I have my desk and head clear before new term starts, I am setting back a few start dates. Please check this listing below if you’re interested in classes as start dates are now closer to the end of January in most cases, with a couple of sessions now beginning in first week in Feb. I hope that will work out alright for you.

 

For longer terms, chiefly the Wednesday morning ADVANCED WORKSHOP and THURSDAY NIGHT Advanced workshop, it will mean your course will see you right through to the summer! And if you’re writing poetry and fortnightly sessions appeal to you, take a look at the Glasthule Developing Poet fortnightly meets. If Glasthule appeals to you as a workshop venue (my house, with the fire lit and a river of tea!), check out the ‘join up point’ for Friday night sessions at my house: Friday 18th January, for 5 meetings, is the current option I’m offering there.

 

TRAIN TIMETABLE

 

MONDAY DAYTIMES:

 

FROM HISTORY TO STORY: researched Creative Writing course.

MONDAY afternoons, NATIONAL LIBRARY, from Jan 21st. 10 weeks.

 

If a daytime session looking at how history and research

become story is your bag, MONDAY JAN 21st 2.00 – 4.30 in

NLI cafe Joly sees a 10-week term of my FROM HISTORY TO

STORY course (2 hr meets). Learning from my experience writing researched non-fiction (learning as much from all I did wrong as anything else, I add!) and using the library’s fine resources, I hope to help you get a non-fiction or fiction researched project on the road in this course. This course has run with me twice very successfully at the IWC. Fee 260.

 

MONDAY NIGHTS:

 

MONDAY NIGHT START TO WRITE kicks off a new 10-week term on MONDAY 28th JANUARY. Venue is the lovely UNITED ARTS CLUB,  Fitzwillliam Street, from 6.45 – 9 pm each week and the fee is 265.

 

TUESDAY NIGHTS:

Details: On 6 FEB: TUESDAY NIGHT DEVELOPING

WRITER starts a new term of 10 x 2.25 hour sessions. “I’d

forgotten how to write, and now I’ve remembered again!” said one participant in the last term of this course! 10 weeks of these

challenging and supportive, fun sessions with me at the lovely Arts Club, Dublin 2. Fee: 280.

 

WEDNESDAYS, DAYTIME: Developing Writers’ workshop.

STARTS FEB 6th

Details: Weds a.m. Writing Train Developing Writers’

workshop starts a new 14 week term on FEB 6th, 350

for 14 x 2.5 hour meets in this long-established workshop also at

UNITED ARTS CLUB.

THURSDAYS, Night: Advanced Writers’ workshop:

STARTS JAN. 31st. Details: 15 x 2.5-2.75 hour sessions for 375 in Dublin City Centre. In each of these meetings you’ll be joining forces with some of the finest new writers in the country.

 

FRIDAYS: nights: GLASTHULE FRIDAYS:

Developing Writers’ workshop in my home and writing workplace. Ongoing, spaces becoming available from time to time. JANUARY JOIN UP POINT: Join from January 18, with meetings on that date plus 25 JAN,  1 Feb., 8 Feb., 15 Feb., for fee of 150. NEW TERM OF FORTNIGHTLY FRIDAYS WILL START IN MARCH 2013.

SATURDAYS: MORNINGS,

 

START TO WRITE,

STARTING JAN. 26th, NATIONAL LIBRARY CAFE, 10-week START TO WRITE course

runs there from SAT. Jan. 26th. 10-30 – 12.45 each week,

245.

 

SATURDAYS, AFTERNOONS:

WRITING WORKSHOP, NLI.

STARTING JANUARY 26th

New 10 – week term of this afternoon course in the lovely atmospheric surroundings of the library café. From 2 – 4.15 p.m. 245.

 

 

SUNDAYS: nights:

STARTING DECEMBER 2nd

DEVELOPING POET fortnightly Sunday nights

11 x 2.75 hour fortnightly meetings at my home in Glasthule ( 3 minutes from Sandycove Dart station) over 22 weeks, for a fee of 325.

 

ONE-DAY Events: a number of One Day START TO WRITE

Sundays will take place at my home in Glasthule from mid-Spring 2013. More info will follow on these.

Hope to hear from some of you, or from some of your friends about some of these courses! And hope to be back lavishing more time on what the newsletters look like, after the manuscript has gone in!!

 

YC

 

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No classes from now till Christmas! The Train is Writing!

Hi all,

Just in case you wander by and are curious about current classes, I’m taking a break till New Year. Full January schedule is viewable above in the menu bar. Classes may be booked via email. And I hope to put up a special offer by 21st Dec.,  regarding booking by December 31st.

Happy year-end break, everyone!

Yvonne

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Writing Trains picking up passengers in next couple of weeks include:

My workshops are called Writing Train for a reason.  Over the years, I’ve developed a flexible approach including absolutely tailored classes and classes that each provide distinct units of learning. If you need to start a few weeks late and take a few sessions at the start of next term, or mix and match between the classes on offer each week that’s not a problem either. Sometimes moving from group to group will be the best thing you could do for your writing. And if I sense that, I’ll say it to you!

Right now, I have some trains in motion that would perfectly suit late hoppers-on! So if you’re interested but just weren’t able to hit my most recent start dates, here’s the information.

The “History to Story “researched writing” course in NLI’s Cafe Joly is welcoming joiners this Thurs. 2 pm. Join now for 4 sessions of inspiration, learning and fun with tutor Yvonne Cullen. Fee: €115.

Saturday afternoon START TO WRITE in Cafe Joly NLI is accepting joiners this Sat p.m. Four meetings full of kickstarts, craft, ‘reading as writers,’ motivation and fun €115.

Friday night Writing Train at Home workshop in Glasthule: Join a group of prose writers ( fiction and non-fiction) including one or two with little interest in exploring poetry. Advanced prose workshop with discussion and craft tips plus support for members wishing to try out forms new to them. 3 spaces in this 8-person workshop which takes place by the open fire in my living room in Glasthule. Four Friday nights before Christmas and five after.  Sessions from 2.5 to 3 hours depending on what we need to do each week. And tea on tap all evening! Fee: €250.

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Latest dates and booking form for winter courses at Writing Train

Writing Trains warming up for their winter terms, with myself, (that’s Yvonne C!) in the driver’s cab,  include:

FIVE- WEEK COURSES:

FROM HISTORY TO STORY: starts Thursday November 8th, 2 – 4 pm at the National Library’s Cafe Joly.

DETAILS: If you would like support in developing a researched creative writing project, this short course is for you! A capsule version of a course I devised and ran three times at the IRISH WRITERS’ CENTRE in 2008 – 2009, History to Story will give you a framework for setting creative and practical goals, help you focus your research and use it in creative writing on an ongoing basis as this research goes on, challenge you with carefully selected reading, exercises, discussion and interrogation of your project’s current  strong points, weak points, pitfalls and potential. If you can imagine a researched project that excites and daunts you, it is your talent that is doing this imagining. This short course will give you tools to support your talent in pushing your project up a level towards fulfilling its potential.

Thursday afternoons, 2 – 4 p.m., CAFE JOLY at the NATIONAL LIBRARY, Kildare Street, Dublin. Small group will allow a good amount of time for individual attention. Fee: €140. A follow-on course will be available in spring 2013. Course content will also touch on the resources of the NLI and will to an extent also draw on my experience of 18th century manuscript research plus ground-breaking 20th century newspaper research on Ireland’s Travelling Shows.

SIX-WEEK COURSES:

A SIX-WEEK Saturday Writing Workshop, at Cafe Joly, National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin, starting Sat.NOV 3rd. 2- 4.00 p.m. €160.

A SIX WEEK DEVELOPING WRITERS’ CLASS & WORKSHOP, to get you going on a specific project, or get you started writing in a specific form, will start on NOV 6th. at the UNITED ARTS CLUB. DUBLIN 2. Fee: €160.

SIX WEEK THURSDAY NIGHT ADVANCED WRITERS’ WORKSHOP  - a short set for the long-running THURSDAY NIGHT WRITING TRAIN – will start on November 1st. just to bring us nicely up to Christmas. This set of sessions should get you ready to work more effectively on your projects and writing goals through 2013.  This workshop has produced novelists, memoir writers, published and award-winning poets and short story writers since its inception in 2004. Spaces rarely come up here, and a number of participants will be returning to do this short season, but this set of 6 meetings is also open to ‘all comers’ who are ready for an advanced workshop environment.  An ideal opportunity to check this workshop out at a small portion of a full term’s fee. €165.

EIGHT -WEEK COURSES RUNNING INTO JANUARY:

EGHT WEEK “Monday Night Start to Write,” course,  United Arts Club, Fitzwilliam Street, D.2. STARTS MONDAY 5 NOV. 8 x 2.25 hour meets for fee of €215. Sessions running 6.45 – 9 pm. Includes 2 final sessions on 7 & 14 January. The last term of START TO WRITE saw participant Paul Ennis read at our National Library Culture Night event, for an audience of 150, so I look forward to seeing what we’ll manage in term two!

HOP THE TRAIN: 5-session spots in START TO WRITE SATURDAYS

If, with winter drawing in, you wish you had signed up for a Saturday morning START TO WRITE course, I can still take ‘joiners’ in the National Library Café classes. Five sessions from Sat. 10 November for €130.

South County Dublin courses, pre-xmas:

 

FRIDAY NIGHTS IN GLASTHULE: PROSE WORKSHOP starting 9 Nov. 10 sessions for developing writers who want support with specific projects or with work in specific forms. 5 meetings each side of Christmas in my cosy book-filled house in Glasthule. This session will be as focused as any I run elsewhere, but it will definitely also be the most comfortable and cosy class of the week!  STARTS Friday 9 November: runs November 9, 16, 23, 30, DEC 7,  and January: 11th 18th, 25th, Feb 8th.  15th. Fee: €270

NEW YEAR COURSES: BOOKING NOW!

Outlined day by day below:

MONDAYS:

Daytime: History to Story: writing with research.

Details:

If a daytime session looking at how history and research become story is your bag, MONDAY JAN 21st 2.00 – 4.30 in NLI cafe Joly sees a 10 week term of my FROM HISTORY TO STORY course ( 2 hr meets). Learning from my experience writing researched non-fiction ( learning as much from all I did wrong as anything else, I add!) and using the library’s fine resources, I hope to help you get a non-fiction or fiction researched project on the road in this course. This course has run with me twice very successfully at the IWC. Fee €260.

 

Monday Nights

 

Monday Night ‘Start To Write’

MONDAY NIGHT START TO WRITE kicks off a new 10-week term on MONDAY 28th JANUARY. Venue is the lovely UNITED ARTS CLUB, from 6.45 – 9 pm each week and the fee is €265.

TUESDAYS, nights, DEVELOPING WRITER: class/ workshop blend:

details:

22 JAN: TUESDAY NIGHT DEVELOPING WRITER starts a new term of 10 x 2.25 hour sessions. “I’d forgotten how to write, and now I’ve remembered again!” said one participant in the last term of this course! 10 weeks of these challenging and supportive, fun sessions with me at the lovely Arts Club, fee: €280.

WEDNESDAYS, DAYTIME: Developing Writers’ workshop.

Details:

Weds a.m. Writing Train Developing Writers’ workshop starts a new 14 week term on JANUARY 16th, €350 for 14 x 2.5 hour meets in this long-established workshop also at UNITED ARTS CLUB.

THURSDAYS, Night: Advanced Writers’ workshop:

Details:

Thursday Night Advanced workshop starts JAN 17th, 15 x 2.5-2.75 hour sessions for €375 in Dublin City Centre. In each of these meetings you’ll be joining forces with some of the finest new writers in the country.

FRIDAYS: nights: GLASTHULE FRIDAYS: Developing Writers’ workshop in my home and writing workplace.

Details:

Join from January 13, with meetings on that date plus 20, 27 JAN, Feb 10th.  17, for fee of €150. NEW TERM OF FORTNIGHTLY FRIDAYS WILL START IN MARCH 2013.

SATURDAYS: MORNINGS, START TO WRITE,

NATIONAL LIBRARY CAFE, 10-week START TO WRITE course runs there from SAT. Jan. 26th. 10-30 – 12.45 each week, €245.

Saturdays: afternoons: WRITING WORKSHOP, NLI.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRITING WORKSHOP at the NATIONAL LIBRARY CAFE JOLY starts a new 10 – week term on January 26th, from 2 – 4.15 p.m. €245.

SUNDAYS: nights:

GLASTHULE DEVELOPING POET fortnightly Sunday nights will start on the first weekend of DECEMBER ( December 2nd) with 12 x 2.75 hour fortnightly meets over 24 weeks,  for a fee of €350.

WRITING HOLIDAYS, Inishbofin Jaunts etc: PRE-XMAS:

Out of town, the Inishbofin Jaunt trips continue with a DECEMBER JAUNT 14 – 17 of that month. Tuition fee €270 and accommodation cost of €180 including home made lunches, covering you for 4 nights in utterly beautiful beach-front island houses. Logistics-wise, I advise that you travel down Thurs Dec 13, leave Sunday evening if you need to, if you have your own transport from Cleggan, leave the island on Monday 17th if relying on public transport from Cleggan, Connemara, onwards.

2013 JAUNTS: EASTER ON INIS MOR is now in the pipeline! Further Bofin Jaunts will also take place next year.

ONE-DAY Events: a number of One Day START TO WRITE Sundays will take place at my home in Glasthule from mid-Spring 2013. More info will follow.

Hope to hear from some of you, or from some of your friends about some of these!
YC
WRITING TRAIN

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Yvonne Cullen’s Writing Train:

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Looking forward to working with you at WRITING TRAIN!

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& INISHBOFIN JAUNT WRITING HOLIDAYS

See news, timetables, offers and blog on www.yvonnecullen.wordpress.com, Yvonne Cullen’s Writing Train/ Facebook and @YvonneCWritingT on twitter. Phone 086-1701418 and 01- 2806431.

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LATEST WINTER 2012 – SPRING 2013 COURSE DATES FROM WRITING TRAIN

Writing Trains warming up for their winter terms, with myself, (that’s Yvonne C!) in the driver’s cab,  include:

SIX WEEK COURSES:

A SIX-WEEK Saturday Writing Workshop, at Cafe Joly, National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin, starting Sat.NOV 3rd. 2- 4.00 p.m. €160.

A SIX WEEK DEVELOPING WRITERS’ CLASS & WORKSHOP, to get you going on a specific project, or get you started writing in a specific form, will start on NOV 6th. at the UNITED ARTS CLUB. DUBLIN 2. Fee: €160.

SIX WEEK THURSDAY NIGHT ADVANCED WRITERS’ WORKSHOP  - a short set for the long-running THURSDAY NIGHT WRITING TRAIN – will start on November 1st. just to bring us nicely up to Christmas. This set of sessions should get you ready to work more effectively on your projects and writing goals through 2013.  This workshop has produced novelists, memoir writers, published and award-winning poets and short story writers since its inception in 2004. Spaces rarely come up here, and a number of participants will be returning to do this short season, but this set of 6 meetings is also open to ‘all comers’ who are ready for an advanced workshop environment.  An ideal opportunity to check this workshop out at a small portion of a full term’s fee. €165.

EIGHT WEEK COURSES RUNNING INTO JANUARY:

EGHT WEEK “Monday Night Start to Write,” course,  United Arts Club, Fitzwilliam Street, D.2. STARTS MONDAY 5 NOV. 8 x 2.25 hour meets for fee of €265. Sessions running 6.45 – 9 pm. Includes 2 final sessions on 7 & 14 January. The last term of START TO WRITE saw participant Paul Ennis read at our National Library Culture Night event, for an audience of 150, so I look forward to seeing what we’ll manage in term two!

HOP THE TRAIN: 7-session spots in START TO WRITE SATURDAYS

If, with winter drawing in, you wish you had signed up for a Saturday morning START TO WRITE course, I can still take ‘joiners’ in the National Library Cafe this Saturday, October 20th! 7 sessions from this date for €175. Six sessions from Sat. 3 November for €155.

SOUTH COUNTY DUBLIN CLASSES PRE-XMAS:

FRIDAY NIGHTS IN GLASTHULE starting 9 Nov.: 10 sessions for developing writers who want support with specific projects or with work in specific forms. 5 meetings each side of Christmas in my cosy book-filled house in Glasthule. This session will be as focused as any I run elsewhere, but it will definitely also be the most comfortable and cosy class of the week!  STARTS Friday 9 November: runs November 9, 16, 23, 30, DEC 7,  and January: 13th 20th, 27th, Feb 10th.  17th. Fee: €270

NEW YEAR COURSES: BOOKING NOW!

Outlined day by day below:

MONDAYS: Daytime: History to Story writing with research; Monday Nights, START TO WRITE.

Details:

If a daytime session looking at how history and research become story is your bag, MONDAY JAN 21st 2.00 – 4.30 in NLI cafe Joly sees a 10 week term of my FROM HISTORY TO STORY course ( 2 hr meets). Learning from my experience writing researched non-fiction ( learning as much from all I did wrong as anything else, I add!) and using the library’s fine resources, I hope to help you get a non-fiction or fiction researched project on the road in this course. This course has run with me twice very successfully at the IWC. Fee €260.

MONDAYS, nights:

MONDAY NIGHT START TO WRITE kicks off a new 10-week term on MONDAY 28th JANUARY. Venue is the lovely UNITED ARTS CLUB, from 6.45 – 9 pm each week and the fee is €265.

 TUESDAYS, nights, DEVELOPING WRITER: class/ workshop blend:

details:

22 JAN: TUESDAY NIGHT DEVELOPING WRITER starts a new term of 12 x 2.25 hour sessions on TUES. JANUARY 22nd. “I’d forgotten how to write, and now I’ve remembered again!” said one participant in the last term of this course! 12 weeks of these challenging and supportive, fun sessions with me at the lovely Arts Club, fee: €315.

 WEDNESDAYS, DAYTIME: Developing Writers’ workshop.

Details:

16 Jan: Weds a.m. Writing Train Developing Writers’ workshop starts a new 14 week term on JANUARY 16th, €350 for 14 x 2.5 hour meets in this long-established workshop also at UNITED ARTS CLUB.

 THURSDAYS, Night: Advanced Writers’ workshop:

Details:

Thursday Night Advanced workshop starts JAN 17th, 15 x 2.5-2.75 hour sessions for €375 at CITY ARTS, D. 1. In each of these, you’ll be joining forces with some of the finest new writers in the country.

FRIDAYS: nights: GLASTHULE FRIDAYS: Developing Writers’ workshop in my home and writing workplace.

Details:

Join from January 13, with meetings on that date plus 20, 27 JAN, Feb 10th.  17, for fee of €150. NEW TERM OF FORTNIGHTLY FRIDAYS WILL START IN MARCH 2013.

SATURDAYS: MORNINGS, START TO WRITE, PMS, WRITING WORKSHOP:

details:

NATIONAL LIBRARY CAFE, 10-week START TO WRITE course runs there from SAT. Jan. 26th. 10-30 – 12.45 each week, €245.

SATURDAYS: AFTERNOONS:

SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRITING WORKSHOP at the NATIONAL LIBRARY CAFE JOLY starts a new 10 – week term on January 26th, from 2 – 4.15 p.m. €245.

SUNDAYS: nights:

GLASTHULE DEVELOPING POET fortnightly Sunday nights will start on the first weekend of DECEMBER with 12 x 2.75 hour fortnightly meets over 24 weeks,  for a fee of €350.

WRITING HOLIDAYS, Inishbofin Jaunts etc: PRE-XMAS:

Out of town, the Inishbofin Jaunt trips continue with a DECEMBER JAUNT 14 – 17 of that month. Tuition fee €270 and accommodation cost of €180 including home made lunches, covering you for 4 nights in utterly beautiful beach-front island houses. Logistics-wise, I advise that you travel down Thurs Dec 13, leave Sunday evening if you need to, if you have your own transport from Cleggan, leave the island on Monday 17th if relying on public transport from Cleggan, Connemara, onwards.

2013 JAUNTS: EASTER ON INIS MOR is now in the pipeline! Further Bofin Jaunts will also take place next year.

ONE-DAY Events: a number of One Day START TO WRITE Sundays will take place at my home in Glasthule from mid-Spring 2013. More info will follow.

Hope to hear from some of you, or from some of your friends about some of these!
YC
WRITING TRAIN

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Monday Night ‘START TO WRITE’ now hitting the tracks, with a special offer!

WRITING TRAIN’s MONDAY NIGHT “START TO WRITE” course begins this coming Monday, October 15th, in the atmospheric and grand old UNITED ARTS CLUB, Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin. We’ve had fantastic results with the latest Start To Write course there: participants read on Culture Night in the National Library after just a few weeks of our last START TO WRITE class; they also got projects going that they really love, via our weekly meetings.

I can offer 12 sessions of START TO WRITE for the fee of 10 (€265) to anyone ready to start this Monday; 11 sessions for this usual 10-session fee if if you start on Monday October 21st. A final ‘jumping-on point” , at 10 sessions for your fee, is Monday November 4th. Phone 086 1701418 if interested!

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The gang will all be there: new term at Writing Train!

Writing Trains warming up for their winter terms, with myself, (that’s Yvonne C!) in the driver’s cab in each case,  include: 

SIX WEEK COURSES:

A SIX-WEEK Saturday Writing Workshop, at Cafe Joly, National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin, starting Sat.NOV 3rd. 2- 4.00 p.m. €160.

A SIX WEEK DEVELOPING WRITERS’ CLASS & WORKSHOP, to get you going on a specific project, or get you started writing in a specific form, will start on NOV 6th. at the UNITED ARTS CLUB. DUBLIN 2. Fee: €160.

SIX WEEK THURSDAY NIGHT ADVANCED WRITERS’ WORKSHOP  - a short set for the long-running THURSDAY NIGHT WRITING TRAIN – will start on November 1st. just to bring us nicely up to Christmas. This set of sessions should get you ready to work more effectively on your projects and writing goals through 2013.  This workshop has produced novelists, memoir writers, published and award-winning poets and short story writers since its inception in 2004. Spaces rarely come up here, and a number of participants will be returning to do this short season, but this set of 6 meetings is also open to ‘all comers’ who are ready for an advanced workshop environment.  An ideal opportunity to check this workshop out at a small portion of a full term’s fee. €165.

EIGHT WEEK COURSES RUNNING INTO JANUARY:

EGHT WEEK “Monday Night Start to Write,” course,  United Arts Club, Fitzwilliam Street, D.2. STARTS MONDAY 5 NOV. 8 x 2.25 hour meets for fee of €265. Sessions running 6.45 – 9 pm. Includes 2 final sessions on 7 & 14 January. The last term of START TO WRITE saw participant Paul Ennis read at our National Library Culture Night event, for an audience of 150, so I look forward to seeing what we’ll manage in term two!

HOP THE TRAIN: 7-session spots in START TO WRITE SATURDAYS

If, with winter drawing in, you wish you had signed up for a Saturday morning START TO WRITE course, I can still take ‘joiners’ in the National Library Cafe this Saturday, October 20th! 7 sessions from this date for €175. Six sessions from Sat. 3 November for €155.

SOUTH COUNTY DUBLIN CLASSES PRE-XMAS:

FRIDAY NIGHTS IN GLASTHULE starting 9 Nov.: 10 sessions for developing writers who want support with specific projects or with work in specific forms. 5 meetings each side of Christmas in my cosy book-filled house in Glasthule. This session will be as focused as any I run elsewhere, but it will definitely also be the most comfortable and cosy class of the week!  STARTS Friday 9 November: runs November 9, 16, 23, 30, DEC 7,  and January: 13th 20th, 27th, Feb 10th.  17th. Fee: €270

NEW YEAR COURSES: BOOKING NOW!

Outlined day by day below:

MONDAYS: Daytime: History to Story writing with research; Monday Nights, START TO WRITE.

Details:

If a daytime session looking at how history and research become story is your bag, MONDAY JAN 21st 2.00 – 4.30 in NLI cafe Joly sees a 10 week term of my FROM HISTORY TO STORY course ( 2 hr meets). Learning from my experience writing researched non-fiction ( learning as much from all I did wrong as anything else, I add!) and using the library’s fine resources, I hope to help you get a non-fiction or fiction researched project on the road in this course. This course has run with me twice very successfully at the IWC. Fee €260.

MONDAYS, nights:

MONDAY NIGHT START TO WRITE kicks off a new 10-week term on MONDAY 28th JANUARY. Venue is the lovely UNITED ARTS CLUB, from 6.45 – 9 pm each week and the fee is €265.

 TUESDAYS, nights, DEVELOPING WRITER: class/ workshop blend:

details:

22 JAN: TUESDAY NIGHT DEVELOPING WRITER starts a new term of 12 x 2.25 hour sessions on TUES. JANUARY 22nd. “I’d forgotten how to write, and now I’ve remembered again!” said one participant in the last term of this course! 12 weeks of these challenging and supportive, fun sessions with me at the lovely Arts Club, fee: €315.

 WEDNESDAYS, DAYTIME: Developing Writers’ workshop.

Details:

16 Jan: Weds a.m. Writing Train Developing Writers’ workshop starts a new 14 week term on JANUARY 16th, €350 for 14 x 2.5 hour meets in this long-established workshop also at UNITED ARTS CLUB.

 THURSDAYS, Night: Advanced Writers’ workshop:

Details:

Thursday Night Advanced workshop starts JAN 17th, 15 x 2.5-2.75 hour sessions for €375 at CITY ARTS, D. 1. In each of these, you’ll be joining forces with some of the finest new writers in the country.

FRIDAYS: nights: GLASTHULE FRIDAYS: Developing Writers’ workshop in my home and writing workplace.

Details:

Join from January 13, with meetings on that date plus 20, 27 JAN, Feb 10th.  17, for fee of €150. NEW TERM OF FORTNIGHTLY FRIDAYS WILL START IN MARCH 2013.

SATURDAYS: MORNINGS, START TO WRITE, PMS, WRITING WORKSHOP:

details:

NATIONAL LIBRARY CAFE, 10-week START TO WRITE course runs there from SAT. Jan. 26th. 10-30 – 12.45 each week, €245.

SATURDAYS: AFTERNOONS:

SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRITING WORKSHOP at the NATIONAL LIBRARY CAFE JOLY starts a new 10 – week term on January 26th, from 2 – 4.15 p.m. €245.

SUNDAYS: nights:

GLASTHULE DEVELOPING POET fortnightly Sunday nights will start on the first weekend of DECEMBER with 12 x 2.75 hour fortnightly meets over 24 weeks,  for a fee of €350.

WRITING HOLIDAYS, Inishbofin Jaunts etc: PRE-XMAS:

Out of town, the Inishbofin Jaunt trips continue with a DECEMBER JAUNT 14 – 17 of that month. Tuition fee €270 and accommodation cost of €180 including home made lunches, covering you for 4 nights in utterly beautiful beach-front island houses. Logistics-wise, I advise that you travel down Thurs Dec 13, leave Sunday evening if you need to, if you have your own transport from Cleggan, leave the island on Monday 17th if relying on public transport from Cleggan, Connemara, onwards.

2013 JAUNTS: EASTER ON INIS MOR is now in the pipeline! Further Bofin Jaunts will also take place next year.

ONE-DAY Events: a number of One Day START TO WRITE Sundays will take place at my home in Glasthule from mid-Spring 2013. More info will follow.

Hope to hear from some of you, or from some of your friends about some of these!
YC
WRITING TRAIN

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