Set yourself up for a creative winter with the INISHBOFIN OCTOBER BANK HOLIDAY CREATIVE JAUNT!


A BOFIN JAUNT has snuck into the timetable for 22-27 OCTOBER. Cosy fire-lit houses courtesy of Mr Pat Coyne out there, and others, dinners down at the BEACH BAR, links in with island walking guide, and artists plus bring your camera and we’ll go on photo walks… Focus is on creativity all-round on this one as WELL as starting to write or having a writing retreat. BROCHURE IS UNDER THE ISLAND WRITING HOLIDAYS TAB ABOVE. 5 nights, 4 days, half board and loads of input from me, and the fee is €550 till 7 OCTOBER, 5% increase per week after that. Oh early bookers, how I love and will cherish you; )… Ring me at 086 1701418 or email to discuss. We will close bookings soon, so do make contact quickly, if you’re keen! We always have a truly wonderful time! X Y

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AUTUMN 2015 – SPRING 2016 CLASSES at a glance!


Dubliner Magazine’s “Best Creative Writing Teacher in Dublin.”



Sat. 10.30- 1 P.M. START TO WRITE/ DEVELOPING WRITER course, 10 weeks, €265, starts OCT 8th  FREE TASTER SESSIONS Sat. 26/9 & Sat. 1/10 MUST be booked ahead ONLY from  12 places at taster meetings, 10 places only on longer course. Further term starts 23/1/2016 (9 wks) and 9/4, 10 weeks).

THURS 2.30-4.30 P.M. “From History to Story:”  ‘writing from research’ course, 7 wks, €180, starts OCT 8th. FREE TASTER SESSION OCT 1st(MUST be booked by email only to 10 places at taster meeting, 8 places only on longer course. New 10-week term starts Jan 14, €265.

All classes limited in size, all taking bookings now.

WRITING TRAIN AROUND TOWN: NORTH CITY CENTRE: at the Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square

My autumn START TO WRITE course at the Writers’ Centre has now SOLD OUT. Please enquire from the I.W.C. directly at 01-8721302 if you would like to take a Spring START TO WRITE course with me there!

SOUTH CITY CENTRE: In my Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2 venue: WEDS EVENING DEVELOPING WRITER, 12 week 2.5-2.75 hrs, Starts WEDS OCT 14, €345. SATURDAY AFTERNOON DEVELOPING WRITER, 12 weeks from SAT OCT 10, €345 NEW 12 week term from 2 MARCH. 10 places max, all courses may be booked now.

In the Westin HOTEL, WESTMORELAND STREET, Atrium Bar (our 5-story, glass-roofed classroom): TUES NIGHT DEVELOPING? ADVANCED WORKSHOP. New 12 week term starts OCT 6th, 2.75-3 hr meetings, €340. Spring term starts January 19th. Limited to 9 participants. All terms bookable now. TRY OUT THIS WORKSHOP WITH A TASTER session €25, on Sept. 29th. MUST be booked in advance by email to or phone number below.


These classes take place in a cosy, book-filled cottage in Glasthule, 4 minutes from Sandycove Dart station.

Thurs. night Advanced Writing workshop starts 1 OCT with a TASTER, DROP IN SESSION for €25. New term proper begins OCTOBER 8.(15 meets, 3 hours per week, highly motivated, talented and award-winning peer-group, €380), Fri. night START TO WRITE, 7 weeks from OCTOBER 9- DEC 10 (€220), Tues. a.m., Weds. a.m., Weds p.m (Courses available on each of these start dates and timeslots), START TO WRITE / DEVELOPING WRITER  motivating mixed session,6 weeks from OCT 13/14, €180. /  0861701418

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Space for joiners in the DEVELOPING WRITER workshop and class in Fitzwilliam Street, from Weds 8 July. I can sell a 6,7,or 8 session ticket for these meetings, which run 2.75-3 hours.€180 for a 6 meeting ticket, €205 for 7 and €225 for 8. Email, phone 086 1701418


( Monday evenings and 4 Friday evenings), GLASTHULE. FRI 10 JULY, MON 13 JULY, MON 27 JULY, MON 24 AUGUST, FRI 28 AUGUST, FRIDAY 4 SEPT, MONDAY 21 SEPT. I can offer 6 or 7 week tickets for these, fees as per Weds night rates above. (2.75 hour sessions, book-surrounded and with a constant flow of tea!) Email, phone 086 1701418



My longest-running workshop: participants have won book deals and national competitions, and still they come back to the Thursday night sessions because of the ethos and atmosphere they find there, and the learning the sessions are still offering.

We have 2 spaces for joiners in this fantastic workshop, for 6 of the following dates: 9,16,30 JULY,  6.13, 27 AUGUST OR 3 SEPT (there will be one week’s closure between these two last dates. TBA as soon as possible). Classes are 3- 3.25 hours, focus and fun are immense, among some of the best emerging writers in the country. €175 for 6 meets. Email, phone 086 1701418



Following on from the last similar day on 28 June (‘fantastic!’ I was told!), the date for this is August 9th (SUNDAY). €95/ or €80 to current students in other classes. This session will combine a workshop with a taught/ discursive and facilitated session on the question of Voice and Clarity, looking at the work of established writers plus at difficulties we are all having on this issue in our own writing. You’ll receive study materials in advance for this course to maximise our effectiveness on the day.Email, phone 086 1701418


One-day event on working with research in fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry will take place on JULY 26th. €90 is the fee for this 10-30-5-30 day in GLASTHULE. During it, I hope to pass on what I’ve learnt in 10 years research and non-fiction historical / social history writing, plus what I’ve learnt in my writing and facilitating on the effective use of research in poems and fiction too.  VISION EDIT DAY: SUNDAY 23 AUGUST, a day dedicated to achieving a clearer vision for your novel, long non-fiction prose work or thematically linked collection of poems. Excerpts will be read and exercises. challenges and discussion will ensure your project finishes the day in sharper and clearer shape. €90. Email, phone 086 1701418


                                                                                                                                                            18-25 JULY & 15-22 AUGUST INISHTURK JAUNT:  There are still a couple of spaces left in the JULY INISHTURK JAUNT for beginner, Developing and Advanced writers. 18-25 JULY. All-in fee for 1 week’s single room accommodation, 5 x 3 hour classes at your chosen level ((1)beginner/ developing / (2) Guided Advanced Writing retreat), social activities and walks, one to one time and most meals €625. Special deal fee for participants in current or recent ( spring 2015) WT classes ( email or phone 086 1701418 for details).  EARLY BOOKING DEAL still available for AUGUST INISHTURK JAUNT (15-22 AUGUST), and Sept 5-12 and 12-19 INISHBOFIN WRITING JAUNTS €550 for any of these 1-week events if booked by 18 July, in place of full fee of €625. SEE WRITING HOLIDAY HEADING IN BLACK STRAP LINE ABOVE FOR MORE INFO.

To book any of these courses, email and phone 086 1701418

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Writing poems? Workshop them HERE!


ONE DAY POETRY WORKSHOP with me (That’s Yvonne Cullen!) in Glasthule, SUNDAY 28 JUNE. 10.30 – 1 and 2-5.30, with breaks for lunch in the Peoples’ Park Market, and a ‘indoor picnic’ plus tea and coffee flowing all day to help us along. Expect to workshop 2-3 poems and read a further one at our informal meal together after the day.

I will be gathering some of the finest poets I’ve worked with, for this event. Along with what they will bring to the table, I’m thrilled to be able to say that stellar poet JANE CLARKE has called me a gifted editor for my work on her own poems prior to her recent BLOODAXE BOOKS deal. (THE RIVER, by JANE CLARKE, is out from BLOODAXE BOOKS now). “At long last, someone who can separate the chaff” is another recent comment on my editing skill.

10 places max on this One Day event.  Fee €90 for the day of workshopping and illuminating discussion with the fine poets we’ll be gathering in. Or €60 if you are already taking a class at WRITING TRAIN. Phone me on 086 1701418 and email to book. Very few spaces left at this point.


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THE INISHBOFIN AND INISHTURK JAUNTS 2015 If the above presents as a link, please CLICK it to view new Inishturk and Inishbofin Jaunt poster! Upcoming Jaunt to TURK is coming together great! And I’ve extended the EARLY BIRD booking deadline (one final time) to 15 June. Having just been in Bofin for the June weekend, reading for the President, (of Ireland AND Bofin: ), I’m immensely looking forward to being on a Connemara island again and leading more writing jaunts. So whether you’re starting to write or developing a project or your general level of writing skill, contact me at or 086 1701418 to look further into all this…

FInal note, as I think there is a rogue post / poster on the blog with wrong dates in it:

JULY JAUNT SATURDAY 18 – SATURDAY 25  JULY ( some variation on the full-week attendance can be catered for on this Jaunt, especially in re departing on FRIDAY 24th, our rest day – though it’d be a pity!)


Hope this is good ‘n clear!


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FLASH SALE on INISHBOFIN JAUNT June 1-5. Book by May 18th for all-in fee of €500 covering  Tuition, accommodation and most meals for the 4-night, 3-day trip. Classes available at START TO WRITE and GUIDED WRITING RETREAT level plus one-to-one-meeting and all the surrounding fun and peace we always have on these trips. Email me at if interested. Or phone 086 1701418. And check the poster, here, for dates for JULY AND AUGUST JAUNTS to Inishturk in Co. Mayo, and September week-long trips to Bofin!

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INISHBOFIN and INISHTURK JAUNTS with Yvonne Cullen, (that’s me!) Summer Start to Write and Writing Retreats, dates now firmed up: START TO WRITE ON INISHBOFIN, June 2-8 ( 4 days of class, two days of rest), WRITING RETREAT ON INISHTURK July 18-25, START TO WRITE ON INISHTURK August 15-22, WRITING RETREAT ON INISHBOFIN Sept 5-12 and SEPT 12-19. Email me at for more info. Mail me your phone contact info and I’ll ring you for a chat re. Max of 8 participants, and the results are life-changing, so previous students say! INISHTURK HIGH VIEW

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UPDATED EMAIL ADDRESS for Yvonne at Writing Train:

Hi all, Just a small alert to say I’m having difficulties with the writingtrain email address. If you want to contact me about classes, bookings etc, please email Thanks!

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INISH FESTIVAL and Bofin Jaunts, too…

I’m delighted to be taking part in this beautiful festival on Bofin on the June weekend. If you’ve been thinking about getting to Bofin, now’s the time, for two reasons: the festival itself, and the Bofin Jaunt. Spurred on by the festival,you see, I’m running two Bofin Jaunts around the same time: one leading up to the festival weekend, (WRITERS’ RETREAT) and one following it ( START TO WRITE). Take the Retreat Jaunt (23-28 May), and then cap the week off with this wonderful festival, why don’t you? Alternatively, take in the festival, then, filled with inspiration, do a START TO WRITE Bofin course from Monday 1 June to Saturday June the eighth…Get in touch with me, in re, on or 086 1701418. Inish Festival programme at the link below.http://inishfestival.com

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You must believe in spring (and summer, and Inishbofin Jaunts…) NEW COURSES at Writing Train!

Here, I’m delighted to say, is a list of new course dates to which you can hold me:

START TO WRITE: beginning in National LIbrary Cafe THIS Saturday, March 12th, (11 weeks for 10 week fee of €270), with a late start date possible on week two: March 28th.

DEVELOPING WRITER on Sat p.m.s in Dublin 2 has a couple of drop in places for its remaining 7 meetings, €200.

MONDAY NIGHT START TO WRITE ( or start again), kicks off in Glasthule on Monday night 23rd March, 10 weeks, €265.

WEDNESDAY night START TO WRITE/DEVELOPING WRITER mixed class (12 weeks) starts Weds night April 15th in Dublin 2, €320.

One Day START TO WRITE, Saturday of May Bank Holiday in Glasthule will cost €75 for 6 hour day of indoor and (weather allowing) outdoor writing work and inspiration, plus lunch.

Thursday afternoon HISTORY TO STORY researched creative writing course starts April 16th (10 weeks, NLI Cafe €270).

Friday evening START TO WRITE (10 meets across the summer) begins in Glasthule Fri., 8th May, €270.

Next INISHBOFIN WRITING JAUNTS: 24-30 MAY (overlapping with Inishbofin’s new literary festival), 4-11 June, and 5-12 and 12-19 September. Email for further Bofin details. (End July Bofin Jaunt also possible in response to demand. INISHTURK WRITING JAUNT also being planned now, on the little island to Bofin’s north, for August!)

If you have questions, or wish to book, contact me at:, and at 086 1701418. I look forward to it! And to all of the above!

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