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 15-22, 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!




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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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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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