- SUMMER BOFIN JAUNTS WITH WRITING TRAIN, FULL BROCHURE
- APRIL-OCTOBER AT A GLANCE, AT WRITING TRAIN!
- June 2-9 Bofin Jaunt and INISH arts and culture festival all at the same time!
- JUNE BH Bofin Writing Jaunt lines up with fantastic island festival!
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CLINK the link for APRIL-to OCTOBER classes, free TRY-OUT meets, workshops, One -Day events and creative trips, trips, trips: all at a glance! https://yvonnecullen.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/writing-train-april-e28093-oct-2016-at-a-glance.pdf
This June’s Bofin Jaunt has been designed to flow around the fantastic INISH Arts and Culture festival. To get the most out of our course, as we will be using Inish for inspiration, participants are required to book a season pass to Inish, (€60 early bird, till 30 April, €75 thereafter). See site above to book. Friday through Sunday we will have breakfast, lunch and dinner classes, with more conventional morning classes of 2.5 hours per class duration Monday through Wednesday. A celebratory reading together for an invited audience will end our week on Wednesday night. All in all, you can expect 16 contact hours with me on our trip, and an ideal warm up into your own creative expression via the host of inspirations at Inish and all around you on lovely Bofin.
WHEN DOES OUR EVENT BEGIN?
Our official welcome night is THURSDAY June 2nd at 7.15, when I will greet you on the dock in BOFIN and bring you to your lodgings on the island. Later that night, you will be
COULD I ARRIVE LATE TO THE COURSE OR LEAVE EARLY?
Within reason, I will try to assist you if you need to do either of the above. It isn’t possible to alter standard course fee/ standard package fee in these situations but short stays in either the island hostel or DOLPHIN HOTEL may be possible. COntact me to discuss and for contact details for the above.
THE BOAT TO THE ISLAND, LOGISTICAL DETAILS:
If arriving THURSDAY night, your ferry will leave CLEGGAN in Connemara at 6.45 P.M, which means, for a calm start to your trip, get to Cleggan at 5 p.m., 5.15 at latest! More in this vein when you contact with expressions of interest: )
You can buy your ticket on the dock ( most people do, €20 return). Boat departs without exception AT its departure time. If you miss it, you’ll have to put yourself up in Cleggan and join us the next day! I’m on 0861701418 if that transpires!
If interested in the JUNE JAUNT TO BOFIN, please do make contact soon. I will need to close the booking on this trip on 30 April due to the intense demand for accommodation on the island at that time. Right now, I have ONE individual double room in our house, ONE double in the nearby hostel, a 6-bed dorm in same hostel, ONE bed in a twin room in our core house and ONE hotel room in the nearest hotel ( supplement of €125 applies here). July Jaunt bookings will close mid May, and Rossbeigh Jaunt booking will close end June. It may still be possible to book any of these trips after those dates but at 10% surcharge to encourage you to book soon; ).
Look forward to hearing from some of you soon!
https://yvonnecullen.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/summer-bofin-writing-jaunts.pdf Bofin Jaunt JUNE 2-9 coincides with fantastic INISH-ISLAND CONVERSATIONS festival. Take a couple of short sharp writing classes with me each day from Friday through Sunday 2-4 June. Around those, hear astounding music from Mairtin O’Connor, Contempo String Quartet, Doug Paisley, Elisa Rodruiges and Pedro Vidal, Stunning jazz piano from Martin Tingvall, the Whileaways, Jack L, Larry Beau, watch the best of cultural documentaries on Maire Mac an tSaoi and the fishermen of Ireland’s north Atlantic islands, hear Kevin Barry, Theo Dorgan, Claire Kilroy, Bernard O’Donoghue, Andrew McNeillie, Olwen Foure, Michael and Edna Longley … Meet like minds, walk and eat and have the odd pint, and scribble down odd thoughts… And from Monday thru Wednesday, after all that cultural fertilization is over, intensify your writing training with me, building up to a celebratory performance of our own in the Galley Cafe on the island on Wednesday night June 8th. Depart for home Thurs a.m. June 9th. For further info and to book, email email@example.com or phone 0861701418. See timetable here for further island trips this summer (INISHTURK THROUGH JULY, BOFIN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER).
Folks, if this post looks a little funny, please excuse its appearance. Click the link and you’ll get a gorgeous poster for my March 16-21 Retreat to Rossbeigh in Kerry. Thanks for overlooking, if you can, my technophobe ways!
31 January EARLY BOOKING INCENTIVE DEADLINE! ANY COURSE STARTING FROM 1st MARCH, at 2015 fees (I.E. less 5% of advertised fee), if booked and fully paid by 31/1. Next similar offer will be 31/3 for courses from July 2. Apart from offering a good deal, booking now is the main way to ensure you get a place in your course of choice. If thinking of booking on for the Advanced sessions: many Writing Train participants return from term to term. At entry level, the History to Story course is limited to 8. Finally, the START TO WRITE and NOVELISTS’ RETREATS on the Writing Jaunts are limited to 8 places at each level per trip. To be in with a chance of a place and accommodation on these trips, early booking is especially vital. It can also often make the difference between a trip being feasible to organize and not. So let “book early!” be your watchword: )
And now that’s said, to creativity again! Thinking about it as last year ended one thing has been striking me: I believe it’s all around us all the time; I believe to be in the world, moving through it is to move through a creative element constantly. With a door in the back of the head we have a choice about leaving open. Leave it open, even just ajar and the world will keep moving you. It is, after all, as I think Annie Dillard wrote, always trying to jump start your imagination. Just leave the door open. And if nothing else for now, then as Miroslav Holub wrote in a similar mode of thought: “at least there’ll be a draft.
If you have a different visual for this habit, I’d love to hear you comment on it below. Maybe one of you thinks of creative activity as a comparable act to sitting patiently with your fishing rod dropped into a fishing hole. That would be handy, as it was with a picture of an Inuit woman fishing that I planned to decorate this post: ). And here she be, turning up in case the world’s sending something by. Wishing you the patience for that, this season and the fruits.
From History to Story – New Term, 12 Feb.
On 12 February, I will start a new set of 12 From History to Story classes/ workshops on writing from research and /or memory towards the creation of longer non-fiction, fiction, drama and poetry projects. These 12 meetings, classes and workshops will run over an extended timeframe and I will be making sure you sign up to approaching lots of small pieces of your projects during the breaks, bit by bit, like the best way to eat an elephant: ). As a result, I hope you’ll end up feeling you’ve got extra value for the fee. Your 12 sessions will be delivered over 19 weeks timeframe, and on the OUT weeks, you might even consider joining me on one of the island or Kerry writing retreats. The dates for this new term of History to Story will fall in two blocks of 5 followed by a set of 2:
NEW TERM DATES
FEB 12, 19, 26, MARCH 4, 11,
FOLLOWED BY OUT WEEKS with workplans in place and email group set up for circulating work among yourselves: 18, 25 MARCH, 1 and 8 April,
RESUME for April 15,22,29, May 6 and 13th. A further GAP of 2 weeks, followed by two final sessions on June 3 and 10. In our final session, lets do a short lunchtime reading in the cafe. We can liaise with cafe re best time for this (12.00-1 perhaps… or if we’re feeling brave 1-2 PM!
The fee for this course will be €340, or €320 if booked and paid by 31/1/2016.
Delivering a course over a longer timeframe like this gives you access to my guidance and the support of your peers for far longer than the course fee would imply. An email group and clearly-set goals before each break will help you to keep motivated while we’re apart.
Suggestions for keeping you even more on track for the gap weeks:
Inch Co Kerry 5 night writing retreat and Start to Write course will run from 16-21 March and is currently available at 2015 fee of €550 all -inclusive, including almost all your meals, single room basis, across the road from Inch Strand no less! And a short Inishturk Jaunt for Developing Writers, and those looking for a short writing retreat will run from 3-8 April for those who can take a break at that time of the year ( 5 nights, 4 full days), €550 single room basis and including all meals save one dinner. This fee is available if course is booked and minimum 40% deposit paid by 31/1, thereafter if places remain, full 2016 fee of €595 applies.
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(i.e full value of e.g. a Start to write in Dublin course, 75% of an Advanced Workshop!) Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to book!
TWO “STOKE THE FIRE” DAYS AT WRITING TRAIN!
VISION EDIT YOUR NOVEL – One Day Course with Yvonne Cullen (Includes advance reading of up to 80,000 word manuscript submitted by Monday night 7 Dec.). 7 places only. Find your way to your book’s full potential in this challenging and fun one-day event. SAT DEC 12/2015, fee €130. FROM HISTORY TO STORY – Imagine, shape up and start to write your historically-based or factually-based non-fiction or fiction projects.Includes in-room exercises, workshopping and advice on research and interviewing, plus finding the angle of the telling for your project. SUNDAY 13/DEC/ 2015 €90/ €80 for current WT participants. VENUE: Each course takes place in a cosy, book-filled cottage in Sandycove, Co. Dublin, with lunch stop at the Farmers’ Market in the Peoples’ Park. “Best writing teacher in Dublin” – Dubliner Magazine. Teaching and editing writers in Ireland full-time for the last 22 years! email email@example.com, phone 0861701418 for info and to book. Image: Thursday night Writing Train regular workshop in our Sandycove venue. x Yvonne
New writing classes I’m starting right away:
Start to Write & Developing Writer mixed group, Friday evenings from this evening, in my book-filled house! (8 wks over 15);
From History to Story, writing from research and/ or memory – Friday a.m.s, 11-1, followed by a sociable lunch, starts 6 Nov., 8 weeks, NLI cafe, D. 2;
Start to Write Short Course of Sat a.m.s in NLI Cafe, from 14 Nov., 6 weeks over11 week timeframe for the feel of a much longer course;
Developing Writer Short Course Sat p.m.s Fitzwilliam Street, D2, from Nov 14;
2 spaces in Advanced Thursday night workshop till Xmas, (small group, advance reading of work) immediate start, Glasthule;
2 spaces in Advanced Tuesday night workshop, Westin Hotel, D2., (format as Thurs) 12 weeks, immediate start.
One Day Sunday intensives:
8/11 Poetry, (the Lyric poem and sequences plus workshop);
22/11 Start to Write;
6/12 History to Story, writing from research or memory;
13/12 Vision Edit your novel. (All One Day sessions take place in Glasthule, with a break for lunch in Peoples’ Park Sunday Market).
For New Year course start dates and Writing Retreat trips to Bofin and Inishturk in 2016, see the AUTUMN 2015- SPRING 2016 courses tab above. Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 086 1701418 for info on any of the events listed here.
Spare yourself your family’s and friends’ puzzled faces. Show your work (and your writing dreams) to folks who understand! At Writing Train, guidance and the best of writing peers are at hand!: ) (And the odd rhyme, at no extra charge, clearly; ) I guess with a long-time poet at the helm you’ll occasionally have that: )