Autumn- Winter Courses At Writing Train
(Note: Beginners+ indicates “Beginners plus other skill levels.”) One-Day Events (for beginners +)
“On For Size:” Start to Write one-day course: SUNDAY November 10. Intro’ to short fiction, essay, memoir and poetry.
“Dive into poetry:” one-day poetry reading and writing course. Sunday November 17.
“Vision Edit Your Novel:” December 14. Includes: advance reading of up to 8,000 words; tailored support, tuition, discussion and take-away materials. 6 participants max.
4-week Courses (for beginners +).
*“HOW’S THE FORM?” (TUESDAY AFTERNOONS). Four Creative writing forms4.30 p.m. Fee: €120.
WRITE IN THE CITY: Let Dublin Inspire you! 4 FRIDAY MORNINGS IN NOVEMBER, Venues: N.L.I., National Museum, N.G.I., and one other by agreement. Nov. 8, 15, 22, 29. DUBLIN- themed START TO WRITE course. Timings: 10.30 – 1.30 p.m. Fee: €120.
5-week Courses (specialised, beginners +)
*FROM HISTORY TO STORY ‘true writing’ course, covering researched and family history, memoir, essay and poetry. Dates: Wednesday mornings: Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 and 4 December. Timings: 11.00-1.30. Fee: €120 incl. extensive materials by email.
Start to write in Kilmainham. Start Date: 7 November. 5 consecutive weeks. 7.00- 9.30 p.m. weekly. (3 places booked, 3 available).
8-week Courses (beginners +)
*Saturday Morning Writing Train: START TO WRITE. Will suit you if you want to get a run at writing (as the D’unbelievables might say) for the first time, or if you have a little experience and need fresh approaches.
Start Date: October 19th. Venue: The National Library Cafe, N.L.I. Kildare Street, Dublin 1. Timeframe: 8 weeks. (follow on term in Spring 2020). Timings: 10.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. weekly. Fee: €240.
12-Week Courses: (for developing writers)
Tuition across all the short creative writing forms, matched with discussion, workshopping time & tips for longer projects too!
Friday evenings, Dunlaoghaire town, (Royal Marine Hotel) Start date: 18 October, 6.30- 9.00 p.m. weekly. Saturday afternoons, Dublin 2 (Buswells’ Hotel), Start date: 19 October, 2.30 – 5.00 p.m.
Advanced Writing Workshop At Writing Train:
In its 14th year, with a revolving membership of experienced and developing writers, many published. Includes winners in the Hennessy, Francis McManus, Listowel and Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair competitions. 3 hours plus per week. Advance reading of everyones’ work weekly keeps us as forensic as we are supportive.
(Note on WORKSHOPS in general: these will suit you best if you have work-in-progress or some writing experience and specific projects you want to develop with our help).
Advanced workshops available in the following timeslots:
WEDNESDAY NIGHT ADVANCED WRITING WORKSHOP, Atrium Bar, THE WESTIN HOTEL, Dublin 2. Start Date: 9 October. Timings: 7.00 – 10.00 p.m. ONE SPACE AVAILABLE FOR CURRENT TERM. Fee €430.
BOOKING NOW: THURSDAY NIGHT Advanced Writing Workshop now booking for start date in January 2020. Fee as above. EARLY BIRD FEE by 31/ OCTOBER €375.
The Inishbofin Jaunt HALLOWE’EN Island Writing Retreat
Fri 25/10 – Tues 29/10. €425 inclusive of individual room accommodation in cosy island houses, class daily and 1-1 time plus access to organised events and social time. DEVELOPING WRITER level.
The Inishbofin Jaunt New Year Island Writing Retreat
Write, learn, meet like minds and blow the cobwebs away at New Year on the western edge of Europe. Dates: December 29 – January 4th will see us holding the 48th Inishbofin Jaunt writing retreat. Fee: €725 (-€100 for Early Birds!)
Included: comfortable individual room in shared house, 5 x daily tailored classes, group activities, 1-1 time with tutor and welcome hamper of breakfast food at your self-catering house.
Early Bird deal: €625 for bookings paid by 31 October.
Testimonials on the INISHBOFIN JAUNT:
“Exactly what I needed in terms of rest, renewal, and a confidence boost for my writing. It’s given me fresh heart and determination to continue. It was also a great group to be sharing the week with.”
Kathleen Rogers on the Inishbofin Jaunt September writing holiday 2018.
I attended a writing retreat with Yvonne Cullen in Inishbofin last winter and it was absolutely life
changing. No exaggeration. Yvonne will always manage to get the best out of you and give you the
energy to keep you going. Thanks to her I’m back writing after many years.
CELINA CAULFIELD, Clogherhead
“Yvonne is a people whisperer who has the ability to meet you where you’re at and send you off with
a toolkit to support your writing practice. I was on a writing retreat recently with Yvonne and find
myself still dreaming of the landscape. If you enjoy writing on any level, I recommend you attend.”
MAIRIN HARTE, Dublin.
“You wove a web of magic round us!”
TOMMY BYRNE, ATHLONE
“A fantastic week, with brilliant people. Heaven on earth!”
MARY SHORTT, BRAY, CO. WICKLOW.
“Truly a treat for the mind, body and soul. Chilling with a purpose!”
SUZANNE O’FLAHERTY, DUBLIN
Feedback on my Dublin classes:
“Of all the writing classes and workshops I have attended, (and there have been hundreds), yours is
the one I chose to return to!”
Joyce Garvey, September 2019.
“Best Creative Writing Teacher in Dublin” – DUBLINER MAGAZINE
“Writes beautifully and can pass on the skill” – THE IRISH TIMES.
Feedback on my EDITING AND MENTORING services:
“Yvonne Cullen is a gifted editor. She’s encouraging, affirming and responsive but also demanding;
pushing for every stanza, every line and every word to be as good as it can be.”
Award-winning poet, Jane Clarke.
‘If you are working on a novel and need feedback, look no further than Yvonne Cullen . Her attention to detail and ability to look at the whole picture was a massive help to me in all areas in the development of my work in progress; plot, scenes, character, dialogue, chapter order – no stone went unturned. After receiving a critique from Yvonne, you will go back to your writing reenergized and inspired.’
Now taking bookings for mentoring Spring 2020.
To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0861701418.
Looking forward to hearing from some of you about the course list above.
x Yvonne C