25 years= 25% discount on 2018 fees, if booked by 31/12. Sound about right?



SPRING-SUMMER 2018 at Writing Train

25 years guiding writers in Ireland! 25th anniversary celebration discounts all round!


25% discount for all non-residential 2018 courses booked and paid for by 31 December! (7 JANUARY deadline for this offer applies to current students with WRITING TRAIN).

12.5% EARLY BIRD discount applies generally till 14 January. 


25% discount for all non-residential 2018 courses booked and paid for by 31 December! (7 JANUARY deadline for this offer applies to current students with WRITING TRAIN).

12.5% EARLY BIRD discount applies generally till 14 January. 

                              FREE INTRO CLASSES:

1.5 hour TASTER WRITING CLASS SESSIONS free of charge on the following dates:


Saturday 6, 13, 20 and 27 January, 2.30 P.M. Buswells’ Hotel, D2.


Sunday 18/3.  2.30 p.m., city centre hotel venue TBC.


                                  ONE-DAY COURSES

JANUARY 28:KICK-START YOUR WRITING ( START TO WRITE COURSE). Glasthule. 10.30 – 4.45 with lunch break at Peoples’ park Market.8 places max. €100.

FEBRUARY 11: SUNDAY ONE-DAY POETRY workshop: will suit you if you have work-in-progress to workshop. €100. 10.30 – 5.00 p.m.

MARCH 25: 25 SUNDAY ONE-DAY Start your non-fiction project day. €100

APRIL 15: SUNDAY ONE-DAY course: VISION-EDIT YOUR NOVEL with advance reading of 10,000 words €150.

APRIL 29:  SUNDAY ONE-DAY Writers’ think-tank: approach new projects & goals, pick up new habits €100

MAY 27: SUNDAY ONE-DAY Beginners’ and Developing Writers’ short story and flash fiction course.

                                       START TO WRITE COURSES

(Max tuition, minimal workshopping).

JANUARY WEDNESDAY MORNING CLASSES From 31/1: Kick start your writing 5-week course, Dunlaoghaire, 11.00- 1.30. €140 Ends 28 Feb.

NB: Please also email me ASAP if interested in an Irish Writers’ Centre  ‘START TO WRITE/ KEEP WRITING,’  MONDAY NIGHT class beginning late January subject to demand.

MARCH WEDNESDAY MORNING CLASSES: From 14/3 Wednesday a.m., 7-week kick starter Start To Write course, Dunlaoghaire venue TBC. Ends May 30.

NB: Please also see Irish Writers’ Centre timetable for a new START TO WRITE class with me beginning in April.

JUNE: WEDNESDAY MORNINGS From 13/ 6: Wednesday morning kick-starter Start to Write 4-week city centre café class, venue TBC, End Date July 11. €120 (3 hour sessions with comprehensive materials).

JUNE FRIDAY NIGHTS: From 15/6: Friday night Start to Write / continuation course with room for joiners. 5 weeks €150. End-date 15 July.

                                    NICHE CLASSES:

FEBRUARY FROM 9/2:  8-week Write In the City morning class at NLI café, D.2.10.30 – 2.00 p.m. combining a START TO WRITE class with Dublin-focused and cultural inspiration. 4th outing for this popular course. (Follow on possible subject to interest, this to be delivered in 2 x blocks of 4 weeks, March and April/May). Further outing of this course from September 2018!

                          START TO WRITE/ DEVELOPING WRITERS’ WORKSHOP                (Half and half, tuition and workshopping).

JANUARY: SATURDAY MORNINGS FROM 27/1: 10 x 3.25 hour meetings. Buswells’ Hotel, D.2. Hours: 11.00 a.m. – 2.15. Small group for max time for each participant. 8 places max. First come first served here! €280. End –date, 21/4.

POSSIBLE FURTHER JANUARY NIGHT CLASS, DEPENDING ON DEMAND at Irish Writers’ Centre 01-8721302,MONDAY NIGHTS,from late January, date TBC. 10 week course, expected fee €280. If you are a Monday Night IRISH WRITERS’ CENTRE veteran or interested newcomer for whom IWC in Parnell Square D.1.,  is the handiest venue,  and want to continue/ start class there with me, please do email both myself AND info@writerscentre.ie, i.e the  I.W.C) early in New Year in re., and let us all know you are interested in a Monday night class mixed level Monday Night class with me from late Jan., and we will do our best to make that happen!

FEBRUARY: FRIDAY NIGHTS, FROM  2/2. Glasthule/ Dunlaoghaire venue TBC. 7.00 – 10.00 p.m., 12 weeks, €320. End-date 27 April. (Switch into other Developing Writers’ Workshops, Tues night, Sat p.m. or Weds night workshop possible from here, if you want to continue with me at this point!)

FEBRUARY; SATURDAY AFTERNOONS: FROM 3/3.  Saturday P.M: Start to Write / Developing writers’ workshop hybrid class, brand new slot – 9 weeks, south City Centre hotel venue. 2.30p.m. – 5.15 p.m. €265. End date: 21 April. ( short follow on into early summer will also be possible, subject to demand).

                              DEVELOPING WRITERS’ WORKSHOP

(Max workshopping, small tuition element when needed. Natural follow-on if you have attended several Start to Write Courses with me or elsewhere):

JANUARY: TUESDAY NIGHTS FROM 23/1. Westin Hotel, Westmoreland Street, D2. 6.45 p.m.-10.00 p.m. (earlier departures facilitated). 12 weeks. €330. End-date April 24.


MAY: from 15/5: Continuation course for the above Developing Writers’ workshop, accepting joiners: 7 weeks. €200. End-date: 27 June

                           ADVANCED WORKSHOPS

JANUARY, WEDNESDAY NIGHTS FROM 10/1. Wednesday night Advanced Workshop Ongoing, accepts new members each term.

Start date: 10 January to attend 7 consecutive sessions with this group; End date: Feb 28. A great way to try out this advanced workshop. 3.5 hour meets, fantastic talent around the table and superb peer-support. Westin Hotel D.2 6.45-10.15.

MARCH, WEDNESDAY NIGHTS FROM 21/3. Wednesday Night Advanced Writing workshop – New term starts. (See January slot, above, for course description, timings and venue). End-date 4 July. €390.

                              ISLAND JAUNT WRITING HOLIDAYS:

Retreats will kick off at the May Bank Holiday ROSSBEIGH in KERRY, followed by Bofin in June, Turk and Kerry in July, Kerry and Bofin in August and Bofin early Sept.

MAY 4-8 ROSSBEIGH JAUNT  START TO WRITE holiday. €525 half board

JUNE: 1 INISHBOFIN JAUNT including prelim. 3-day Weekend at INISH culture festival, followed by 7-day writing course. 1-10 June €875. (4-10 June option also available €675). Details and fees to follow.

JULY 7 & 14 Inishturk Jaunt writing holidays 2 x Developing Writers course and Guided Retreat €675 half board.

AUGUST 18-23- Rossbeigh Kerry Jaunt for beginner writers €625

AUGUST 25 & SEPTEMBER 1: Inishbofin Jaunt (Start to write 25/8 – 31/8, Developing writer and Guided Retreat 1-8 Sept.)  €675 Half Board.


If you like the sound of any of this, email for more info or text 083 8333574. Alternatively, phone hours for this number will be 3-6 p.m. till and including 22nd Dec and from 5 January. Emails and texts will also all reach me and be responded to within 24 hours re special offers and in general within 48 during that time.

A warm and happy Christmas and start to the New Year, everyone! And don’t forget to use or pass on your voucher!

Xxx Yvonne

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