Breakfasts, lunches on Saturday and Sundaydinners on Friday and Saturday and tea and coffee throughout the stay will be provided. We can provide location details once your place is booked.
Before dinner, there is personal time to work on your short stories or ask Noelle for any guidance on your writing. Offline Option undisturbed writing time! It is envisaged that by the end of the course each participant will have created or be on their way to creating their own unique short story.
After dinner is set aside for relaxing, or again you have the option for personal time for writing. Residents can choose from a single room, double room for two or single occupancy double room, all with shared bathroom.
Vegetarians, vegans and those with allergies can be catered for. We have two double, and two single bedrooms available for our retreat participants.
We do not provide wine or any alcohol with meals, however participants are welcome to bring their own bottle of wine, or to contribute to the cost of any wine we share at mealtimes.
Pick up from Kells is 25 euros by taxi which we can organise if Creative writing retreats ireland let us know what time your bus will arrive. To develop not only characters but use colour, composition, style, and setting as a source for their own story.
Residents can choose from a single room, double room for two or single occupancy double room, all with shared bathroom, or a double room for two or single occupancy double room with en suite bathroom. Send an email to: We have six residential places on the retreat. After a short break, the second workshop will look at how to get ideas for stories during which participants will select a visual prompt for the weekend from the collection at Crossdrum House.
The ultimate goal is that you will have written your own short story by the end of the weekend. During this time residents are welcome to relax in Crossdrum Lodge or explore local surroundings.
Crossdrum Lodge has been authentically renovated by owner Jill Wright, furnished with traditional Irish farmhouse furniture, and an eclectic collection of art and memorabilia from her travels. She is a book lover and you will find shelves stuffed with books all over the house.
If you do want the option of checking online, we advise you to bring your own mobile wifi to stay connected. Having lived in Bergen for several years, Noelle now lives and works in Edinburgh in Scotland.
Additionally Jill loves photography, cycling and swimming in the local lakes.
There will be opportunities for sharing work but this is optional and not a requirement. During the whole weekend, Noelle will be available to give feedback on an individual basis and to guide you in the creation of your short story. After dinner, time to relax in the sitting room, or optional personal time for writing.
There will also be time to reflect in nature, and draw inspiration from the rural surroundings. All meals will focus on natural and home-grown produce. The Food Home-cooked Vegetarian wholefood meals with Vegan options will be provided by our host Jill Wright, using seasonal ingredients and vegetables from her country garden.
The closest public transport link is by Bus Eireann from Dublin to Kells. There will be an optional walk in nature weather permitting before lunch to discuss ideas or personal time for reflection and note-taking.
There really is nowhere else quite like it! Crossdrum Lodge will be a dedicated space for the writing retreat over the course of the weekend.
As our cook for the weekend, Jill is a keen gardener growing all her own vegetables, and has previously run her own market stall selling traditional pies, breads, cakes and preserves.
She is a fountain of knowledge for those who wish to explore the locality. Jill has previously run her own market stall selling home-baked pies, breads, cakes and preserves. After a break for lunch, Noelle will facilitate Part One of her workshop Finding Your Voice which will focus on Narrative Voice, as well as defining the pivotal Character, Setting or Object of each story.
The Venue Crossdrum Lodge Crossdrum Lodge is an Georgian Gate Lodge, full of charm and character with a warm welcome set in the tranquil surroundings and rolling farmland of County Meath in Ireland.The Creative Writer's Workshop offers Writing Retreats and Workshops at magnificent locations on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.
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