Vignettes & Verses: Write Your Memories Traveling in Ireland

Come explore an ancient landscape peopled with stories to connect with your own stories. Travel to Cork City and Deep Ireland to coax your own stories, your own memories, onto the page. This eight-day traveling workshop will involve class sessions, independent writing time, and opportunities to immerse yourself in local culture. Explore evocative places—ruins, villages, a mine, a labyrinth—to excavate our own memories in the form of poetry or nonfiction prose.

Historic Cork, center of Irish emigration in the 1900s, is our anchor for the first half of the workshop. In the mornings, write and study within the Tudor Gothic quad of the University College Cork. Afternoons explore the English Market, old Cork City, and neighboring villages such as Kinsale and Cobh, and sample the many midsummer festivities.

For the second half of our course, move to the scenic Beara peninsula. Visit Glengarriff, where William Butler Yeats and George Bernard Shaw retreated for inspiration; colorful bayside villages; and the remote mining village of Allihies on the southwest tip of Ireland.

About the instructors:
Meg Eberle and Kaia Sand are a mother and daughter team who collectively offer many writing and teaching experiences, and the perspective of approaching memory writing from two generations. They have a strong bond to Ireland and it is through their many travels to Ireland that they have shaped this course.

Meg Eberle is a journalist who specializes in biographical writing and teaches memoir writing at the Multnomah Arts Center. A former reporter with the Portland Oregonian, St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Albany Democrat-Herald, newspapers, she has written and edited several personal histories. She recently collaborated with her mother on Good Timber, a memoir of her mother’s childhood. As a reporter and feature writer, Eberle interviewed and profiled hundreds of people. She specialized in researching personal and historical details to round out the profiles. Eberle is dedicated to documenting stories of person and place for future generations.
Kaia Sand is a poet and essay writer with more than a decade of university teaching experience. She team-taught with Michael Glaser the Poetry England traveling writing course in Oxford and Grasmere, England, in 2005, 2007, and 2009. She is the author of three books—Remember to Wave, which investigates political history in Portland Oregon through poems and an essay; the poetry collection, interval, awarded Small Press Traffic Book of the Year; and, with Jules Boykoff, Landscapes of Dissent. Currently Artist in Residence at the Portland City Archives and a member of PEN American Center, Kaia Sand is resident poet in the Honors Program at Portland State University.



Please note: Vignettes & Verses 2014 is fully enrolled. Should you wish to be added to a wait list for this year’s workshop, or for our email list for future classes, please email Kaia Sand at sand (at) kaiasand (dot) net

Total cost of the workshop is $1800, which includes en suite double occupancy rooms for eight nights, five dinners, eight (all) breakfasts, course materials, two excursions on the Beara peninsula, and lectures led by local guest writers. To ensure a single room, please add $200.

Non-student companion $1,600 (we can accommodate no more than two).

Travel to-and-from Ireland, in-town transportation, lunches & incidentals are not included.



Workshop is limited to 8 students, so register to hold a place. Please email your interest to Kaia Sand ( to learn how to submit an application. To hold a spot, please post a $300 deposit by February 15, 2014.

The remainder of the workshop cost is due by March 31, 2014.

workshop cost

or mail it payable to

Kaia Sand
3813 SE 10th Avenue
Portland OR 97202


For more information, and to learn how to submit an application, please contact Kaia Sand at sand(at)kaiasand(dot)net


After February 15, the deposit will be refunded only if workshop is fully enrolled.


extend your trip

Should you wish to stay longer in Ireland, there are several great possibilities near where we will end our session together. If you wish to have intensive writing time in a beautiful location, Anam Cara in Eyeries hosts writers’ retreats. In addition, the Cork Midsummer Festival will soon post its schedule for a range of cultural events. 

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