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.

Please note: We just completed Vignettes & Verses 2014!  See our facebook page for some photos from our adventures. We plan to run another workshop in 2016, so should you wish to join our email list for future classes, please email Kaia Sand at sand (at) kaiasand (dot) net

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.