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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). To hold a spot, please post a $300 deposit to paypal. Deadline for registration is February 15, 2014. Early bird reduction of $100 if you register before January 15, 2014.
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3813 SE 10th Avenue
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The remainder of the workshop cost is due by March 31, 2014.
After February 15, the deposit will be refunded only if workshop is fully enrolled.
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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