Daniela Molnar conducted this interview
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