After six years of continued expansion, the writing retreat (https://www.irelandwritingretreat.com/ ) launched by Columbia and Sean Hillen in northwest Donegal, on the Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, was the only writing retreat selected for the exclusive list of creative retreats released by The Guardian newspaper this week.
“I’m delighted with this honour,” said retreat marketing coordinator, Columbia, owner of web design company ‘Center for the Imagination’ and former managing director of a national media company in Romania. “International recognition of this kind is something to be really proud of. We have worked very hard over the years to make this initiative a success and we are happy to announce a new creative writing week in Paris in October.”
Other retreats selected for the list included Greece, the Netherlands, England, France, Spain, Scotland and Portugal.
The top 10 list, with brief descriptions of each retreat ranging from dancing and painting to woodwork and song-writing, was published in the international travel section of the London-based newspaper.
10 of the best creative retreats in the UK and Europe (https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/jan/12/10-best-creative-retreats-holidays-in-uk-and-europe-paint-dance )
The article included a full-color photograph of previous writing participants in Gweedore enjoying an excursion on scenic Gola Island, one of many guided historic trips that take place during the retreats, two of which are held in Donegal each year.
According to the article, “The twice-yearly Ireland Writing Retreat in Gweedore, two miles inland from the stunning west Donegal coastline, offers practical, hands-on writing and editing workshops, plus talks by authors about publishing and marketing.
The week includes a boat trip to the island of Gola walks and a tour of Glenveagh national park and castle, Irish language and dance classes, and traditional music concerts. It also offers a retreat focusing on travel writing (16-22 March), and two further afield: one on the Black Sea near Mangalia, Romania (27 May-2 June), and a new retreat in Paris (14-20 October).”
According to the Ireland Writing Retreat website, the Paris Writing Retreat (https://www.irelandwritingretreat.com/paris-writing-retreat-2019) will take place during October 14-20. Follow – literally - in the footsteps of such legends as James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Beach, Gertrude Stein, George Orwell, Oscar Wilde, even Dan Brown across the boulevards of Paris while learning the art of creative writing through practical workshops and author meetings.
Enjoy hands-on tutoring from published authors and lively literary discussions in the very same places that the 1920s ‘Lost Generation’ frequented for the very same reasons, some of whom ultimately emerged as Nobel Prize winners.
(https://www.irelandwritingretreat.com/ ) launched by Columbia and Sean Hillen in northwest Donegal, on the Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way