Poet's Corner Bar, Old Ground Hotel, Ennis 

Gerard, along with 17 Canadian and American travellers on a literary retreat through Ireland. Participants included novice, emerging, and experienced writers, and some participants who didn't write at all. 

U.S. and Europe participants are welcome. To inquire about pricing, please contact Freedom Tours and Travel

To register, call Freedom Tours and Travel

 1(800) 561-2324

Clontarf Castle

Clontarf Castle, Dublin

  • Two creative writing workshops
  • Private writing consultation with award-winning Newfoundland author Gerard Collins
  • In-depth written feedback
  • Informal gatherings with other writers
  • Opportunity to share your work
  • Dedicated writing time
  • Access to writer-in-residence throughout retreat
  • Be inspired by a culture that has produced a wealth of art, culture and history

The "perfect writers' retreat" in Ireland has to have a castle, lots of writing and plenty of time for sightseeing, right? There should be quiet time for introspection, feedback and guidance from an award-winning author, and time to see Dublin, visit the pubs, hear the music, breathe the air, and tread the land. You'd need to see the West (Yeats country.) While there, it would be a shame not to visit Galway, the Isle of Innisfree, the haunts and gravesite of this century's greatest poet, and the Cliffs of Moher. And why not return  by coach across the Emerald Isle, to central Dublin, for one last day and night? Well, you can do all of this, not as a whirlwind tour, but as a relaxed writing retreat, all while writing and feeling inspired by the sights, sounds and history of one of the truly great, ancient places on earth.

Join author and university educator Gerard Collins for this unique writing getaway. Gerard, who has a PhD in American Gothic literature, and has been nominated for numerous literary prizes - including the 2014 Dublin IMPAC award - will offer group workshops as well as a private, in-depth feedback session on your writing. Participants will be invited to share their work during an evening of readings, with a respectful acknowledgement that we are walking the ground where Joyce ran as a boy, where Dubliners and Finnegan's Wake originated. This is where Stoker, Yeats, Wilde, Donaghue, McCourt, Doyle and other great writers, as well as famous artists and musicians, cut their creative teeth and became who they became.

It's no stretch to say that this one-of-a-kind creative retreat might forever enrich your life and writing, as well as your view of the world. Come, be inspired by Ireland's rich and ancient history, and by Gerard’s insightful instruction and personalized commentary on your writing.

Note that the number of participants will be limited to ensure each writer receives individual attention, so you are encouraged to register early to reserve a spot. 

Sign up deadline is January 30, 2017.

  • Return airfare + transport to and from airports
  • Five nights at the amazing Clontarf Castle in Dublin!
    • Irish breakfast each morning, dinners each evening
  • One night in Sligo at the gorgeous Clarion Hotel
    • Drumcliffe, Gravesite of W.B. Yeats
    • Cliffs of Moher
    • Leisure time in Galway
    • Boat tour on Lough Gill to Lake Isle of Innisfree
  • Two nights at ancient Old Ground Hotel in Ennis!
    • Irish breakfast each morning, 2 dinners
  • Coach back to Dublin!
    • ​​Last night for the retreat, Camden Court Hotel in central Dublin
    • readings, supper, pubs, your choice
  • Time for exploring historic and literary landscapes

See the complete itinerary at Freedom Tours and Travel.