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Summer Writing Seminar in Ireland

Please join us for our fifth annual Summer Creative Writing Seminar in stunning Dingle on Ireland’s west coast, a destination renowned for its natural beauty and rich literary and musical history.

This week is filled with workshops, craft lectures and literary readings, and a full day off mid-week for excursions. The week includes time to write, read, explore the village of Dingle, and be fueled for the writing you’ll do once you get home.

The seminar is offered through Bay Path’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing program but concentrates on both nonfiction and fiction. It is open to both students in the program and, upon acceptance, writers from the larger literary community.

Our faculty features acclaimed writers from the U.S. and Ireland:
Andre Dubus III
• Ann Hood
• Elizabeth Peavey
• Leanna James Blackwell
Mark McLoughlin
• Mia Gallagher
• Suzanne Strempek Shea
• Tommy Shea


Some of our workshops and all Writers’ Lounge gatherings are held at the comfortable Bambury Guesthouse, just up the hill from the very lively center of Dingle, while other workshops, plus talks and readings by faculty and participants, are held in the center of town, at the historic Diseart Centre of Irish Spirituality and Culture.

Each writer in our group of up to 30 participants will choose two series of three morning workshops, which run the mornings of Sunday to Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday. Workshop details and requirements are sent upon acceptance into the Summer Writing Seminar. Claim your spot as early as possible as space in each is limited. You may remain with the same instructor for both three-day workshops, but bear in mind that some instructors do not change the content of their workshops from the first half of the week to the second half.

Following our Tuesday night reception at a harbor-front home, Wednesday is our day off for exploration of the gorgeous Dingle Peninsula, which National Geographic once called “the most beautiful place on earth.” Take the day to read and write, and also to enjoy activities in the area, including visiting Great Blasket Island, hillwalking, horseback riding, surfing, and browsing the many shops (among them, two fine bookstores).

A group reading on the final Saturday will showcase work by each of our participants and cap our week together.