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Seminar in Ireland, July 2019

Please join us for the 2019 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 morning workshops, afternoon and evening craft lectures and literary readings, and a full day off mid-week for excursions. The week offers plenty of opportunities to read to the group, explore the village of Dingle, and write on your own—and to be fueled for the writing you’ll do once you get home.

Running in summer, the seminar is offered through Bay Path’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing but is open to all: students in the program as well as writers from the larger literary community working in creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry.

Our faculty features acclaimed writers and poets from the U.S. and Ireland:
• Annie Deppe and Ted Deppe (poetry)*
• Mia Gallagher (fiction)*
• Ann Hood (fiction and creative nonfiction)*
• Dinty W. Moore (creative nonfiction)* 
• Nuala Ni Chonchuir (poetry and short fiction)*
• Suzanne Strempek Shea (fiction and nonfiction)* 
• Tommy Shea (nonfiction)*#
(*Running at least one workshop #Leading the lunchtime Writers’ Lounge gatherings)

We hold some workshops and the noontime Writers’ Lounge gatherings at the comfortable Bambury Guesthouse just up the hill from the very lively center of Dingle. The other workshops, plus talks and readings by both faculty and participants, are held in the center of town and at the historic Diseart Centre of Irish Spirituality and Culture.

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 will be forthcoming.  It’s a good idea to claim your spot as early as possible as slots in each are 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.

Wednesday is free for exploration of the gorgeous Dingle Peninsula, which National Geographic once called “the most beautiful place on earth.” Take that time to read and write, and also to enjoy activities in the area, including visiting Great Blasket Island, walking the hills, riding horses on the strand, surfing, taking in a concert, 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 will be a fine way to cap our week together.