Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Come to Ireland with me!

One of the great perks of my job is that I get to travel to Ireland for research. And I love to bring people along with me and share some of the amazing places I've discovered in many visits there. 

I'm taking a small group of 8 intrepid travelers this September, on a tour called "IRELAND: The Creative I," which will focus on Ireland as the inspiration for painting, photography, music, poetry and prose.

We'll spend 10 days and 9 nights in Connemara (a region of West Galway, and one of my most favorite places in Ireland), the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry, and West Clare, the home of some of the best traditional music in the world.

In addition to day trips to amazing places—historic sites, ancient ruins, and landscapes that will take your breath away—we'll also be talking with and learning from artists, photographers, musicians, and writers (myself included), as we follow our creative impulses. 

My partner in crime is Linda Rosen of Ireland On My Mind, a tour company that specializes in small groups and off-the-beaten-path adventures.

I'm putting together a reading list for the group, some of my favorite poets and novelists whose voices seem to rise up from the land:  Seamus Heaney, Edna O'Brien, Liam O'Flaherty, Patrick Kavanagh, and of course W.B. Yeats, among others. And I'm talking with musician friends to see if I can fix up some music sessions for us along the way as well.

This is going to be an excellent adventure. Hope you'll think about coming along with us.




Dunquin Pier, one of the fine sights along the Dingle coastline.
The ramp where the curraghs used to bring the sheep and cattle in from the Blasket islands...

Monday, February 2, 2015

Writing From Memory - History Theatre Class

I'll be teaching another session of Writing From Memory, a History Theatre memoir writing class open to all, starting on February 20!

Writing From Memory is a fun and accessible six-session writing workshop that will help you discover new ways to explore your own history. Using artifacts, photos, letters, music, maps, and timelines, we'll begin to explore significant chapters in your personal or family history, and with the tools of creative writing bring your memories to vivid life on the page.

The six sessions will include discussion, writing exercises, and time for sharing work with the class.

Absolutely no writing or theater experience necessary — everyone is welcome!

Meets Fridays from 10:00 am – 11:30 am
February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27.

Cost: 6 sessions for $150

Information and Registration