The Inspiration Project

International bestselling Irish authors, Hazel Gaynor, Carmel Harrington and Catherine Ryan Howard launch a writing retreat with a difference: THE INSPIRATION PROJECT.

Our Refreshers Week event will take place at the Fitzwilliam Hotel, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 on Saturday 29th September from 9:30am to 5:30pm (registration opens at 8:45am). Tickets are priced at €99 each
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The Inspiration Project is a new concept in writing retreats, offering what the founders call ‘creative time- outs’: weekend events which focus on delivering practical advice about the publishing industry and developing a career as a writer, while also giving participants the time, space and inspiration to focus on individual creative goals. The concept is the brain-child of three successful Irish authors who, in the last five years, have all made the leap from slush piles and rejection to global publishing deals and bestseller lists, and who all now make a living from their writing and believe others can, too.

With a total of 14 bestselling historical, crime and commercial fiction novels between them, Hazel Gaynor, Carmel Harrington and Catherine Ryan Howard are excited to offer an event which focuses on delivering positive and practical advice to help writers fulfil their creative dreams. ‘So often when we were trying to get published, we repeatedly heard how difficult it is, not to mention how it is practically impossible to make a living from writing. While it certainly isn’t easy, we are proof that it can happen. We asked ourselves, what advice would have helped us before the good stuff started happening, and what did we learn after our books hit the shelves? With this in mind, we’ve designed a weekend writing retreat which we believe will work for writers at any stage of the publication journey. If you don’t know where to start, don’t know what to do now that you’ve reached ‘THE END’, or even if you already have a book deal but don’t know what to do next, we’re here to help, and inspire – not deter.’

The weekend creative time-outs will focus on a series of Inspiration Shots (dynamic 45-minute coaching sessions packed full of useful information on everything from writing a synopsis to understanding the publishing process), but will also include blocks of uninterrupted writing time, writing prompts (for those who need them), and one-on-one mentoring sessions. ‘We know how busy life is and how difficult it can be to find time to write and think without distraction,’ the founders explain. ‘The Inspiration Project is all about providing an opportunity for writers – at any stage of their career – to check out of everyday life and check in with their writing, and to do so in an environment where they can think big and dream even bigger.

A lot can happen in 48 hours, and we’ve devised a programme that makes every minute count before our participants return to their busy lives.’



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