About the Tours

MYSTERY WRITING & SERIES CRAFTING RETREAT IN IRELAND

June 1st through 8th 2014

with Successful Mystery Author, Susan Spann

Susan Spann writes the Shinobi mysteries featuring ninja detective Hiro Hattori and his Portuguese Jesuit sidekick, Father Mateo. CLAWS OF THE CAT (Minotaur Books 2013) was named a Library Journal Mystery Debut of the Month. The New York Journal of Books called CLAWS "an intriguing tale with dramatic descriptions and vivid characterizations," and RT Book Reviews called it "a fascinating and complicated mystery." The next Shinobi Mystery, BLADE OF THE SAMURAI, releases July 15, 2014. You can learn more about Susan at her website: http://www.SusanSpann.com/

You will be invited to submit a number of manuscript pages to Susan before this tour, which she will edit and discuss with you in one-on-one sessions during the tour. In addition, Susan will teach group classes on mystery writing and how to build a successful fiction series. 

Come to Ireland . . . for the mystery! 


  EDITING WRITERS RETREAT IN IRELAND

July 6th through 13th 2014

with Successful Author and Editor, Heather Webb

Heather Webb is a successful author and freelance editor. Her novel, BECOMING JOSEPHINE has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and released to national acclaim from Kirkus Reviews and the New York Journal of Books. As a freelance editor, Heather enjoys helping writers find their voice and hone their skills--not to mention offering marketing and author branding advice, or query and pitch help for The Great Agent Search. For more information, please visit: http://www.heatherwebbauthor.com/.

You will be invited to submit a number of manuscript pages to Heather before this tour. During one-on-one sessions, Heather will meet with writers to discuss their pages, advise on revisions, and teach necessary skills to bring your writing o the next level. In addition, she will lead activities and lessons in an informal group setting as she believes we all have something to learn from one another. 

If you want one-on-one time with a dynamite editor while touring the beauty of Ireland, this is the tour for you. 


WRITING MENTOR RETREAT IN IRELAND

September 7th through 14th 2014

with Best-Selling Author, Stephanie Cowell

Stephanie Cowell is the best-selling author of five novels, including MARRYING MOZART and CLAUDE & CAMILLE, and a winner of the American Book Award. According to the Washington Post, Stephanie is “one of the best and brightest writers.” January Magazine says that Stephanie has built “a reputation writing beautiful, cinematic books.” And the Boston Globe enthuses, “Cowell is nothing short of masterful." You can learn more about Stephanie on her website: http://www.stephaniecowell.com/

You will be invited to submit a limited number of manuscript or story pages to Stephanie before this tour which she will edit and advise you about during a private consultation. Over the years, Stephanie has been mentor and coach to many writers who have gone on to be successfully published. If you want to learn what it will feel like to achieve your goal of becoming a best-selling author—oh yeah—and tour the west of Ireland at the same time, this is the tour for you!