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Writing retreats & residencies – what do you want to know?

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Anyone who knows me also knows that I find travel as important as words, and so I often combine the two to keep my writing fresh and my motivation at optimum level. This might mean heading off for a period of time alone, to somewhere new or inspiring, or, more regularly, attending a writing residency or retreat.

I have been to many retreats and residencies in Ireland and abroad, including the UK, Australia, France, Spain and Iceland. I usually spend between a week to month in residence, and every time I find that I need something different from my stay and I set very different goals – these depend on my workload, deadlines, priorities etc and also my current energy and stress levels.

I’m often asked about my residencies, and my need to travel, and as I’m about to embark on yet another three-week residency (all will be revealed on Tuesday), I’d thought I’d open it up to you guys. I’m going to use part of my time there to talk about the residency experience on blogs, instagram and twitter, but I want the chat to resonate with you – I want it to be helpful or interesting for you.

So tell me, what would you like to know about residencies?

Are you interested in how the format works or how to settle in? The kinds of people you meet or how you get through a day focusing solely on creative work? Do you want to know how to apply or how to get the most out of your stay? This is your chance to have your questions answered!

Comment below (or tweet me) – including any ideas of what format you would like me to use for my updates – and I’ll see what I can do. 

Happy writing! E x

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