Friday, October 18, 2019


If you want one-on-one time with dynamite professionals while experiencing the beguiling splendor of Ireland, read further to find out more.


Before this conference and tour week begins, you will be invited to submit a number of manuscript pages for the author/editor and agent to review. Each will edit your pages ahead of time and, during the conference, offer advice in one-on-one sessions. They’ll also offer group classes, lead activities and discussions, and teach necessary marketing skills. You'll have opportunities to brainstorm, network with professionals, and meet potential beta and critique partners. A unique feature of this conference is the individual attention, which ensures that the week is flexible enough to engage and challenge writers of all levels—from the novice to the advanced, published author.
Writers' Conference with Tours of Counties Galway, Mayo & Clare


Multi-published, international bestselling author, Writers' Digest University instructor, and twenty-year profession author consultant and editor (and the first day of the conference is her birthday...let's celebrate together!)


In addition to being a successful, internationally published author of eight multi-award-winning novels, Donna has also been a professional editor and story consultant for the past twenty-five years. Her work spans more than 40 manuscripts. She is also a writing instructor for Writer’s Digest University and teaches writing courses at her state’s most prestigious adult learning center. Donna has presented and conducted workshops at national and academic conferences for nearly twenty years, including the Historical Novel Society Conference, Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, Hollihock Writers’ Conference, and many more.

Donna’s personal writing successes include GILDED SUMMERS, an International Amazon Bestseller. Its sequel, GILDED DREAMS, will release in June of 2020.   Her other titles include PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY: Da Vinci’s Disciples Book One (a finalist in Foreword Reviews BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR, hailed by Barnes and Noble as one of ‘5 novels that get Leonardo da Vinci Right’), and THE COMPETITION: Da Vinci’s Disciples Book Two (EDITOR’S CHOICE, Historical Novel Society Review),  THE FLAMES OF FLORENCE: Da Vinci’s Disciples Book Three, The King’s Agent, recipient of a starred review in Publishers Weekly, The Courtier of Versailles, The Secret of the Glass, and To Serve a King. She has also authored, BIRTH: ONCE UPON A TIME BOOK ONE, a medieval fantasy and the first in a trilogy.


successful agent with Marsal Lyon Literary,

Patricia Nelson has been a literary agent with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency since 2014, representing all genres of young adult and middle-grade fiction, as well as women's fiction and romance. Her clients include award-winning and bestselling authors, and recent sales include books placed with Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, St. Martin's Press, and Simon & Schuster, among others. She holds master's degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Southern California and has previously taught literature and writing at the college level.

Find out more about Patricia and her clients at  Marsal Lyon Agent, Patricia Nelson and on Twitter @patricianels.

Successful author, Donna Russo Morin, and successful agent, Patricia Nelson, have more than just success in common. Not only have they gotten many books published, but they’ve also both taught and mentored a multitude of writers who are enjoying their own successes. While Donna’s award-winning novels are historical fiction, she’s coached and edited in multiple genres. Patricia represents clients writing YA, MG, as well as Adult historical fiction, upmarket commercial, women’s fiction, and plot-driven literary. From Writers’ Digest classes to genre-specific mega-conferences, to smaller learning facilities, these ladies have shared their expertise on how to create fiction that flies off the shelves.

During the conference week, Donna and Patricia will teach a variety of important aspects of the craft, like formulating a compelling premise, and how to keep readers turning pages. As a multi-published author, Donna will share tips on how to stay productive, keeping both your publisher and your readers, happy. Patricia can share tips about current trends in publishing, and what it takes to snare an agent’s attention.

If you want to learn the secrets of literary success, join us for this conference and tour in the beautiful west of Ireland.

Your conference and tour base will be a tiny village in the west of Ireland. This tranquil setting is home to quite a few artists, musicians and writers because of its inspiring atmosphere. The peace and dramatic beauty of the area can have a profound effect on your writing. At the same time, you'll be touring throughout the western half of the country to the varied sights listed below.

Our Tour begins at 2:00pm with a shuttle pick up in Galway City
Participants are whisked away to the hotel where they can freshen up before -
A tour of a 14th Century Abbey, the best-preserved ruin of its type
Evening - Back to your hotel for a brief rest before the welcoming banquet and a talk from our featured guest teachers.

A tour of –
---12th Century Castle
--Ancient Stone Circle
--Stop for lunch in a Quaint Old Village with loads of history and legend, followed by:
   --Opening workshop with Donna and Patricia

On the tour trail again to -
--A 7th Century Abbey
--The largest lake in the Republic of Ireland
--A hike through a faerie forest to a cave with eerie true stories
--Dinner at your leisure in the village

A full day of writers conference, exercises, and individual editing, with a break for lunch
Drinks with an agent while you pitch your story

A tour of -
--The tallest round tower in existence, circa 7th century
--Beautiful bay with picturesque sailboats and currachs
--A castle featured in so many photos, you’re sure to recognize it!
--The Burren
--The most famous dolmen in Ireland, a burial site of ancient king
--Charming seaside town with excellent homemade Irish fudge
--Cliffs of Moher – possibly the most photographed and breath-taking scenery in Ireland

A full day of writers conference, exercises, and editing, and workshopping your manuscript, with a break for lunch
--Visit to the 16th-century castle home of a pirate queen
--Dinner in Galway and a pub crawl

The day begins with a ferry ride to Inis Mór, the largest Aran Island off the coast of Galway.

Once there, you may choose a bike or van tour of the island, including Dún Aengus, the prehistoric ring fort perched on cliffs high above the ocean, an ancient holy well, a seal colony, and, of course, the famous Aran handknit sweaters (available on the island at a greatly reduced price).

--A half-day of writers conference, exercises, and editing.
--A tour into the heart of Connemara, including yet another castle.

We say our good-byes and the shuttle returns you to Galway station

*This tour involves walking and possibly a bit of low climbing

 This conference/tour will be limited to twelve to fifteen participants to ensure individual attention, and will be tailored to the needs of the writers who enroll.


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