Sean and Columbia Hillen have been providing creative writing courses in Donegal, and more recently on The Black Sea at http://www.irelandwritingretreat.com
Sean has been a war correspondent, medical reporter, travel writer, editor and publisher and is the author of a novel “Pretty Ugly.” We first met last year at a local Christmas Craft Fair and exchanged books. You can read my post on the event HERE
I was invited to participate in a question and answer session on my memoir “Watching the Daisies” at their most recent retreat. Although I arrived feeling rather nervous at speaking to a group of international writers, I soon relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
A group of seven ladies hailing from the United States and New Zealand asked me an eclectic bunch of questions including the inspiration for my prologue – “Rainbows Over Belfast,” my writing and self publishing journey, my experiences as a natural medicines therapist, and Donegal’s wealth of legends on the fairy folk!
Sean followed up with a group exercise, asking participants to write and then read a possible opening paragraph for their own memoirs.
The responses were superb, inventive and lots of fun.
My muse and I left the retreat feeling somewhat inspired.
The photographs for this post were taken by Columbia Hillen.
Brigid P. Gallagher