A Guest Speaker at Ireland Writing Retreat
Public speaking is incredibly helpful in promoting books. It can help to raise your public profile and put your book in front of potential readers.
I really enjoy inspiring others and public speaking was a big part of the twenty years I spent as a natural medicines therapist.
Ireland Writing Retreat
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
Questions and Answers
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 LOTS 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!
Inspired by The Writers in the Group
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.
I have since then spoken to more participants at Ireland Writing Retreat – a serendipitous result of networking at Christmas Craft Fairs.
Do you enjoy public speaking? What positive outcomes have you experienced?
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/r5GCjaetgZk
Categories: My Self Publishing and Marketing Journey