Ireland Travel Writing & Photography Workshop


Wayfarers to come with us as we go Storytelling Along the
Wild Atlantic Way


You & a group of like-minded adventurous souls, in the expert hands of a renowned travel photographer and travel writer. 


Storytelling Along the Wild Atlantic Way is an enriching one- or two-week adventure in learning and camaraderie for the culturally curious traveler. Over 7 or 15 days (your choice) you’ll experience a deep immersion in the real Ireland, exploring its history and culture in the company of two experts in storytelling, who will introduce you to the best local storytellers of the Wild Atlantic Way. This unique trip will incorporate lectures on photography and narrative travel writing, allowing you to learn two valuable skills in the course of one unforgettable trip to Ireland.


Aug. 23-Sept. 7, 2019

Aug. 23-30 along Northwest Wild Atlantic Way

Aug. 30-Sept. 7 along Southwest Wild Atlantic Way

Or come for the entire journey Aug. 23-Sept. 7, 2019.

More dates in 2020 to be announced.


Wander with us along The West coast of Ireland, and meet the storytellers of the Wild Atlantic Way


Because there are few more storied countries on Earth than Ireland. There are few better storytellers anywhere than the Irish. And there are few more beautiful places on Earth to go looking for a good story than on this Celtic nation at the western tip of Europe.

Why not?

Your call…
Sign up now for the ultimate storytelling journey through a land where the craic (fun and storytelling) is the measure of a good night out. 

—Highlights will include:

History & Culture of Ireland

  • A visit to Ashford Castle, built by Norman invaders, once the hunting lodge of the Guinness family, and host to U.S. Presidents, European royalty, and Hollywood stars.
  • Learning the lessons of history at Strokestown House, as we learn how the stories of Ireland’s modern-day refugees reflect those of Ireland’s historical emigrants, at the Museum of the Irish Famine.
  • Enjoy traditional Irish music in the pubs of Galway and the villages of County Clare, with a lecture from a master musician on the power and inspiration of Irish ‘trad.’
  • Expert tour of Galway by a local historian.

The Scenic Beauty of the West of Ireland

  • Exploring the legendary landscapes of the Connemara region, with a lecture from a local historian.
  • A stay on rugged Achill Island, where Holy Wells and the legend of Ireland’s Pirate Queen reflect the island’s history of saints and sinners.
  • Learning about the unique lunar landscapes of the Burren, and discovering the flora and fauna that secretly thrive here.
  • Traveling through the Kingdom of Kerry, one of the most inspiring landscapes on Earth.
  • A trip to the Skellig Islands,* a place so remote and otherworldly that it has served as an ancient monastic retreat and as a location for a Star Wars film.

(*Subject to weather conditions on the day of sailing)

Meet your instructors:

Justin Kavanagh grew up in County Wicklow, the “garden of Ireland.” He studied English literature and philosophy at University College Dublin, before leaving his homeland to work in London, Tokyo, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington D.C. Kavanagh’s career in journalism began at the Irish Press in Dublin, and he has written widely on culture, current affairs, and sport for The Globalist online magazine (Washington, D.C.), The Independent (London), 90:00 (San Diego), The Title (Dublin), and In Dublin magazine. He has worked as an editor for National Geographic International Editions, which publishes magazines, books, and other media in more than 35 languages; he was also a senior editor for National Geographic Travel Books, where he edited and wrote guidebooks on Ireland, New York City, and a host of other destinations worldwide. He is currently writing National Geographic’s Complete National Parks of Europe.

During this workshop you’ll learn travel writing and narrative storytelling for Instagram, Facebook & other social media:

  • How to find the best stories
  • How to research a compelling travel story
  • How to interview people and let them tell their story
  • How to capture a sense of place in your travel writing
  • How to shade your narrative with local history and culture
  • How to write a great story, even when you only have 2,200 characters
  • Becoming a culturally curious traveler

Photographer Jeff Mauritzen’s images have appeared in hundreds of publications, including over a dozen National Geographic Books, several National Geographic Traveler Magazine articles (UK & Korea), several Lonely Planet guidebooks, BBC Travel, Washingtonian magazine, Virginia Tourism, and numerous other publications. In addition to assignment work, Jeff is also a seasoned and popular photography expert, guiding and lecturing on natural history-focused trips around the world for the last 7 years. Jeff lives in northern Virginia with his wife, daughter, and rescue greyhound.

Lectures on Travel Photography & Visual Storytelling will include

  • Capturing a sense of place in your travel photography
  • Going beyond the postcards shots
  • Catching a moment
  • Capturing personality in a portrait
  • How to frame a story in an image
  • How to create compelling visual narratives about places and people
  • How to get your audience to connect with a place
  • How to become a storytelling travel photographer

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