Two-Day Foundation Course

A 2-day/3-night residential course at various locations. For writers seeking inspiration but short on time.

A packed, two-day programme of short writing exercises and discussions with time for personal writing. You will draw on your life experience, knowledge of the business world, and inspiration from being in a remote, and beautiful place.

Hone your writing and enrich your understanding of the power of language and storytelling.
An introductory session takes place on the first evening. The next night, tutors read from their own work. The final evening students read from work they’ve done on the course. Tutors also hold half-hour writers' surgeries for each student.

The role of imaginative language, and the importance of stories and narrative writing to business writing are central to all Dark Angels courses.

Reserve your place

Course fee: £1,900 or €2,190.

£1,150 or €1,350 self-funded/freelance.


Mike Gogan & Jamie Jauncey

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Bookings & Travel

2020 April 28- May 1 (Tue - Fri) Availability BOOK

Lighting a spark ...

"It was an experience I'll remember for the rest of my life, and a bit of a personal epiphany. I wasn't sure I was brave enough to sign up – and I approached the course in a state of blind panic. But I'm so glad I came. Within an hour of returning, after an eight hour journey, I was writing. First thing the following morning, I started writing. It certainly lit a spark in me."

Anita Holford, Writing Services

Venue & facilities

Loughcrew House may have been razed to the ground in a fire (a contradictory-sounding idiom if ever there was one), but nothing has extinguished its hearty history and homely legacy.

We hold our Dark Angels course in the restored original servant’s quarters. These are set quirkily around a neat cobbled farmyard with its echoes of the solid, stately original house.

A big common room warms curious minds in the glow of its open fire and serves as a dining area and group space for our exercises. In other little nooks and crannies such as the orangery, ruined church, coffee shop and gardens you’ll find space and stimulation for your own work. And late, come to rest in a warm comfortable bedroom tucked away down a stone stairwell, or cornered off a landing.

Emily Napier owns and runs the house with her partner Charles and a team of friendly helpers. It’s a haven of quaint comfort and easy-going Irish charm.

Dark Angels Intensive Foundation, Loughcrew House

Getting there

Loughcrew is about an hour-and-a-half by car from Dublin via M3. Please see the link for Google Map directions. We usually have a shared taxi from Dublin Airport. Ask us if you’d like a lift.