Kylemore Abbey

Residency Programs

Notre Dame Kylemore's residency programs provide the opportunity for an eclectic range of artistic, musical, dance, business, and writing initiatives to grow and flourish in the beauty and tranquility of Connemara. Open registration to these programs invite living, learning and communing in a setting that is inspirational. Residents can establish connections with peers in their field by participating in tailored programs housed in the Centre, a facility featuring classroom, dining, and social space located on the grounds of the Kylemore Abbey Estate. These value-driven programs, created by and with master's of their trade, will allow for creativity, insight and deep reflection with focused concentration. The goal of these programs is to produce innovative work that will positively impact others in a variety of disciplines that serve the greater good of humanity.

Capture Your Life's Fire: A Memoir Writing Workshop

Join award-winning author, columnist and speaker Heather King for Capture Your Life's Fire: A Memoir Writing Workshop. The format for this weeklong workshop will include talks, discussions, prompts, and plenty of quiet writing time. You’ll learn tips and techniques to help you structure your stories, envision your narrative arcs, and adapt our life events into a chronological memoir. The only requirement to attend is a desire to establish a more dedicated and structured way to write.

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MFA: Art Residency Program

Partnered with the New York Academy of Art, the Royal Hibernian Academy, and the University of Notre Dame's MFA in art program, this month-long residency program has representation from all over the world. Through this program, students have the opportunity to be exposed to the Irish professional art scene, visit galleries throughout the country as well as experience local Irish art studios. 

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Winter Writing Session

The Winter Writing Session at Kylemore is a residency programme (Sunday to Friday) for writers who are seriously working on a work of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. The programme provides opportunities to connect with fellow writers and attend discussions/talks by a professional writer-in-residence. Room and board are included. 

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Writing Residency Week

Join a like minded group of peers in the peaceful and inspiring surroundings of Kylemore Estate for our annual writers residency week. The stunning beauty of the Connemara landscape provides the perfect setting for inspiration and reflection. Take time to complete a piece of work or continue writing at your own pace in a quiet and comfortable environment.

Cost: $700.00 Euros/USD per person

Accommodation and meals are provided, our in house chef uses the finest of local produce to create wholesome and fulfilling dishes. 

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