RETREAT AND Explore your creativity 2020!

Want to meet and work with other writers, but in a more intimate setting than a writing conference? A writing retreat might be just the ticket. Vertikal Creative Ventures presents one of many retreats for creatives and this year it’s on the beautiful and mysterious country of Ireland. Sign up now for 2020!


“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”

-George Bernard Shaw


We invite you to take time out to experience the landscape, art, people and story that has captivated so many. Retreat with a small group of writers & poets in Tullamore, County Offaly Ireland.  This retreat is about more than sitting in a classroom its being among people seeking space, rest, challenge and clarity for the next steps in your writing life.  This retreat will be facilitated by North Carolina, U.S.A. Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton-Green. Embrace this journey and go on an inner person experience that might last a lifetime.


Discover Unlimited Beauty

Retreat facilitator

Jaki Shelton-Green, Poet Laureate of North Carolina

Jaki Shelton Green is the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate. When he appointed her in 2018, Governor Copper stated that “Jaki Shelton Green brings a deep appreciation of our state’s diverse communities to her role as an ambassador of North Carolina literature. Jaki’s appointment is a wonderful new chapter in North Carolina’s rich literary history.”


 Her collegiate and professional experiences include currently teaching Documentary Poetry at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies, Visiting Professor for the Carlow University MFA Program, Lenoir-Rhyne University Writer-in-Residence, Duke University Teaching for Equity Fellow, Taller Portobelo Artist Colony in Portobelo Panama, University of Panama, Department of Cultural Resources for Brazil, North Carolina Turkish Association, Alhambra Cultural Center in Marrakech Morocco, NC Symphony,  NC African America Cultural Heritage Commission.

She is the owner of SistaWRITE and co-partner with Dream Yourself Awake and Vertikal Creative Ventures providing writing retreats and travel excursions for women writers in Sedona Arizona, Ocracoke North Carolina, Agadir Morocco, and Tullamore Ireland.

Awards include Orange County Baha’i 2019 Light of Unity Award, 2019 NC Humanities Council Caldwell Award, 2019 American Academy of Poets Laureate Fellowship, 2018 Tar Heel of the Year Finalist2018 Indies Arts Award, 2018 NC Literary and Historical Association R. Hunt Parker Award, 2018 Phi Beta Kappa Award, 2017-2018 Duke University Faculty Travel Grants, 2017 Certification of Teacher Excellence presented by the Kingdom of Morocco Ministry of National Education, 2016 Kathryn H. Wallace Award for Artists in Community Service2014 NC Literary Hall of Fame Inductee, 2014 Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2010 Fine Arts Emerald Award (Raleigh LINKS), 2009 NC Piedmont Laureate appointment, 2007 Sam Ragan Award for Contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina, 2003 recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature (the highest award the state can bestow for significant contributions in science, literature, fine arts, and public service), 2003 North Caroliniana Society induction. Jaki Shelton Green is the recipient of two NC Emerging Artist Grants, the African American Writer’s Collective Distinction Award, NC Writers Network Blumenthal Award2002 Omega Iota Finer Womanhood Award (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority) Delta Arts Award (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority)

Jaki Shelton Green is the author of eight collections of poetry: Dead on Arrival, Dead on Arrival and New Poems, Masks, Conjure Blues, singing a tree into dance, breath of the song, published by Carolina Wren Press and Blair Publishers. Her other publications; Feeding the Light, I Want to Undie You are published by Jacar Press. Her poetry has been published in over eighty national and international anthologies and featured in magazines such as Essence and Ms. Magazine.


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Proposed Itinerary for Vertikal Creative Ventures Writer’s Retreat.  Retreat Facilitator/Writer in Residence, North Carolina Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green.  Itinerary may change due to weather, scheduled dates of venue, or changes in the workshop schedule.

August 6th, 2020 Leave US

Our journey begins by leaving the U.S. You want to arrive in Dublin at 9:00 am on Friday, August 7th, 2020.  Our transportation to Tullamore we will meet at 10:00 AM. Lunch on the way to Tullamore.  Check-in at Grennan’s Get Settled, Open Space Day. Welcome reception.  See our flight suggestions.

Day Two – Saturday

8:30 AM Breakfast
10 to Noon Creative Salon- Journey Exercise
Lunch at Shakefest  
Tour of Charleville Castle
4:30 PM Explore Tullamore
Dinner in Tullamore

Day Three – Sunday

8:30 AM Breakfast
9:30-11:45 am Creativity Salon “Building Our Human Museums”
Noon Sunday Lunch @ The Blue Apron Restaurant
2:00-4:00 PM Creativity Salon Building Our Human Museums
4-5:30 pm Open Space
Private Consultations w/Jaki
6:30 pm Community Potluck, Grennan’s Country House
7:30 pm Community Share of Building Our Human Museums



Day Four – Monday

8:30 AM Breakfast
9:30 am Excursion to Dublin
Lunch and Dinner in Dublin

Proposed Itinerary for Vertikal Creative Ventures Writer’s Retreat.  Retreat Facilitator/Writer in Residence, North Carolina Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green.   Itinerary may change due to weather, scheduled dates of venue, or changes in the workshop schedule.

Day Five – Tuesday

8:30 am Breakfast
9:30 am Open Space
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 5:30 pm Open Space



Day Six – Wednesday

8:30 am Breakfast
9:30 am  Excursion to  Galway
Lunch  at Thoor Ballylee (?)
Dinner in Galway


Day Seven – Thursday

8:30 am Breakfast|
Open Space
Private Consultations w/Jaki
Noon – 3:00 pm Picnic Lunch at Charleville Castle
“Writing Alone Together ” Open Space at Charleville Castle
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Open Space
Private Consultations w/Jaki
6:00 pm Dinner in Tullamore
Pub Crawl

Day Eight – Friday

8:30 am Breakfast
10:00 am Excursion to Tullamore DewHeritage Center
Sightseeing in the area
4:00 pm  Return to Grennan’s Country House
5:30 pm Community Potluck, Grennan’s Country House
An Evening of Music and Words

Proposed Itinerary for Vertikal Creative Ventures Writer’s Retreat.  Retreat Facilitator/Writer in Residence, North Carolina Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green.  Itinerary may change due to weather, scheduled dates of venue, or changes in the workshop schedule.

Day Nine – Saturday

8:30 am Breakfast

10:00 am-noon “Writing in Liminal Spaces” Creativity Salon
12:30 pm Lunch at The Brewery Tap, High Street, Tullamore
Open Space

Day Ten – Sunday

8:30 am Breakfast

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Celebration of Creativity Dinner and Community Sharing, Grennan’s Country House

August 17th Arrive in the U.S.  

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Workshop at Charleville Castle

Fortis ~ Cadere ~ Cedere ~ Non ~ Portis

Charleville Castle which grew from paper doodles in early 1798 to grandiose plans by the end of that very eventful year in Ireland. Will be just one of our retreat workshop locations.  It was built by Charles William Bury, Earl of Charleville and was designed by Francis Johnston, one of the leading architects of the day. Charleville Castle is said to be the finest example of gothic-revival architecture in the country. This is a veritable gothic castle of grand proportions. It owes its "Tin Soldier Fortress" look to the celebration of victory over the third French revolutionary expedition to Ireland.  Tour the land and find places to embrace your writing journey.

A Look AT possible day trips around irelAND! 

Cozy pubs, welcoming locals and green landscapes as far as the eye can see—experience everything the Emerald Isle has to offer on a tour of Ireland.

Ireland is beloved worldwide as an enchanting land where legend and reality mingle. At one point voted by Frommers Guide readers as their favorite holiday destination in the world, it’s now your turn to discover the mystique and charm of the Emerald Isle.

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