It’s official, you can now borrow The National Emerging Writer Programme from your local library! Launched by Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht at Dublin’s Pearse Street Library, the DVD is now available in libraries and mobile libraries nationwide.
The National Emerging Writer Programme harnesses the experience and expertise of three of Ireland’s leading writers, Carlo Gebler, Sinead Moriarty and Declan Hughes, bringing it on video directly to those who can benefit from it most – emerging writers. As Jane Alger, Director of Dublin City of Literature said, “The development of a National Emerging Writer programme by Dublin City of Literature will continue to focus world attention on Irish writing and provide support and education for writers across the country. We hope that the National Emerging Writer Programme will have a significant and tangible impact on writing in Ireland, a legacy that will result in many new writers emerging on the world stage.”
Carlo Gebler, and crime fiction and script writer, Declan Hughes, joined transition year girls from Muckross Park School, Jane Alger, Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Margaret Hayes of Dublin City Libraries (and chair of Dublin City of Literature ), and a room full of emerging and published writers to see Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht launch The National Emerging Writer Programme. With his home town Listowel, Co. Kerry, home to one of the country’s biggest literary festivals and an author himself, Minister Deenihan fully understands the needs of writers for information and resources and has recently launched an exciting initiative with the Department of Education to address just this. Despite a tight schedule, he made a point to spend extra time chatting to the girls from Muckross Park School and the other writers in the room.
Indeed conversation was very much writing focused between guests and the authors who feature in the DVD. In addition to his work as Writer in Residence at HMP Maghaberry, Carlo Gebler is about to take on the lead role in Trinity College’s MPhil in Creative Writing, while the renowned Gerald Dawe is on secondment to Galway (Dawe is the inaugural director of the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, where he directs the graduate writing programme, and Professor in English with the School of English at Trinity College Dublin). Declan Hughes is currently working on several exciting film and script projects, and with their combined talents, they have huge advice and experience to pass on to new writers. We missed Sinead Moriarty, our third Emerging Writer Progamme mentor, who was unavoidably out of the country, but were delighted to see writer Sarah Webb as well as David Maybury and Dr. Stephen Doherty of the Under Thirty Project, and many others at the launch. Several members of the Writing.ie team including Barbara Scully, Elizabeth Rose Murray, Paul FitzSimons, and Hazel Gaynor were also on site to support the initiative.
The programme went live online here on writing.ie on 1st January, but the DVD, available in libraries nationwide, gives writers all the information in one re-watchable format. Showcasing the excellence of Irish writing, and giving new writers in Ireland and worldwide tangible help in developing their craft, the National Emerging Writer Programme has been developed by www.writingie, building on the experience Vanessa O’Loughlin gained through founding Inkwell Writers Workshops, later The Inkwell Group, the first provider of one day intensive best-seller led workshops in Ireland.
Consisting of three 40 minute videos: ‘Start Writing’, ‘Telling the Story’ and ‘Revising, Rewriting and Overcoming Obstacles’, The National Emerging Writer Progamme focuses on essential writing technique and is packed full of tips for both new and experienced writers. It is worth watching whatever your stage in writing, and whatever your genre – and watch it all. Every section has been edited to give you all-round solid advice that will stick in your head and help form your writing.
Watch the trailer here: http://youtu.be/fl0vUoQEmM4
Vanessa O’Loughlin said, “The National Emerging Writer programme gives all writers the benefit of the expertise and experience of three of Ireland’s leading novelists, allowing new writers to view content at a time that suits them and to work at their own pace. Writing is a solitary profession and support is essential. Writing.ie aims to showcase Irish writing talent on a global scale and to provide encouragement and practical assistance to new writers – The National Emerging Writer programme is a natural extension of our core objectives and we were delighted to work with the Dublin City of Literature team on this exciting project.”
Click here to view Starting to Write
Click here to view Telling the Story
Click here to view Revising, Rewriting and Overcoming Obstacles.
Click here for Support Materials
In addition to the video, additional PDF support materials are available to assist new writers in conjunction with the project at writing.ie.
Dublin is the fourth city to receive the prestigious UNESCO City of Literature designation, and is a city where writers are not remote figures, but are part of the everyday landscape. The novelist Anne Enright has claimed that ‘In other towns, clever people go out and make money. In Dublin, clever people go home and write their books.’