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Dalkey Creates: Why Workshops Work by Catherine Ryan Howard
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The very first writing workshop I ever attended turned me off them for life (I thought at the time). Fifteen years ago I spent three whole weeks* as a Lancaster University undergrad,...

What Every Writer About to Submit Should Know by Faith Hogan
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Faith Hogan lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and two very fussy cats. She has an Hons Degree in English Literature and Psychology, has worked...

A Whole New Readership: Gold by Geraldine Mills

I was facilitating a workshop some weeks ago with fourth class and one of the young girls asked me why I had switched from writing for adults to that of...

He Said, She Said; Sarah Webb’s 10 Tips on Dialogue
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I love writing dialogue and it’s only taken me fifteen years to nail it! My first novel was called Three Times a Lady and it was published in 2000. The...

What Every New Writer Should Know…by Faith Hogan
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Faith Hogan lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and two very fussy cats. She has an Hons Degree in English Literature and Psychology, has worked...

Writing Winning Short Stories by Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin
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As this years judges consider the Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award 2016 entries, we’ve got some tips for you for writing short stories: Award winning short story writer...

Digging Out of Dead-End Scenes by Lindsay J. Pryor
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Whether you’re writing your first story or you’re several books in, a plotter or a pantser, we’ve all had it happen – sometimes a scene simply won’t work. What do...

Writing for Children – How To Make Your Book Age-Appropriate by Judi...
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As a primary school teacher who’s been writing for children for many years, I’m regularly asked how I make sure that my books are age-appropriate. This is a really difficult...

Keeping It Real In Dialogue by Mandy Baggot
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Dialogue, and the ensuing ping pong as my characters word-jive with each other, is my absolute favourite thing about writing. If I’m really truthful, my dream job would have been...

Hold Onto Your Dreams by Colleen Coleman
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I knew I loved reading, writing, talking and gossip. I imagined that becoming a writer would give me license to indulge in all of the above. As a schoolgirl in...