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Writing Your First Short Stories by Orla McAlinden

My children were going to grow up without a grandfather. I’d never known my grandfathers either, nor my grannies. All I had of them were a few snatched recollections, here...

Writing Short Stories by Daragh Fleming

Short stories are fun. They’re little glimpses of some obscure off-shot of life. The great thing about writing a short story is that, once you have a spark, the story...

Tips For Writing Short Stories: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
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I’m not naturally inclined to writing short stories. Despite leaning towards shorter word counts on my novels, I naturally go for story ideas that lend themselves to an ongoing series....

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...

A Reason, or Two, to Enter Competitions by Kathryn Burke

I write while I walk, a good way of getting oxygen and inspiration. I work on the move. I, and other people, have the bruises to prove it. When I...

Kick Starting Your Writing Career
Posted by Marie Hannan-Mandel in .

Entering writing competitions is a great way to get yourself writing. I’ve been a competition junkie since I entered the Cosmopolitan Young Journalist Contest when I was in secondary school....

Writing Short Stories (2) by Lane Ashfeldt
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If you took a university writing course or even a short informal writing course, the chances are your tutor would present you with a list of what they might call...

Writing Short Stories by Lane Ashfeldt
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In my writing life so far I’ve worn out at least a couple of computer keyboards — it’s always the ‘e’ and the ‘s’ that go first, with me. With...

How to Write a Brilliant Christmas Short Story for Children

This week Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin of writing.ie together with children’s book enthusiast Kim Harte and international bestselling author Deirdre Purcell, judged the TV3 Christmas Short Story competition – the results...

Short Story Tips from A Master Storyteller: Donal Ryan
Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin in , .

Last week news that Booker shortlisted Donal Ryan had won the hugely prestigious Guardian First Book Award was announced, and with a special interest in short stories, as sponsor of...