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Scroll down to read our articles on who exactly is who in Irish publishing – from agents to editors, state agencies to organisations, this is section is essential reading for anyone new to the industry.

A Year of Reading Irish by Caroline Doherty de Novoa
Posted by Caroline Doherty de Novoa in .

I’ve spent a lot of time this past year talking about guilt, about exile and return, and about mammies, and about the guilt mammies can instil in their offspring when said...

The Craft of Writing: Beneath the Skin by Caroline England
Posted by Caroline England in .

I haven’t been on a creative writing course or studied language or literature at any level higher than A level. I haven’t even opened a book on the subject! So...

Story Crew Writing Clubs: What We Can Learn From Young Writers by...

Why I Set Up Story Crew Writing Clubs for Children All children are different. Some are sporty. Others love acting or singing. Some like to dance. These children join sports...

Revision: Getting Past the Pain Barrier by Rachel Crowther
Posted by Rachel Crowther in , .

I still remember the first story I wrote. It was on a single piece of paper, with widely spaced lines to allow for the somewhat wayward script of five-year-old authors,...

The Transition from Legal to Fiction Writing: Two Lost Boys by L.F....
Posted by L.F. Robertson in .

Fiction writers often come from careers that involve writing of other types.  They may be newspaper reporters, doctors, police detectives, advertising copy writers, college professors.  Many writers of legal thrillers...

How Can You Tell When Editorial Feedback is ‘Right’ by Catherine Ryan...
Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard in , , .

You write a book. You decide the world needs it. Ideally, you then either: Submit it to an agent who finds you a publisher Or self-publish in a professional way....

Achieving Your Goals with the Wheel of Life by Andrea Hayes
Posted by Andrea Hayes in , .

  Intentions are the seeds to achieving our goals, but many of us need help to harness our intentions and put them to good use. Make it your intention to create...

The Importance of Location by Dominic Utton
Posted by Dominic Utton in , .

What do you feel to be the most important part of a novel? A pacy plot? Strong, believable characters? Dialogue that helps advance both plot and character? Perhaps it’s structure,...

Meeting Deadlines and Never Giving Up by Natasha Mac a’Bháird
Posted by Natasha Mac a’Bháird in .

  My second book in the Star Club series, Starring Meg, is out this month. It’s my seventh book overall, and will be quickly followed by the eighth which is...

Why Your Writing Should Never Be Perfect by Ciara O’Connor

‘Ok, I want you to draw this jam jar for me.’ I’m in my first ever art class and the teacher is figuring out what kind of level I’m at....