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Developing Your Craft

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.

The Importance of Location by Dominic Utton
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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
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  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....

Writing Wisdom by Alana Kirk
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2016 is being hailed as a year to forget but for Irish writing it was one to remember. The year ended at the BGE Book Awards where some unforgettable books...

Finding Your Voice as a Writer by Patricia Caliskan

For most of us, it’s a condition easily treatable with a quick sip of honey and lemon or the kind offer of a Strepsil. Finding your voice sounds like some...

First Rules of #WriteClub by Sarah Hilary
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On New Year’s Day, I decided to share some writing rules and tips on Twitter. By midday, the hashtags #WriteClub and #WriteNow were trending and it had all gone a...

Learning from A Master: Niall William’s Workshop by Alana Kirk
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Some books grab us with plot, while others seduce us with connection, littered with words that seep through our skin and into our minds where they nestle for a while....

A Trumpless Net: The Ian Flitcoft Solution
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Writer Ian Flitcoft is just as appalled by events across the Atlantic as we are here at Writing.ie, and he’s put his skills to good use, as he explained, “My,...

Creativity Collateral: Tyrone Guthrie by Alana Kirk
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Can creativity be taught?  I don’t know.  But can it seep under your skin and and filter into your mind by sheer osmosis?  I think so. Certainly at Tyrone Guthrie...

How to Start a Book Club by Mary Burnham
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Mary Burnham is Dubray Books‘ Book Club Co-ordinator – when we first started Writing.ie, she penned us this excellent article that we felt needed another outing. Based in Dún Laoghaire, Mary...