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Resources for Writers

Here we aim to give you solid tips and advice to improve your writing from a wide range of Irish authors.

Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, scripts or poetry we hope that you will find articles here to guide and inspire you. If you have queries on a topic we haven't covered here, drop us an email or post your question on our members blog where you will find help and support from other writers.

Writing for Television: Nailing the Synopsis by Caren Kennedy
Posted by Caren Kennedy in .

First published back in 2012, this article is consistently one of the most popular resource pieces from the extensive Writing.ie archive. Synopsis.  Summary.  Two words capable of striking fear into ...continue reading >>

What to do before you start writing by Olivia Rana
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I’ve been writing for over twenty years, and much of this time has been spent trying to improve my skills as a writer. I started out going to evening classes, ...continue reading >>

Submissions Call: The Passage Between
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Submissions Deadline: Open The Passage Between is a transatlantic literary magazine founded by two close friends that found themselves separated by the Atlantic. We mix the literary movements of Ireland, the ...continue reading >>

Making Your Novel Audiobook Friendly by Bill Ricardi
Posted by Bill Ricardi in , .

Recently I was asked why my debut trilogy was picked up for audiobook publication so quickly. The standard answers apply of course: Luck, advertising, making a good impression on first ...continue reading >>

Building a Character Arc: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

This week I’d like to go into an important aspect of writing, who your story is about: the characters. As much as you need to take care with your setting ...continue reading >>

Using Your Home as a Backdrop to a Novel by Nicola Cassidy
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Nicola Cassidy, author of December Girl, reflects on the research that led her to write her debut set in the Boyne Valley, in a week that saw the famous site ...continue reading >>

Submissions Call: Skein Press
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Submissions Deadline: Open Fionnuala Cloke and Gráinne O’Toole set up Skein Press in 2017. Fionnuala worked in publishing before going freelance as an editor and translator and Gráinne is a ...continue reading >>

The Accidental Memoir: Making it Real by Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper
Posted by Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper in , .

All writers strive to make their writing authentic. To make their dialogue, characters and situations real to the reader, believable. Memoir is real (while acknowledging that memory is fallible) so ...continue reading >>

Critical Analysis: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

I’ve been writing for a long time and if there’s one skill that has served me best out of everything I’ve learned, it’s critical analysis. Literary criticism is the study ...continue reading >>

Building Character: On Bone Bridge by Maria Hoey
Posted by Maria Hoey in , .

I was asked recently how I came up with the character of Kay Kelly. For those who have not read the book, Kay Kelly is the first-person narrator of my ...continue reading >>

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