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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.

Converting Words into Money: Getting Paid to Write by Danielle Ward
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In a world where artificial intelligence is out to automate all laborious and repeatable tasks, creativity becomes one of the most invaluable skills to possess for humans. Writers, in spite ...continue reading >>

The World of Special Needs and Disabilities in Fiction by Carol Coffey
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Carol Coffey has used her extensive background in disabilities to bring the world of special needs to the wider population through her writing.  Here she talks about her novel The ...continue reading >>

Kicking it into Shape: Self-Editing Tips by Alison May
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A first draft is not a novel. A first draft is, at best, a potential novel. Different writers will have different amounts of potential in that first draft, but very ...continue reading >>

Crowdfunding, YouTube Trailers and Hollywood by James Vella-Bardon
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As a young boy growing up in Malta I was first entranced by action-adventure when I read Tolkien’s Rings trilogy. The scene of the fellowship racing through the Mines of ...continue reading >>

Submissions Call: HCE Review
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Submissions deadline: open Fiction/Poetry/Creative Non-Fiction/Art HCE Review (ISSN 2009-9916) is a quarterly online literary journal launched in 2016 by the MA and MFA Creative Writing courses at University College Dublin. The ...continue reading >>

Working as a Court Reporter: The Secrets You Hide by Kate Helm
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Court in the act – author Kate Helm on how her experiences as a reporter led to her writing her first thriller: I was 18 when I first appeared in ...continue reading >>

Giving up the Day Job to be a Writer by Zoë Miller
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You’ve finally given up the day job to write that book and focus everything on your writing career – it will be so much easier – or is it? The ...continue reading >>

How to Structure your Writing Without Pain by Merle Nygate
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William Goldman famously said there were only three rules for screenwriting: ‘Structure, structure and structure.’  Some people have an ability to structure a narrative without even thinking about it; these ...continue reading >>

Submissions Call: The Ogham Stone
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Submissions deadline: Monday 2nd November 2018, at 5pm. The Ogham Stone is a literary journal produced by the students on the MA Creative Writing and MA English, University of Limerick, ...continue reading >>

Working Through Rejection: The Flight of the Wren by Orla McAlinden
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“There’s no shame in it,” I told myself. “There’s no shame in it,” everyone else told me. “It happens to every writer… Every writer has a novel in a drawer, ...continue reading >>