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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.

Getting the Job Done at Mountains to Sea
Posted by Vanessa O'Loughlin in .

The Mountains to the Sea festival, programmed by Tim Carey, Bert Wright and Sarah Webb is one of the busiest, most comprehensive literary festivals in Ireland today. In a whirlwind ...continue reading >>

Creative Writing at University
Posted by Marése O’Suillivan in , .

To be a writer, you need guts. You need to have talent pouring from the pages you write. You need to be driven, have ambition and be one hell of ...continue reading >>

Adrian White on Method Writing
Posted by Adrian White in , .

People harm themselves in many different ways and it’s never easy for others to understand why. A few years ago, a colleague of mine – let’s call him Jack – ...continue reading >>

A Beginners Guide to the University Library
Posted by Barry Houlihan in , .

It is a completely new departure. You have spent the previous six years working towards getting here and most definitely a hellish last few months; but you made it. You ...continue reading >>

Why Writers Need an Agent
Posted by Sarah Webb in .

Who represents Marian Keyes? Who is Cathy Kelly’s agent? Who helped Melissa Hill climb to the top? This is a Who’s Who of Popular Fiction Agents (with contact details!) by ...continue reading >>

Poetry Workshops with Susan Lindsay
Posted by Susan Lindsay in , .

Workshops provide the synergy of teamwork for the solitary art of writing poetry. This week I mailed a fellow member of the Skylight Poets workshop to ask if my edited ...continue reading >>

Online Courses for Writers – Sally Clements
Posted by Sally Clements in .

No matter how well you write – you can always write better. I’m a fervent believer in the value of learning. When I completed my first full manuscript, I remember ...continue reading >>

The Value of Creative Writing Workshops – Nessa O’Mahony
Posted by Nessa O'Mahony in .

As a poet, I have always had a particular interest in story-telling as a way of interpreting my world.  As with many writers, the narrative instinct was formed in childhood. ...continue reading >>

Running Dalkey Writers’ Workshop
Posted by Maggie Gleeson, Eileen Counihan, Dave Butler & Billy Hutchinson in , .

It’s three minutes past seven and there is a companionable but concentrated silence in the Castlepark School library as the members of the Dalkey Writers’ Workshop  (DWW) focus on getting ...continue reading >>

The Live Art of Storytelling Performance
Posted by Coilín Oh-Aissieux in .

Confusion often prevails when I tell strangers that I run a storytelling club. “How often do you hold readings?” they ask, and “Do you publish your work?” And I can ...continue reading >>