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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.

How to Make Your Own Luck with Short Stories

Ivy Bannister, award winning short stoy writer recently spoke at Dublin City Hall with authors Kate Kerrigan and Mary Malone as part of the Dublin Book Festival, 2011. The panel, discussing how ...continue reading >>

Bob Byrne – Comic Book Hero
Posted by Sarah Downey in , .

Writing.ie got a glimpse into the weird, wonderful and sometimes manic world of comic book genius, Bob Byrne. Bob Byrne is a well-known comic book writer, artist and self-publisher. Born ...continue reading >>

Understanding Characters: Tracy Culleton
Posted by Tracy Culleton in , .

We get to know a character throughout the course of a story, through: What he/she says What he/she thinks What he/she does What others say about him/her To a lesser ...continue reading >>

The 9 Day Writer’s Week
Posted by Mary Malone in , .

WRITING and WORKING – are there enough hours in a day …? Of course not! I’m a writer with a full time job, a family and a house to run ...continue reading >>

Blogging about Poetry and Literature,· a discussion on licensing original work
Posted by Christine Murray in , .

It is a propitious time to begin discussing the protection of original works, given the expansion of specialised internet usage, be it through sites such as Wrting.ie, or the huge ...continue reading >>

The Unreliable Narrator & The Art of Misdirection
Posted by Tracy Culleton in , .

The narrator in any story doesn’t have to tell the truth! There are a few different scenarios: The narrator is deliberately lying. The narrator genuinely believes s/he’s telling the truth, ...continue reading >>

The Seven Stages of Creativity Week 4: Composition (Drafting)
Posted by Orna Ross in , .

A great piece of writing is a perfectly intermeshed concoction of illusions. The primary illusion is one of ease. When we read a beautifully constructed book with pleasure and admiration, ...continue reading >>

Getting Non Fiction Published with Patricia O’Reilly
Posted by Patricia O'Reilly in , .

Interested in writing non-fiction and getting it published? Author of Writing for Success Patricia O’Reilly tells us exactly how to approach your subject and what you need to submit to ...continue reading >>

Self Help for Success

Are you stuck trying to write a novel? Are you finding it difficult to get started? Can’t find an agent? Can’t get published? Maybe you should expand your horizons and ...continue reading >>

Why Take a Writing Class?
Posted by Claire Hennessy in , .

Why take a writing class? What do people get out of them? Can writing really be taught, anyway? (The writer Flannery O’Connor famously noted, when asked whether she felt the ...continue reading >>