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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.

Submissions Call: The Lunatic Soviet
Posted by Writing.ie in , .

Submissions Deadline: Open The Lunatic Soviet is a publication that blends fiction, art and radical politics. We seek fiction, poetry, essays and art that emphasises values of solidarity, mass power, ...continue reading >>

Finding the Time: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

Easily the most common question I’m asked about my writing is “How do you find the time?” To put this into context, I have a day job Monday to Friday, ...continue reading >>

The Misadventures of a Mature Student (Part 2) by Katy O’Dowd
Posted by Katy O'Dowd in .

The last time we spoke, I had finished my first semester and was writing essays. This time, I am writing essays. I am writing essays like I have never written ...continue reading >>

The Knowing is in the Doing: How to Write a Novel by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Posted by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald in , .

I often think of new books as having dark-adapted sensibilities, and imagine them blinking and wincing a little as they come out into the light. And I’m thinking of this ...continue reading >>

Spare Words – A Tip for Writing Characters by Andrea Mara
Posted by Andrea Mara in , .

What if something happened in my next-door neighbour’s house, and nobody knew? What if we’re all so busy at work every day, and minding small children at night, and we ...continue reading >>

Taking the Tension Out of Tenses by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

Not many first-time authors pay much consideration to deciding what tense to write in. Exactly which tense an author feels most familiar with will largely depend on the books they ...continue reading >>

Submissions Call: HCE Review
Posted by Writing.ie in , .

Submissions Deadline: 15th April 2018 HCE Review is a quarterly online literary journal launched in 2016 by the MA and MFA Creative Writing courses at University College Dublin. The journal aims ...continue reading >>

Genre: Misery Lit, Anyone? (Part 2) by Shane Dunphy
Posted by Shane Dunphy in , .

A further thing that gets brought up regularly when discussing misery lit is the issue of ethics – I get asked about them a lot.  Am I not breaching confidentiality ...continue reading >>

‘How long does it take to write a book?’ by Sharon Thompson
Posted by Sharon Thompson in , .

‘How long does it take to write a book?’ I get asked this a lot. With only one published book, The Abandoned, it is difficult to give an honest and ...continue reading >>

Handling Criticism: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

It happens to the best of us; someone doesn’t like our work and they decide to let us know. Maybe they tell us in private, maybe they leave a scathing ...continue reading >>