The National Emerging Writer Programme: Starting to Write | Resources | Video & Podcast Resources

There is nothing more daunting than staring at the blank screen or trying to turn that idea floating in your head into words. In Starting to Write Carlo Gébler explains to Vanessa O’Loughlin how to get that idea onto the page, how to construct characters, to create structure and just how you start writing your book. Essential viewing for both new and experienced writers.

The National Emerging Writer Programme is a joint project from and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, and aimed at new and experienced writers looking to improve their craft. With four Nobel Laureates and four Booker Prize winners, Ireland has produced some of the finest writers in the world  – and this national initiative aims to assist the writers of the future to make their mark and continue this enviable tradition.

Check out the free support materials that accompany the series (scroll to the end of the page) and consider contacting your local library to find out about writers groups in your area. Our trailer gives you a flavour of the series:

The complete DVD is (hopefully still!) available to borrow from your local library, or you can watch it in easy view sections on YouTube (several section are featured here – there’s lots more). CLICK THROUGH TO THE WRITING.IE YOU TUBE CHANNEL TO SEE IT ALL.

In this first part of the programme, internationally recognised author Carlo Gébler discusses starting to write:

Reading is Essential:

Creating a Structure for Your Story

Setting Achievable Goals

Start at the Beginning

Developing Character

The Importance of Change


Write Every Day

Key Points to Remember

Consider Joining a Writers Group

Click here to view Telling the Story

Click here to view Revising, Rewriting and Overcoming Obstacles

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