New Opportunities for Writers at the IWC



Irish Writers Centre are excited to announce the return of our IWC/DBF Young Writer Delegate Programme. Four writers between the ages of 18-26 will be in with the chance to attend Dublin Book Festival 2020, which will take place online. The delegates will be guided through the process by a mentor. We particularly welcome applications from young writers from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Irish literature, including but not limited to BIPOC, Traveller, and working class writers. 

There are just over 5 weeks left to submit to Novel Fair 2021! Novel Fair has resulted in many success stories, it offers writers the chance to bypass the slush pile and pitch their novel to top publishers across Ireland and the UK. Have a look at some of the previous success stories, and get a taste for what the day has to offer here. There is still time to get in touch with us for a subsidised entry to this year's Novel Fair. We are offering 20 subsidised places to BIPOC, Traveller and working class writers. The usual entry fee of €55 will be waived for these writers.

We also have some new courses for you this week. First up, award-winning journalist and programme maker Hilary Fennell will be running a 6-week course on Creating Factual and Documentary Programme Ideas. If you've ever wanted to explore the craft of documentary making, then this is the course for you. 

If you're interested in poetry, you can check out Enda Wyley's Poetry in the Making 6-week course, which will encourage you to create new work, and take you through the various aspects of creating a poem.  David Butler will also be teaching online this October, novel writers can expect practical guidelines and feedback in the 10-week intensive course, A Novel Approach.

Finally, we're planning for the reopening of our building, and we'd love to hear your thoughts. You can help us plan how we can reconnect in person at our beloved centre by giving us your feedback here. To say thank you, we're offering one person the chance of attending an IWC course for free. Respond by next Wednesday at 5pm to be in with the chance of winning!

Slán go fóill,

The team at the Irish Writers Centre



Creating Factual and Documentary Programme Ideas with Hilary Fennell

Starts: Tues 29 Sept 2020
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: €165/€150 members



Getting Started with Nessa O'Mahony

Starts: Mon 5 Oct 2020
Time: 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Duration: 6 Weeks
Cost: €165/€150 Members


A Novel Approach with David Butler

Starts: Weds 7 Oct 2020
Time: 6.30 pm–8.30 pm 
Duration: 10 Weeks
Cost: €280/€260 Members


Poetry in the Making with Enda Wyley

Starts Thurs 15 Oct 2020
Time: 2.00 pm–4.00 pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: €165/€150 members







Novel Fair 2021

Aspiring writers should have their pens at the ready as the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair returns for another year. Submissions for Novel Fair 2021 are now open until Friday 25 September.


IWC/DBF Young Writer Delegate Programme

We invite ambitious young writers aged 18-26 to apply for this extraordinary opportunity to attend and contribute to Dublin Book Festival as IWC/DBF Young Writer Delegates. 


One-to-One Mentoring



Are you struggling to complete your novel or could you use a trained eye to help you finish your book of poetry? Have you got a film script underway that needs a professional point of view, or perhaps you’re working to complete a collection of short fiction? The Irish Writers Centre has developed a panel of mentors, published authors and industry professionals to help you make your writing as good as it can be.

Read more about One-to-One Mentoring >>>






Although it's not physically possible to visit IWC to write, we hope writers and friends can join us as a member to help support our writing community.

If you are a professional writer looking to learn more about the resources and supports that are available to you during this period, here is some information that might be useful for you.




20 Aug 2020


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