One-to-One Mentoring

Helping you make your writing as good as it can be

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 Professional Members who are published and experienced authors or industry professionals acting as mentors to help you make your writing as good as it can be. This initiative is aimed at intermediate and advanced level writers looking for professional input. Our mentors list is currently at capacity. Please note that mentees must be over 18 to apply.

One-to-One Mentoring

Our Current Panel

Aiden O’Reilly

Fiction: Novels and Short Stories

Alice Coghlan

Playwriting, Play Development, Screenwriting and Directing

Amanda Bell

Poetry, Children’s, Japanese Form Poetry

Anne Tannam


Anthony J Quinn

Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Memoir

Bernie McGill

Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Stories

Caelainn Hogan

Feature Writing, Longform Journalism, Creative Nonfiction

Ciaran Buckley

Historical Non-fiction, Journalism

Conor Kostick

Fiction and Non-Fiction

Csilla Toldy

Scriptwriting, Poetry, Memoir, Fiction

David Butler


Deirdre Cartmill

Poetry and Screenwriting

Enda Coyle Greene


Enda Wyley


Felicity McCall

Literary Fiction, Non-Fiction, Short Stories and Young Adult

Ferdia MacAnna

Film, TV, Comedy writing

Fióna Bolger

Poetry, Plurilingual Writing, Plurilocal Writing

Fiona O’Rourke

Fiction, Short Story, Beginners

Gerard Beirne

Novels, Short Stories and Poetry

Jean O’Brien


Jessica Traynor

Poetry, Playwriting

June Caldwell

Fiction, Short Story

Kate Ennals

Poetry, Fiction

Kelly Creighton

Short Fiction and Novels (Crime and Literary Fiction)

Léan Cullinan


Liza Costello

Short Stories, Novels, Poetry

Lissa Oliver

Novels, Thrillers, Adult Fiction

Louise Phillips

Crime Writing

Marcel Krueger

Creative Non-Fiction, Including Memoir, Essays, Travel and Place Writing

Maria McManus

Poetry and Prose

Mark Granier


Mary-Jane Holmes

Poetry, Flash Fiction and Short Story

Mary Rose Callaghan

Short stories, literary novels and memoirs

Mary Montague


Maureen Boyle

Poetry and Memoir

Moyra Donaldson

Poetry, Fiction

Neil Hegarty

Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Biography, Memoir, Ghostwriting

Niamh Boyce

Novels (all genres), Short Fiction

Oisin McGann

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Children’s and Young Adults’ Fiction

R.B. Kelly

Fiction (Short Stories or Novel Length), Specialism in Science Fiction

Rónán MacDubhghaill

Fiction and Non-Fiction

Sean Hardie

Comedy and Satire for TV and Film. Prose Fiction and Non-Fiction

Shirley McMillan

Young Adult Fiction

Siobhán Mannion

Fiction, Essays and Writing for Radio

Sue Leonard

Feature Writing, Freelance Journalism, Ghostwriting, and Memoir

Shauna Gilligan

Novels and Short Fiction

Arnold Thomas Fanning

Memoir, Creative Non-Fiction

Sue Divin

Young Adult Fiction, Fiction


Fiction | Non-fiction | Screenwriting | Playwriting

€275 – up to 10,000 words read in advance, 300 word report, followed by 1.5 hour one-to-one meeting.

€300 – up to 15,000 words read in advance, 300 word report, followed by 1.5 hour one-to-one meeting.

€350 – up to 20,000 words read in advance, 300 word report, followed by 1.5 hour one-to-one meeting.


€275 – Up to 240 lines of poetry read in advance, 300 word report, followed by 1.5 hour one-to-one meeting.

Further Details

  • Meetings can be on a once-off basis or split into short sessions, that total 1.5 hours
  • Meetings can be in person, or by Zoom or phone if agreed in advance with the mentee
  • The wordcount can include a one page synopsis, a treatment, or character breakdown depending on the form.
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