Who We Are
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What We Do
Founded in 1991, the Irish Writers Centre:
- Is the national resource centre for Irish literature.
- Our mission is to support and promote writers at all stages of their development.
- Offers a diverse programme of writing courses and workshops led by established writers across a range of genres including memoir, poetry, playwriting, short-stories and the novel.
- Runs seminars, lectures and readings related to the art of writing.
- Hosts a monthly Takin’ the Mic, where members of the public are encouraged to share their creative endeavours.
- Welcomes writers, readers and international visitors keen to develop their career as a writer.
Our building at 19 Parnell Square in the heart of northside Georgian Dublin:
- Boasts fine rooms that are used as workshop spaces and are available to rent.
- Houses the Kiely Room, which is available for book launches, panel discussions, plays and spoken word.
- Is open to the public 6 days a week providing a creative space for writers’ groups, writers and performers.
The Irish Writers Centre has several international projects that involve linking Irish writers with those in other countries. For example:
- The Italo-Irish Literature Exchange (IILE) was initiated to provide a forum for Italian and Irish writers to meet and connect and promote their literatures in one another’s countries.
- Our Nordic Outposts Literature Exchange Programme forges links with literary organisations in the Nordic countries to create ongoing dialogue and promotional opportunities for both Irish and Nordic authors.
- We hope to encourage translation, increase readerships and bolster literary tourism with the aim to arrange a return visit of Irish writers to Norway in 2017.