Writing Groups

Looking for a writing group or looking to set one up?

The Irish Writers Centre has been used as a base for writing groups for many years, with a number of Ireland's best new talents emerging through this creative channel. The Centre is also happy to promote the work of other groups meeting around the country.

If you are interested in joining one of the groups listed below, please email the address provided, or if no contact is provided, email info@writerscentre.ie, telling us who you are, what kind of group you're looking for and your availability. Or contact us to talk about setting up your own group. Attendance at all meetings is €5 per person per meeting.   

Writing Groups at the Irish Writers Centre

The following is a list of current groups meeting and working at the Centre on a regular basis.

Inkslingers    

The Inkslingers is the Irish Writers Centre's open writing group. All are welcome. It meets every Saturday at 1.30–3.00pm (excluding bank holiday weekends) to workshop new work and participate in writing exercises. It's ideal for new members of the Centre who wish to find out more about other groups at the Centre and how writing groups work. They're an exceedingly friendly group. Attendance is €5 for non-members and free for current, paid-up members. Contact: info@writerscentre.ie  and take a look at the Inksplinters blog.

Inksplinters

An extension of the Inkslingers group (see above), this busy group is currently on a hiatus from its Wednesday meetings but have incorporated themselves into the Inkslingers group's Saturday meetings. Poets and prose writers. They welcome new members throughout the year. Contact: Harry Browne: hbrowne4@gmail.com

New Irish Communities Writing Group

Are you new to Ireland? Or is English your second (or third) language? If so, this is the ideal workshop for you. The group will meet every Saturday from 11.00am – 1.00pm, starting from 17 September 2016 onwards. The workshop will be facilitated by writers  Mark Granier and Liz Farsaci. Mark is a published poet and also teaches creative writing at University College Dublin. Liz Farsaci has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in Dublin, and has taught creative and non-fiction writing to non-native English speakers at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Whether you're interested in fiction, prose or memoir, the group will help you to tell your story and express yourself well in English. Students should have a good level of English, be comfortable reading magazines and newspapers, and conversing in English. Cost: €6 per session. €20 for 4 sessions. Buy in bulk online or pay on the day. Contact: info@writerscentre.ie  

New Irish Writers Community Writers Group (nIce)

An extension of the New Irish Communities Writing Group (see above). This nIce group is a collective of second language writers who meet every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 11:00am-1:00pm. They are a group of like-minded people, there for mutual support, having discussions on writing and feedback on each other’s progress in English. They welcome authors of any genre to embrace the challenge of writing in a second language together! Email them for more information at nicebunchofwriters@gmail.com or even better, drop in to one of their meetings.
They are looking forward to seeing you there.

Sapphire Writers' Group        

The Sapphires review work submitted by members with varying levels of experience working in a variety of genres. This well-established group meets at the Irish Writers' Centre Mondays at 10:30 am. Operating democratically, each meeting is chaired by a different member, with works shared on a weekly deadline via Dropbox. Members critique each other’s writing according to an agreed set of guidelines. Part of the meeting is devoted to discussing new and emerging ideas and developments of mutual interest. There may be some vacancies coming up soon. Contact: Orla Bourke  sapphirewriters@gmail.com

Bealtaine Writers' Group        

Bealtaine originated in a series of workshops offered by the Irish Writers’ Centre and Age and Opportunity as part of the Bealtaine Festival celebrating creativity in older people in May 1999.  Members of the group were so enthusiastic that they continued meeting monthly, losing and gaining members on the way. Now, fifteen years later, they still meet monthly to write, read, and workshop poems.  Bealtaine is a democratic group where all share in facilitating new work and leading workshops. Bealtaine is open to new members who are older, experienced poets. Contact: Elizabeth O'Carroll mossycarroll@gmail.com   

Writing Children's Literature and Young Adult Fiction     

Do you have ideas for a children's book or a novel for teenagers? This group meets once a month to read each other's work in progress, discuss new ideas and be inspired. If you are looking for honest and constructive feedback on your work, or just want to meet people who love children's books as well, get in touch to find out when we meet next. Contact: Simone Schuemmelfeder schuemmelfeder@gmx.de

WEB Women Writers' Group                 

In 1987, Arlen House, the feminist publishing house, invited a group of twelve women writers to participate in a series of workshops. The initiative was designed to encourage and help Irish women to become serious writers, at a time when it was perceived that women were under-represented in the Irish literary canon. When the Arlen House project finished, eleven of the participants decided to continue meeting to peer review their own work. So the WEB Women Writers’ Group was born. Since 1992, the group has been happy to use the facilities of the Irish Writers’ Centre for its meetings, which are held once a month, on Saturday afternoons. Over the years, many of the WEB writers have established successful literary careers. Several have published books, had plays and film scripts produced, and many have won prestigious literary prizes. Membership of the WEB women writers’ group is by invitation only. At the moment, with eighteen members, the group is full.

Thornfield Writers Group    

A women's writing group made up of experienced and professional members which meets on a monthly basis on a Saturday afternoon. By invite only. 

Words on the Wind   

A group of poets of all ages who meet every second Friday from 11am to 1pm. Contact: scana6@gmail.com

Circle of Poets

A group of five to six experienced poets who meet every second Wednesday from 11.00am to 1.00pm. Contact: Anita Readman: anitareadman@gmail.com. Note: We are currently open for membership.

The Second Mondays Group

This is a small group of committed writers, who have been meeting up once a month for the past few years to discuss and critique each other’s work. In our group we have a mixtures of ages and genres - from novelists, to crime fiction writers, to short fiction writers. Some of our group have secured publication and the rest of us are aiming towards publication at some point. It's a small but friendly group and the aim is always to provide positive but realistic criticism. We meet on the second Monday of each month in the Writers Centre, from 7 pm to 9.30 pm. 

The Stephen's Green Writers' Group  

This group of experienced poets and prose writers meet roughly once a month, usually on a Wednesday. Contact: Eileen Keane  e.f.keane@gmail.com .

The Kilroy Kids

This group have formed following their week-long intensive course led in the summer of 2014 by Claire Kilroy. They usually meet on a Tuesday evening, about once a month. Contact: info@writerscentre.ie 

Scríbhneoirí na Gaeilge 

Is grúpa critice é seo agus pléann sé prós agus filíocht. Cruinníonn Scríbhneoiri na Gaeilge le chéile uair sa mhí in Áras Scríbhneoirí na hÉireann. Malairtítear an lá idir an Chéadaoin agus an Satharn chun freastal a dhéanamh ar dhaoine atá ag obair i rith an lae agus iad siúd nach bhfuil. Gach eolas ó scribhneoiribac@gmail.com
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Parnell Square Writing Group
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The Parnell Square Writer's Group was formed in 2014. It usually meets once a month, usually at the Irish Writers Centre. It is a closed group. If a vacancy becomes available then it will be advertised. Contact the IWC at info@writerscentre.ie with any queries.
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The Write Stuff

The Write Stuff are a small group of people who enjoy writing. We gather together to have more creative types to share our work with, and to improve through criticism and discussion. We share our work ahead of time and makes notes and comments for criticism on works of fiction.The Write Stuff meet every second Saturday, 12 - 1.30pm and currently can accept a limited number of new members. Contact: Glen Spratt glenspratt93@gmail.com

Around Dublin

Ballyfermot Writer's Group

Ballyfermot Writers' Group meets every second Wednesday at 6.30pm to 7.45pm at Ballyfermot Library. Tel. 01 626 9324 or contact the library for further details.

Ballymun Writers Group

Ballymun Library Writers’ Group meets every Wednesday 4.30pm - 6.30pm.  Email ballymunlibrary@dublincity.ie for further details.

Bayside Writers Group

This writing group meets the last Friday of every month from 7pm to share and encourage creative writing and discuss each others work. New members are welcome. For more details call 01 8390378.

Cabra Library Creative Writers' Group 

The Creative Writers Group at Cabra library meets meets on Fridays 2pm - 4pm. New members welcome.
Tel. 01 869 1414 or email cabralibrary@dublincity.ie

Central Hotel Writers Group

We meet every two weeks in the Central Hotel on Wicklow Street. We have a small core group of regulars that shares one thing in common: we have all committed to long term projects and have come together to share feedback and encouragement. Each meeting, we focus on critiquing 2-3 pieces, sent around for reading 4-5 days beforehand. The work we look at ranges from novel extracts (we’ve all got one on the go) to short stories, flash fiction, personal essays etc.

New members are welcome! To join in just send an email to cathalk@live.ie and tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’re working on. If you’re a good fit, you’ll be added to the email group. Look forward to hearing from you!

Dalkey Library Writers Group

The Dalkey Library Writers' Group meet to read and discuss their writings every second Thursday at 6.30pm. For more information, contact Dalkey Library at dalkeylib@dlrcoco.ie 

Dalkey Writers Workshop

Dalkey Writers Workshop is a small group of experienced writers which meets in Dalkey every second Thursday from 7.30-9.30 p.m. The group was established in 2003. We workshop one another's writing across a broad range of genres. From time to time we invite guest writers to give talks and workshops to the group and we also organise occasional public readings. We have published three anthologies to date with proceeds going to charity. For more information and to contact the group, see http://dalkeywriters.com/ or visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dalkeywritersworkshop/           

Donaghmede Adult Writers' Group  

This writing group meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6.30pm in Donaghmede Library. For more details call 01 8482833.

The Dublin Writers' Forum    

The Dublin Writers' Forum meets every Thursday at 7.30pm in The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, except during school holidays. The DWF operates on a drop-in basis. Writers of all genres and experience are welcome. Co-facilitated by Fiona Bolger and Anne Tannam, the Forum provides a safe 'working space' where writers can bring their work to be critiqued by other writers. Contact: dublinwritersforum@gmail.com   

Dun Laoghaire Writers’ Group

This is a small group of experienced writers whose focus is on the novel. They are currently open to new members and meet in Dun Laoghaire on the last Tue of every month. If you are interested in joining, please email imeldamcdonagh@gmail.com introducing yourself and include a 200 word sample of your writing.

Eblana Writers

Eblana Writers is a collective of novelists, playwrights and short fiction writers based in Dublin. Eblana Writers meet at 7pm on the first Thursday of the month from February-July and September-December at the Lantern Intercultural Centre, 17 Synge Street Dublin 8.

The Flying Bookclub  

Designed to bring book lovers together, The Flying Book Club offers a range of programmes exploring Irish writing.  Come and join one of our informal and engaging groups (mid-week or weekend) for three hours of discussions, readings, tours and special guest appearances. Our timetable allows plenty of time to explore the city and to visit our wonderful libraries and bookshops. The Flying Book Club is all about books - sharing our experiences of books, revisiting old favourites, and discovering new fields of interest. For further information see the website, www.flyingbookclub.ie, or contact The Flying Book Club telephone: or email: editor@flyingbookclub.ie    

Kevin Street Creative Writing Group               

This writing group meets every Thursday from 2.30pm to 4pm in Kevin Street Library. Times may vary, so call in advance if you are interested in participating. For more details call 085 160 9906. 

Note: Kevin Street Creative Writing Group is meeting at Greenside House, Cuffe Street while Kevin Street Library is closed for refurbishment.

Malahide Library Creative Writing Group

Informal creative writing group meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 6.45pm-7.50pm at Malahide Library. Tel. 01 870 4430 or contact the library for further details.

Pearse Street Creative Writing Group

Pearse Street Creative Writing Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month, 6pm to 7.45pm at Pearse Street Library.Tel. 01 674 4888 or contact Pearse Street Library for further details.

The Phoenix Writers Group

Meets at various locations in the Dublin 15 area, including Blanchardstown Library.
Publishes members' work in the Phoenix Ink series. Email: phoenixinfingal@gmail.com
   
Rathmines Writers' Workshop
    

Participants read from their own work, either a poem, short story or extract from a novel or play and then receive feedback from the group.  The emphasis in the workshop is on constructive feedback. Participants are welcome to attend without reading themselves but you'll have much more fun if you do read. A fee of €5 per person (€3 concessions) is charged to cover costs. The fee for the prose meetings is €7 (€5). The group meets from 7.30pm to 10pm at Christ Church in the centre of Rathgar Village. Contact: marybguckian@yahoo.co.uk 

Write Club

Write Club meets in various locations of Dublin city centre on the last Wednesday of every month. There are limited places and a small fee to cover room rental (approx €3). To join, please send two pages of your best work to brybutler@gmail.com

Around Ireland

Ards Writers, Co. Down

Ards Writers currently meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month (except July and August) from 7.30 - 10.00pm at the Web Theatre, North Street, Newtownards. The meetings consist mainly of readings of members' work followed by discussion and criticism, usually lively but always constructive and fair. All types of writing - poetry, short stories, novels, plays, non-fiction are covered. Occasional guest speakers. For further details contact mail@ardswriters.com

Ballyhackamore Writers, Co. Down

Ballyhackamore Writers meet on a Monday once a month at the Ballyhackamore Library from 6.45pm to 7.45pm. Contact the library for further details.

Ballylinan Creative Writers, Co. Laois

Ballylinan Writers is a Crime Writers Group that meet every second Wednesday evening from 6.00pm to 8.00pm in Ballylinan Library. Tel. 0598625007 or contact the library for further details. This group will be running until the end of April 2017

Ballymoney Creative Writers, Co. Antrim

Ballymoney Creative Writers meet on Mondays and Tuesdays during term time in Ballymoney Town Hall. Contact Anne McCusker for further details: Email: amccusker2000@yahoo.co.uk

Bundoran Writers' Group, Co Donegal

The Bundoran Writers' Group meets on alternate Mondays from 8-10 pm at Brennan's Pub in Bundoran, Co Donegal, from September through May. We follow the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) guidelines, writing to triggers and responding positively to encourage new voices and experimentation (See “Writing Alone and with Others” by Pat Schneider, ISBN-13: 978-0195165739). We have enjoyed exchange visits with other writing groups. New members are welcome. Contact tomsigafoos@gmail.com for further details.

Burnavon Writers, Co. Tyrone

Burnavon Writers meet on Thursday evenings from 7pm until 9pm. They welcome new members. Contact Mary Crooks Mary.Crooks@cookstown.gov.uk for further details

Fermanagh Writers, Co. Fermanagh

Fermanagh Writers meet weekly at Blakes of the Hollow on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm. Those interested in joining us are most welcome to come along and see what we’re all about. Meetings consist of readings and positive feedback sessions in a comfortable environment. Whether a seasoned writer looking a like minded community, or just taking your first tentative steps into the world of writing, Fermanagh writers offers you a warm welcome. For further details email contact@fermanaghwriters.com

Great Island Writers Group, Co. Cork

This group meets every Saturday at 10:30am in Cobh library. Contact Thelma Mills for further details: Tel: 021 4816611

Holywood Writers, Co. Down

Holywood writers meet every other Friday between 10.15am and 12.15pm. The group is open to new members and details are available in the Holywood library.

Hungry Hill Writers, Co. Cork

Hungry Hill Writers is for those interested in meeting others on Beara who write, or want to write. There are active writers' groups, such as the regular open poetry sessions on the last Friday of the month in Castletownbere. For further details see here.

Lexicon Writing Group, Belfast

The group meets every Wednesday morning at 11am in The Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast. Our routine is that two members submit around 3000 words every Sunday afternoon by email and the group critiques the submissions at the Wednesday meetings. The aim of the group is to encourage good writing and suggest improvements where necessary to the submissions. We have writers working in a wide variety of genres that include fantasy, horror, chick-lit, crime, etc. New members are always welcome providing they put pen to paper and submit.

Find out more at our FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/499939096863598/

Midleton Writers Group, Co. Cork

This group meets in Courtyard Craft and Exhibition Centre in Cork on the 1st Thursday of the month at 8pm. Contact Michael O’Connor for further details: Tel: 087 6743137

Mountrath Writers Group, Co. Laois

Mountrath Writers group meet the first Wednesday of each month from 11.00am to 12.30pm at Mountrath library. Tel. 057 8756378 or contact the library for further details. All genres of writing are welcome.

Muse Writers Group, Co. Down

Muse Writers Group is an events-based informal group offering opportunities to attend writing events in Northern Ireland. It meets in Bangor, Co. Down. Contact Thelma Sheil for further details: Tel: 028 9146 3674

Navan Creative Writing Group, Co. Meath

A new writers’ group is being set up in Navan, and is currently seeking members for fortnightly meetings. These would ideally take place on Wednesday evenings, 7-9PM, at Blackbird Bookshop, Old Cornmarket, Navan (subject to confirmation).  Night of the week and time is flexible depending on interest received. Informal meetings would allow all creative writers to share their works-in-progress, whether short stories, poetry, novel chapters, scenes from plays etc. All genres and levels of experience welcome. Bringing copies of work would be advantageous in allowing detailed, constructive feedback. If interested, please contact John Davies: Tel: 089 445 1169 Email: davies.jp@talk21.com

Navan Creative Writers, Co Meath

Navan Creative writers group takes place on Wednesdays at 11.30am in Navan Library. Te: 046 9021134 or contact the library for further details. New members welcome.

Oldcastle Writers Group, Co. Meath

Oldcastle Writers group meet every Tuesday from 7.00pm - 8.30pm in Oldcastle library. Tel. 049 8542084 or contact the library for further details.

The Poets' Place, Belfast

The group meets on an ad hoc basis and is always open to new members. Click here for more information or contact chelley@comartspartner.org for further details. 

Shalom Writers, Belfast

Membership to this group is restricted to a maximum of 14. Applicants for membership are asked to send examples of their writing to the secretary Denis O’Sullivan at the library. The group meets on Thursday mornings from 10am-12 noon. For further details contact belfast.central@librariesni.org.uk

SixPens Writing Group & Weekend Writing Retreats, Westport, Co. Mayo  

Have a book in you? Story, Poem, Play or Song? SixPens runs weekends of writing at the beautiful Old Rectory Retreat in Westport (October, January, April & June). Both residential and non-residential available. Nourish body and mind with productive hours spent in good company: writing, sharing, laughing & eating delicious homemade food! Facilitated by Fin Keegan & Fiona Keane (both MFAs, Columbia University). Contact hq@sixpens.com
Also in Westport: SixPens weekly writing groups (youth & adult) Adult class Friday mornings. Children & Teens Saturdays. For more information contact Fiona Keane 087 763 4339 or hq@sixpens.com.
  

Tir Chonaill Writers, Co. Donegal

Tir Chonaill Writers is based in south-west Donegal and currently meets fortnightly in members' homes. The group members read extracts from material they are working on and offer them for collective critique. Cake is usually involved. For further information email charliegarratt@yahoo.co.uk.

Virgin Slate, Co. Cork
     

Virgin Slate is a small group of amateur writers based in Cork. They usually meet once a fortnight. There are no membership fees. Every two weeks the group meets (in a city centre pub) to discuss the various submissions and decides upon a theme for the following fortnight. They publish work in an ezine on Facebook. Each issue begins with a theme (a word or a phrase). Writers then have two weeks to submit a piece of writing on that theme. The writing can use any form and take the theme in any direction the author wishes. New members are welcome to either join us in the pub or to submit entries by email or post. Email us at: virginslate@gmail.com for more information on venue. Or follow them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/VirginSlate or to view a list of back issues: http://tensepretence.com/