One-to-One Mentoring

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 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 Mentoring list is currently at capacity. Please note that Mentees must be over 18 to apply.

The current panel is made up of the following writers:

Aiden O'Reilly Fiction: Novels and Short Stories
Alice Coghlan Playwriting, Play Development and Directing
Amanda Bell Poetry, Children’s, Japanese Form Poetry
Anne Tannam Poetry
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
Colin Murphy Playwriting, Documentary-drama, Screenwriting
Conor Kostick Fiction and Non-Fiction
Csilla Toldy Scriptwriting, Poetry, Memoir, Fiction
David Butler Fiction
Deirdre Cartmill

Poetry and Screenwriting

Enda Coyle Greene Poetry
Enda Wyley Poetry
Felicity McCall Literary Fiction, Non-Fiction, Short Stories and Young Adult
Ferdia MacAnna Film, TV, Comedy writing

Fióna Bolger

Fiona O'Rourke

Poetry, Plurilingual Writing, Plurilocal Writing

Fiction, Short Story, Beginners

Gerard Beirne Novels, Short Stories and Poetry
Jean O'Brien Poetry
Jessica Traynor Poetry, Playwriting
June Caldwell Feature Writing, Biography and Short Story
Kate Ennals Poetry, Fiction
Kelly Creighton Short Fiction and Novels (Crime and Literary Fiction)
Léan Cullinan Novels
Liza Costello Short Stories, Novels, Poetry
Lissa Oliver Novels, Thrillers, Adult Fiction
Louise Phillips Crime Writing
Manchán Magan Travel writing, non-fiction, freelance feature journalism
Marcel Krueger Creative Non-Fiction, Including Memoir, Essays, Travel and Place Writing
Maria McManus Poetry and Prose
Mark Granier Poetry
Mary-Jane Holmes Poetry, Flash Fiction and Short Story

Mary Rose Callaghan

Short stories, literary novels and memoirs

Mary Montague Poetry
Mia Gallagher Fiction
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
Nuala O'Connor Fiction, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, 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
Sarah Webb Children's Literature
Sean Hardie Comedy and Satire for TV and Film. Prose Fiction and Non-Fiction
Shauna Gilligan Novels and Short Fiction
Shirley McMillan Young Adult Fiction
Siobhán Mannion Fiction, Short Stories and Writing for Radio
Sue Leonard Feature Writing, Freelance Journalism, Ghostwriting, and Memoir
Susan Stairs Novels and Short Stories
Tom Sigafoos General Fiction, Crime Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir

Fiction | Non-fiction | Screenwriting | Playwriting

€225 – up to 10,000 words read in advance, 300 word report, followed by 1.5 hour one-to-one meeting.

€275 – up to 15,000 words read in advance, 300 word report, followed by 1.5 hour one-to-one meeting.

€325 – up to 20,000 words read in advance, 300 word report, followed by 1.5 hour one-to-one meeting.


€225 – 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 repeated over time
  • Meetings can be in person, or by Skype 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.


For further information and terms and conditions, please email 

In the body of your email request, please include the following details. You may copy and paste the below form:

 Full Name:
 Word Count:
 Mentor (first preference):
 Mentor (second preference):
 Mentor (third preference):
 Dates available: