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.

The current panel is made up of the following writers:

Non-Fiction, Feature Writing and Short Story Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry Young Adult Fiction​
Annette Skade Poetry
Conor Kostick Fiction and Non-Fiction
David Butler Fiction
Enda Coyle-Greene Poetry
Ferdia MacAnna              Film, TV, Comedy writing
Henry McDonald Memoir, Journalism, Feature Writing and Freelance Journalism
Jean O'Brien Poetry
June Caldwell Feature Writing, Biography and Short Story
Lindsay J. Sedgwick Screenwriting for TV and Film, and Playwriting
Louise Phillips Crime Writing
Maria McManus Poetry and Prose
Mia Gallagher Fiction
Mark Granier Poetry
Michael J. Farrell Literary Fiction and Non-Fiction
Nicole Mary Kelby Fiction and Non-Fiction
Rachael Weiss Memoir and Fiction
Sarah Webb Children's Literature
Sean Hardie Comedy and Satire for TV and Film. Prose Fiction and Non-Fiction
Simon Solomon Poetry, Prose, and Academic Theses in the Humanities
Marion Reynolds Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Memoir and Short Stories
Léan Cullinan Novels
Kate Thompson Women's Commercial Fiction
Kate Beaufoy Historical Fiction
Kate Ennals Poetry, Fiction
Bernie McGill Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Stories.
Moyra Donaldson Poetry, Fiction
Dermot Davis Fiction, Screenwriting, and Playwriting
Colin Murphy Playwriting, Documentary-drama, Screenwriting.
Andrew Hughes Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Crime Writing. 
Shauna Gilligan Novels and Short Fiction.
Oisin McGann Science Fiction, Fantasy, Children's and Young Adults' Fiction.
Amanda Bell Poetry, Children’s, Japanese Form Poetry.
Niamh Boyce Novels (all genres), Short Fiction.
Joanne Zebedee Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy.
Mary Montague Poetry.
Kelly Creighton Short Fiction and Novels (Crime and Literary Fiction).
Tom Sigafoos General Fiction, Crime Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir.
Jessica Traynor Poetry, Playwriting.
Adam Wyeth Poetry, Fiction, Plays, Memoirs.
Pauline Clooney Short Story, Novel.
Aiden O'Reilly Novels and Short Fiction.
Anne Tannam Poetry.
Denise Blake Poetry.
Andrea Carter Crime Fiction.
Manchán Magan Travel writing, non-fiction, freelance feature journalism.
Fiona O'Rourke Fiction, Novel and Short, Beginners.
Colin Dardis Poetry.
Gerard Beirne Novels, Short Stories and Poetry.
Roisín O'Donnell Short Story.
Sue Leonard Feature Writing, Freelance Journalism, Ghostwriting, and Memoir.
Neil Hegarty Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Biography, Memoir, Ghostwriting.
Lissa Oliver Novels, Thrillers, Adult Fiction.
Mirjana Rendulic Playwriting.
Declan Burke Crime, Mystery & Detective Fiction.
Billy O'Callaghan Novels, Short Stories.
Afric McGlinchey Poetry, Fiction.
Diarmuid Fitzgerald Haiku, Poetry
Ciaran Buckley Historical Non-fiction, Journalism.
Rónán MacDubhghaill Fiction and Non-Fiction.
Matt Hayward Fiction (Novels).
Susan Stairs Novels and Short Stories.
Sean Williams General Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Children’s Literature, Young Adult Fiction, Short Stories, Flash Fiction.
Shirley McMillan Young Adult Fiction
Claire Savage Feature writing/journalism, Children's fiction, Fantasy Fiction.


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, booking, and terms and conditions, please contact Arnold Fanning, Reception Administrator, at 00353 1 8721302.