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:

Alice Coghlan

Playwriting, Play Development and Directing

Amanda Bell Poetry, Children’s, Japanese Form Poetry
Angela T. Carr Poetry
Anne Tannam Poetry

Annette Skade

Arnold Thomas Fanning


Memoir, Short Story, Playwriting

Bernie McGill Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Stories
Caelainn Hogan

Feature Writing, Longform Journalism, Creative Nonfiction

Ciaran Buckley Historical Non-fiction, Journalism
Claire Savage Feature writing/journalism, Children's fiction, Fantasy Fiction
Colin Murphy Playwriting, Documentary-drama, Screenwriting
Conor Kostick Fiction and Non-Fiction
Csilla Toldy Scriptwriting, Poetry, Memoir, Fiction
David Butler Fiction
Dermot Davis Fiction, Screenwriting, and Playwriting
Diarmuid Fitzgerald Haiku, Poetry
Deirdre Cartmill

Poetry and Screenwriting

Enda Coyle-Greene

Elske Rahill


Fiction: novels and short stories

Felicity McCall Literary Fiction , Non-Fiction, Short Stories and Young Adult
Ferdia MacAnna Film, TV, Comedy writing
Fiona O'Rourke Fiction, Short Story, Beginners
Gerard Beirne Novels, Short Stories and Poetry
Jean O'Brien Poetry
Jessica Traynor Poetry, Playwriting
Joanne Zebedee Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
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
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

Mary Rose Callaghan


Short stories, literary novels and memoirs

Mary Montague Poetry
Matt Hayward Fiction (Novels)
Mia Gallagher Fiction
Michael J. Farrell Literary Fiction and Non-Fiction
Moyra Donaldson Poetry, Fiction
Neil Hegarty Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Biography, Memoir, Ghostwriting
Niamh Boyce Novels (all genres), Short Fiction
Nicole Mary Kelby Fiction and Non-Fiction
Nuala O'Connor Fiction, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Fiction
Oisin McGann Science Fiction, Fantasy, Children's and Young Adults' Fiction
Pauline Clooney Short Story, Novel
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
Sharon Dempsey Crime Writing and Commercial Women’s Fiction
Shirley McMillan Young Adult Fiction
Simon Solomon Poetry, Prose, and Academic Theses in the Humanities
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, booking, and terms and conditions, please contact Fiona O'Rourke, Membership Administrator, at 00 353 1 872 1302.