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.
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The Irish Writers Centre is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. In your mail please include a biographical note, 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 or €3 concession (Student, Unemployed, Senior Citizen, Parenting Alone).
Please note that writing groups have been meeting online via zoom during the pandemic period while the centre is closed.
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 and take a look at the Inksplinters blog. Attendance is €5 for non-members and free for current, paid-up members.Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Inkslingers are currently meeting online. For further information, please contact Harry Browne on email email@example.com.
For more information:firstname.lastname@example.org
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, twenty 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 currently not open to new members. Contact Peter Clarke at email below.
For more information:email@example.com
New Irish Communities Writing Sessions
The New Irish Communities group was established in 2015 by the Irish Writers Centre and is funded by Dublin City Council. The mission of the group is to create access for non-native English speakers to write creatively in English. These sessions bridge the gap between writing classes and writing groups as writers meet with experienced facilitators on Saturdays from 11.00am – 1.00pm. The workshops are facilitated by writers Mark Granier and Jean O’Brien and run for a number of weeks during spring, summer and autumn (dates vary). 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: €5 per session. Buy online or pay on the day.
For more information:firstname.lastname@example.org
New Irish Community Extension (nIce)
When the New Irish Communities (see above) are not in session, the nIce Writing Group generally meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 11:00am -1:00pm in the Irish Writers Centre, or currently online. This extension of New Irish Communities is a group of like-minded non-native English writers, there for mutual support, to have discussions on writing and give feedback on each other’s progress in English. All authors of any genre are welcome to embrace the challenge of writing in a second language together!
Email them for more information at email@example.com or even better, drop in to one of their online meetings. They are looking forward to meeting you.
For more information:firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
For more information:email@example.com
Genre: YA Fiction
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 at email below.
For more information:firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Words on the Wind
A group of poets of all ages who meet every second Friday from 11am to 1pm.
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Circle of Poets
A group of seven experienced poets who meet every second Wednesday from 11.00am to 1.00pm. Note: They are currently not open for new membership.
Scríbhneoirí na Gaeilge
Pléann an grúpa seo prós agus filíocht araon. Cruinníonn Scríbhneoiri na Gaeilge le chéile uair gach sé seachtaine – dhá mhí in Áras Scríbhneoirí na hÉireann agus/nó ar líne. Gach eolas ó firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information:email@example.com
Parnell Square Writing Group
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
For more information:email@example.com
Urban fantasy, historical fiction & crime
Genre Writers Group
This group was formed in 2016. It meets twice monthly, usually at the IWC, to discuss its members work-in-progress, which ranges across the genres of urban fantasy, historical fiction and crime. At present the group is closed. Contact Martin Keating via email below.
For more information:firstname.lastname@example.org
Chekhov or F*ckoff
A group of ex-Stinging Fly Workshop writers that meet twice a month to critique work in progress. Aims to stamp on any uppity short stories. Sprouts novels like mushrooms. Weird metaphors abound. Not currently seeking new victims. Contact Olivia Fitzsimons via email below.
Constellation Writing Group
We are a young adult (18-23) writing group that meet once a month to bounce ideas off one another and gain advice from various different writing styles. All genres welcome! Come along for the written word, stay for the people. At present we are not recruiting new members but do email Orla on email@example.com if you have any questions about future vacancies.
For more information:firstname.lastname@example.org
All About Writing (AAW)
We are a new writing group meeting fortnightly to give each other feedback and support. We meet Wednesday’s 7:30 – 9:30 in Dublin 12. We are open to both prose and poetry. Our format is discussion based which allows for depth of critique. One poem, or one piece of prose (up to 10 pages, double spaced) per person per night.
We are a small group, passionate about writing and getting published and are looking for like minded members.
If interested, send two poems or one 10 page prose piece to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your contact details. As we meet in person, Covid-19 Vaccination Certs will be required.
For more information:email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
For more information:email@example.com
Bayside Writers Group
This writing group meets every Wednesday 11.15am – 1.00 pm (approx) at rear of Bayside Church to share and encourage creative writing and discuss each others work. New members are welcome. For more details call 086 8231911.
Bics’N’Brunch Women’s Writing Group
Meet at Kevin Street Library on the last Saturday of every month at 11am and then go for lunch together at 1pm. We are currently full, but as members come and go we may be looking in the near future.
For more information:firstname.lastname@example.org
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
For more information:email@example.com
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 email below.
For more information:firstname.lastname@example.org
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 our website below or visit our facebook page here.
For more information:dalkeywriters.com
Donaghmede Adult Writers’ Group
We meet on the first and third Thursdays of each month in Donaghmede Library from 6:30 – 8pm, taking a break in July and August. Writers of all ages, abilities, and styles are welcome to join. In a typical evening we will read and critique our own work, but we also regularly host published writers for workshops and insightful Q&A.
For more information:email@example.com
Dun Laoghaire Writers’ Group
This is a small group of experienced writers whose focus is on the novel and is currently closed to new members.
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.
For more information:lanterncentre.org
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 more information:www.flyingbookclub.ie firstname.lastname@example.org
Ilac Dublin City Library Group / Discovery Writing Group
Discover yourself and your characters through writing.
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 086 609 6579.
Note: Kevin Street Creative Writing Group is meeting at Greenside House, Cuffe Street while Kevin Street Library is closed for refurbishment.
For more information:www.dublincity.ie
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.
For more information:email@example.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.
For more information:firstname.lastname@example.org
Second Monday’s Writing Group
As its name suggests, this group meets on the second Monday of each month from 7.00pm to 9.00-9.30pm at the Teachers’ Club on Parnell Square. The group is well established and diverse in age, interests and background. It originated around the time of the first Novel Fair to assist entrants in trialing their writing and ideas, as well as offering mutual support. Most members therefore are aspiring novelists, but the range of genre is wide and activity extends from flash fiction and short stories to novels. The group operates on the assumption that members will try to attend at least three out of four meetings. Contributions of up to 1500 words, from works in progress, are circulated by email several days in advance. Feed back at the meetings is verbal though many choose to scribble constructive comments on each submission and return them to their authors.
Our ideal membership is in the range of ten to a dozen and assumes 75% attendance at each meeting. We are open to new members at present.
For more information:email@example.com
Spectrum Dublin Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writers group
We’re a group of writers of science fiction, fantasy and related genres who meet once a month in a chosen Dublin pub to critique each other’s work and share tips and insights. Anyone who wants to give and receive honest, constructive feedback is welcome, and we welcome writers of all levels of experience. Come and join us to give your writing skills a boost!
For more information:www.meetup.com
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 the email below.
For more information:firstname.lastname@example.org
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 more information:email@example.com
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.
For more information:www.librariesni.org.uk
Ballylinan Creative Writers
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
Ballymoney Creative Writers meet on Mondays and Tuesdays during term time in Ballymoney Town Hall. Contact Anne McCusker for further details via email below.
For more information:firstname.lastname@example.org
Bundoran Writers’ Group
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.
For more information:email@example.com
Burnavon Writers meet on Thursday evenings from 7pm until 9pm. They welcome new members. Contact Mary Crooks for further details.
For more information:Mary.Crooks@cookstown.gov.uk
Clifden Writers’ Group
Our group is open to members interested in writing in any genre, at any level. We meet fortnightly at 7.30 pm on Mondays. We set a theme but it is always optional, leaving writers free to work on their own projects. The work is read out and feedback given. We often complete some writing exercise at the meeting. Time is left for chat and coffee or the occasional glass of wine. Members may pre-arrange for a more extensive analysis if they circulate the work beforehand. We broadcast regularly on Connemara Community Radio and have a group reading in Clifden Arts Festival. Please contact us if interested.
For more information:firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative Mamas, Leixlip Library
Creative Mamas is a Free writing group that meets in Leixlip Library once a month on a Tuesday morning. The group was set up in March 2019 for at home parents or minders that struggle to get to evening writing groups for various reasons. It is unique because it welcomes babies and toddlers to tag along with their Mams. The library has a lovely, bright room with enough space for the toddlers to play while their Mama’s get creative. The group is a source of inspiration, support and motivation for writers of all levels. Contact Nicola at email@example.com or Leixlip library 01-6060050 for more information.
For more information:firstname.lastname@example.org
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 more information:blakesofthehollow.com email@example.com
Great Island Writers Group
This group meets every Saturday at 10:30am in Cobh library. Contact Thelma Mills for further details: Tel: 021 4816611.
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
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 more information:www.hungryhillwriting.com
Kells Writers Group
We meet every Thursday at 6:30pm in the Kells, County Meath public library on Maudlin Street. Members include published authors as well as writers who are just starting out. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their experience or genre. For further information, please call Geri at 085 145 6941.
Lexicon Writing Group
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.
For more information:www.facebook.com
West Mayo Writing Group
The West Mayo Writing Group gathers on one Saturday each month in Westport’s Town Hall Theatre. During meetings, we review each other’s work in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and more. All writers (emerging or established) are welcome.
For more information:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Midleton Writers Group
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
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
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
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.
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Navan Creative Writers
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
Oldcastle Writers group meet every Tuesday from 7.00pm – 8.30pm in Oldcastle library. Tel. 049 8542084 or contact the library for further details.
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 more information:firstname.lastname@example.org
SixPens Writing Group & Weekend Writing Retreats, Westport
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tir Chonaill Writers
Tir Chonaill Writers is based in south-west Donegal and currently meets fortnightly in Donegal Town. The group members read extracts from material they are working on and offer them for collective critique.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on venue 0r follow on Facebook. View a list of back issues here.
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Waterford Writers are based in Waterford City, meeting every 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, upstairs in Phil Grimes pub at 8.00 pm. We welcome writers of all genres and experience who wish to develop their writing skills and assist others in a positive, friendly and productive atmosphere. Please email for further information or follow us on Facebook below or Twitter @WaterfordWriters.
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