August 27, 2022

10.30am - 4pm

Irish Writers Centre

Our Autumn Open Day is taking place on Saturday 27 August from 10.30am until 4pm. The day is a perfect opportunity for those who are looking to find out more about the IWC to meet and chat with our team, with writers, and with likeminded individuals with a love of literature.

Here is just some of what we'll have on offer:
• Free creative writing classes
• Panel Discussion
• Professional Development Information Session
• Novel Fair Information Session
• Join in with the Inkslingers and New Irish Communities, the open creative writing groups that meet on Saturdays at the Irish Writers Centre
• Free teas, coffees, cakes and biscuits


From 10.30 – 11.00: Welcome! Tea, coffee, biscuits, cake plus an informal chat about the work of the Irish Writers Centre

11.00 – 11.45: New Irish Communities with Mark Granier 

Get a taster of this open creative writing group for non-native English speakers who come together every Saturday during seasonal terms. No need to sign up in advance – the group welcomes walk-ins.

12.00 – 12.45: Writing Taster for Beginners with Tanya Farrelly

In this short workshop attendees will look at the key aspects of fiction writing, exploring the overlaps and distinct differences between flash fiction, the short story and the novel.

13.00 – 13.40: Presentation on Professional Development for Writers with Valerie Bistany

Join Irish Writers Centre Director Valerie Bistany to hear about the suite of professional services available to support professional writers to advance their craft and career with confidence and resilience.

13.30 – 15.00: Inkslingers Open Writing Group

The Inkslingers welcome newcomers interested in what happens at a writing group. No need to sign up in advance – the group welcomes walk-ins.

14.00 – 14.45: Bilingual Writing Taster with Sadhbh Devlin

In this workshop, simple shapes are used to discuss narrative, character development and to inspire stories.

Tarraing ciorcal. Céard a fheiceann tú? Aghaidh? An ghriain? Pláta? Sa cheardlann seo beidh muid ag úsáid cruthanna simplí le hinsint a phlé, carachtair a fhorbairt agus scéalta a chumadh. Úsáidfidh tú páipéir, pinn daite agus do shamhlaíocht le do leabhar féin a chruthú.

14.00 – 15.30: ‘How Place Shapes Us as Writers’ – Panel Discussion with writers Tracey Waddleton, Mary Watson and Kevin Connolly.

If it’s true that place shapes us as writers, then what elements of our localities mould us in the most dramatic ways? Does a succession of exposures to different kinds of environments help shape our creative imaginations?  Is it the physical landscape; the social, cultural or historical terrain or a combination of many senses of ‘place’, that come together to create a writer?

15.00 – 15.45: Novel Fair Information Session and Q & A with Betty Stenson

On the 12th anniversary of Novel Fair, this information session will give you all the tools you need to confidently submit your own entry to this renowned writing competition. Submissions to Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair 2023 open on September 1st and close on September 30 2022.


Please note that some of these events require registration via the links above.