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Proof-Reading – Our Top 5 Tips

They say you are your own worst critic. And in some ways, that can be the case. However, sometimes editing your own work can be hard and you miss out on little details that can make or break your piece of writing. Here are some of our top tips for proof-reading: Print it People read differently on screen and on paper, so print out a copy of your writing. If you read aloud, your ear might catch errors that your eye may have missed. Homonyms Homonyms are words that share […]

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Cúirt International Festival of Literature

Festival season is upon us and at, we like to keep you up to date with the latest goings on in the world of books. This month, the Cúirt International Festival of Literature takes place in Galway City, so we decided to give you the low down on the festival and what to expect. What is it? The Cúirt International Festival of Literature is an annual literature festival held since 1985 in Galway. The festival consists of a variety of events taking place over the course of a week each April with […]

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NaNoWriMo –

Now that the Novel Fair deadline has passed, it’s time to hop onto the next big writing venture: NaNoWriMo. If you haven’t heard about NaNoWriMo before, worry not, because we’re going to give you the low down on the international writing sensation and how you can take part. What is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it’s more affectionately known, is a yearly writing movement that asks people from all over the world to write a novel in a month. How it Works On November 1st, you are challenged […]

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Novel Fair 2017 – What You Need to Know

  The Novel Fair 2017 deadline is nearly here, so it’s time to get writing. The Irish Times describes Novel Fair as the “Dragon’s Den for writers” and for good reason. The competition, held annually by the Irish Writer’s Centre, is a fantastic opportunity for up-and-coming authors. It introduces writers to top Publishers and Literary Agents across Ireland and gives them the opportunity to bypass the slush pile and pitch ideas directly. As a matter of fact, last year’s Fair was attended by representatives from Penguin Ireland, Hachette Ireland, O’Brien Press/Brandon, Lilliput Press […]

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A Novel Idea- How to Plan your Story

It can be totally cathartic to set pen to paper  (or finger to keyboard) and let your mind wander to find your story. But sometimes it can be just as therapeutic and, let’s be honest, less stressful to have a destination in mind when you’re crafting your world. But where do you start? Well, just like in cooking, preparation is key. Story planning is an important skill for any writer to possess. All stories, from fact to fiction, have a beginning, middle and an end. By mapping out your plot points […]

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West Cork Literary Festival – Some Picks for Novice Writers

Over the last 20 years the West Cork Literary Festival has brought us diversity in writers, events and workshops. Running for a whole week, from Sunday 17th to Saturday 23rd July, its calendar of events is even fuller this year. In terms of heavy hitters, it’s got the lot. From David Mitchell to Marina Warner, Louis De Berniéres, John Banville and Gloria Steinem, there is no shortage of world renowned faces to see. There really is too much to chose just a few favourites, so we thought we’d pick out a […]

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Starting a Short Story

Thinking about Starting that Short Story So if you’re busy putting together a short story, you might be interested in some of the tips out there for creating the best work you can. The short story is an art form which is hard to tackle head on, never mind master. You often have a lot to say but not enough time to say it and sometimes it can be easy to become procrastinator extraordinaire. The short story is a great place to find your style and voice. This is not to […]

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Ten Tips for Penning that Poem

Thinking of penning that first poem, but not quite sure where to start? Poetry is a wonderful genre, but it can take some time to get used to creating the voice, theme and tempo you want. At, we’ve put together some simple tips to get you started.         Ten Tips to Getting Your Poet’s Voice 1. Read – Read all kinds of poetry, from classical to beat, home grown to international and from a range of eras. Think about which poems you like best. Ask yourself why […]

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The Parting – Patrick Stack

“I’ve always had a love for the sound of language,” Patrick says. “As a child and teenager I would regularly take down one of the four volumes of The Imperial Dictionary of the English Language from the shelf in our living room and read it. This had belonged to my paternal grandfather who died when my father was 7 or 8 years old. I was enthralled by the little lithographs scattered throughout its pages to illustrate some obscure word, and fascinated by the etymological information in each entry. I was […]

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The Emancipist, Veronica Sweeney

(This article is also featured on Veronica Sweeney has been a published novelist for twenty-eight years. She wrote her trilogy, The Emancipist, after nine and a half years of research. It was first published in one volume by Pan MacMillan in 1985 and reprinted consistently for twenty years by publishing houses such as Century Hutchinson, Simon & Schuster, Avon Books, Bantam and HarperCollins. It is now being printed by as a trilogy. “I was surprised that the publishers didn’t want a trilogy,” she says, “It was published as […]

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