Thursday, March 8, 2012

This week on

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Thinking of self publishing? Catherine Ryan Howard is bringing her Faber Academy workshop to Dublin for Inkwell on 3rd March. Find out everything you need to know to self publish successfully at Inkwell Self Printed
Writing short stories? Win a place at Anam Cara Writer and Artist's Retreat on their fabulous short story workshop in June. See below for details!
The Irish are renowned for being a nation of story tellers. 
Find out what the story is, starting right here..... 

This week on
summer_tom_darlingTom Darling's Summer was published earlier this year to great critical acclaim, Marese O'Sullivan caught up with him to find out more about Summer, and his screenwriting career.
ThreatentowinThey say write what you know, and Ireland's Dick Francis, Brian O'Connor, racing journalist for the Irish Times, knows horse racing. Threaten to Win is out this week, but O'Connor isn't a man who's afraid to speak his mind...
sarah webb2With Waterford readying itself for a fabulous programme of events for Waterford Writers Weekend, Sarah Webb tells us just what the family showThe Ideas Shop is all about. March 23rd-25th, Waterford Writers Weekend, have an incredible line up - meet explorer extroadinaire Tim Serverin, investigative crime journalist Donal McIntyre together with Beiruit hostage Brian Keenan and Mountjoy's ex-Governor John Lonergan plus a host of international best selling writers from Monica McInerney to Sinead Moriarty!

  • Ellora's Cave author Caroline McCall reveals just how she found a US publisher and gives you her tips to follow in her footsteps.
  • Y Books are launching The New Big Book of HOPE eBook in April. In an exciting new competition run in conjunction with The Inkwell Group, they are looking for 3 new writers - fiction, non fiction (including memoir) and poetry - to join over 40 of Ireland's leading writers and personalities to raise much needed funds for The HOPE Foundation. Find out more at our competitions page!

anamcarablue_doorCheck out our fantastic 250 word short story competition run in association with Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat. Award winning author and guest facilitator at Anam Cara Vanessa Gebbie reveals how to bring your fiction to life using the five senses.
If you'd like to win a place on Vanessa's 9-15 June workshop "Short Fiction:  So Much More Than It Seems..." find out more at our competitions page.

In Mining Memories, Mattie Lennon reveals how having Time On My Hands landed him in hot water in 1972
If you have a memory story to share with us and the National Folklore Archive, helping to build a first hand picture of Ireland's history, please send it in! Check out our Tell Your Own Story for how..

And in our Guest Blogs...
lou_ptwitter Louise Phillips welcomes guest posts at Crime Scene, and this week Frances de Plino reveals who she really is and more about Bad Moon Rising, in Getting Inside the Killer's Head
Alison_Wells_2Alison Wells wonders if writing can ruin your love of reading in Random Acts of Optimism
Barry Houlihan is Calling All New Playwrights at Centre Stage


Sarah Maria Griffin is guest posting at Poetic License at the launch of Roger Greg's The Muse Unbidden
Elizabeth Rose Murray looks at Social Media Training - from the other From the Front Row

Tell Us Your Story
We looking for your submissions of personal essays in the Monday Miscellany, Mining Memories and Writing & Me sections! See what we have there now and check here for full submission guidelines:

We are working with the National Folklore Collection in UCD to preserve selected submissions to these sections to add to their rich archive.

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Vanessa is a publishing consultant and runs Inkwell Writers Workshops, one of Ireland's leading publishing consultancies. She is PRO for Irish PEN and a member of Publishing Ireland.

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