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National Emerging Writer Programme

What is the National Emerging Writer Programme?

Have you always wanted to write a book but don’t know how to start? The National Emerging Writers Programme, aims to encourage new writing talent from all parts of the country by providing expert advice on DVD and online from some of Ireland’s best known and internationally successful writers.

Hear Carlo Gébler discuss Starting to Write, Sinéad Moriarty talk about Telling the Story and Declan Hughes giving tips on Revising, Rewriting and Overcoming Obstacles.

 The DVDs are available to borrow from libraries nationwide or access the content below via YouTube . The DVD is also available to purchase from Amazon.  

The National Emerging Writers Programme is a Dublin UNESCO City of Literature project which has been developed in association with Writing.ie and is funded by Dept. Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht.


Who is it for?

Whether you are a completely new writer or a writer who has been working on a project or projects for some time, you will find tips and invaluable advice in these programmes. Available worldwide, you don't have to be Irish to benefit from the expertise of our authors.


The Programme

Getting Started

Reading Is Essential

Creating A Structure For Your Story

Setting Achievable Goals

Start At The Beginning

Developing Character

The Importance Of Change


Write Every Day

Consider Joining A Writers Group

Key Points To Remember


Telling The Story:

Developing Your Idea

Writing Your First Draft

Developing Your Voice

Which Point Of View And Tense Should You Use?

Making Your Characters Come To Life

How Many Characters?


Plotting And Planning

Approaches To Creating A Structure

Keeping The Story Moving

Write What You Know?

Approaches To Research

Making Your Characters Talk

Bringing Your Story To Life

Listen To Your Subconscious

Telling The Story: Essential Points


Revising And Rewriting:

Making Time To Write

It's Not Easy - Writers' Block?

Writing Is Rewriting



Overcoming Problems

Some Final Tips


Where do I find the support materials?

Additional support materials including our authors’ recommendations for books that you can read in order to develop your writing are available from writing.ie 



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