National Mentoring Programme 2017



We are pleased to announce the eleven writers selected for the Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme. We’re now in the process of pairing writers with suitable professional writer-mentors from our mentor panel. Each mentee will have their work read thoroughly in advance of four mentor meetings over the course of the next eight months.

We partnered with six arts organisations and local arts office in order to increase the number of mentoring opportunities available. Sincere thanks go to the following Arts Offices for supporting the pilot mentoring programme.

  • Leitrim Arts Office
  • Kilkenny Arts Office,
  • Limerick Arts Office,
  • Wexford Arts Office,
  • Wicklow Arts Office,
  • Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office and Library Service

Sincere thanks also to the Arts Council of Ireland. The selected mentees and their mentors are:

Mentees Form Mentor
Angela Carr Poetry  Enda Wyley
Julie Cruickshank
Fiction  Alan McMonagle
Serena Lawless
Children’s / YA  Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Kerri Ward
Children’s / YA  Sarah Webb
Eve Power Children’s / YA  Oisín McGann
Jim Maguire Poetry Peter Sirr
Paul Duffy Fiction David Butler
Caitriona Quirke Fiction Niall Williams
Pat Murphy Fiction Nuala Ní Choncúir
Niamh MacCabe Fiction Sean O’Reilly
Angela Finn
Fiction Nessa O’Mahony



How to become a Words Ireland Mentor or Mentee
Our mentor panel is made up of writers with three or more books published and have extensive creative writing teaching experience. Becoming a mentee is open to writers who have published two or fewer books! Applications to become a mentee will appear on this webpage later in 2018. Mentors interested in joining the panel can email with writing and teaching CV.


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