Stinging Fly Summer Workshop

000a8f9f-630Due to the incredible response for June’s week-long fiction workshop with Sean O’Reilly, The Stinging Fly is offering a second session. The deadline for applications is 18 May and the workshop runs from 6–10 July.

Organised by The Stinging Fly in association with the Irish Writers Centre

This is an intensive week-long daytime workshop designed for writers of short stories and/or the novel. It will be led by Sean O’Reilly.

Up to ten writers will be offered a place based on work they’ve submitted by the application deadline, which is Thursday, April 23rd. During the workshop, each writer’s work will be up for in-depth discussion twice. All the work will have been shared and closely read in advance. Also included in the structure of the course are three sessions on aspects of narrative prose by guest speakers, including the editors of The Stinging Fly.

Dates: July 6th – July 10th 2015

Times: Monday to Friday, 10.15am-4.30pm

Venue: Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Cost: €325 (or €300 for IWC members)


How to apply:

Writers interested are asked to submit either a short story or a novel extract before 5pm on Monday 18 May.

The short story should not exceed 6,000 words and the novel extract should not exceed 15 pages.

Please use font size 12 and at least 1.5 line spacing.

We will accept either Word.doc or Word.docx files.

Your name should not appear on the story or extract. Instead, send a separate cover page with your name, the title of your novel/story, your email address, your postal address and phone number.

Email the story or extract to with Summer Fiction Workshop along with your name in the subject heading.


What happens then:

We will read all the stories and extracts submitted and offer 8–10 places on the workshop on or before Monday 25 May.

Writers will then have one week to confirm their place and to pay the workshop fee.

By Monday 22 June, each participating writer will be expected to have submitted two stories or novel extracts for circulation among the group. Participants must then undertake to have read all this work ahead of the workshop starting on Monday 6 July.

The workshop leader will devise the running order for the week of workshops based on the work submitted.


See also:


Wicklow County Council Mentoring Scheme

**Closing date has been extended to Friday May 8th**

Produced by Children’s Books Ireland, Irish Writers Centre and Poetry Ireland

Developed by WORDS Ireland for and in partnership with Wicklow County Council Arts Office


WORDS Ireland and Wicklow County Council are offering five mentorship opportunities to Wicklow writers who are seeking to engage with a mentor over a period of six months from May 2015. This scheme is open to writers in any fiction genre: young adult and children’s books, short stories, playwriting, screenwriting, novels or poetry. The mentorships will focus on Manuscript Development in the main, but may include other aspects in the professional development of the writer.


Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for the scheme the applicant must have been born in or be resident in County Wicklow for the last two consecutive years. The applicant will have with a track record in a professional capacity, such as having poems or short stories published in recognised journals or magazines (print or online), or a book of fiction, or a collection of poetry or short stories published by a recognised publisher.


Who is not eligible to apply?

Writers of non-fiction work such as local history may not apply for the scheme. Writers who are beginning to write and have not completed a substantial piece of work will not be eligible.


Engagement period:

The mentoring process will be negotiated individually between the mentor and mentee during the 5th May to 5th November period. The scheme offers four sessions of two hours each between mentor and mentee. Each pairing will be supported by one of the four producing organisations. All of the pairings will meet and speak about their experiences at a public showcase event to take place in the week of 16th November.


Mentee contribution: While the costs of this scheme are being funded by Wicklow Arts Office and WORDS Ireland, the successful mentee are requested to contribute €100 to help offset costs and to demonstrate seriousness of intent.


How to apply:

Applications are accepted by email only to

Please include:

  1. A cover letter including your personal details and statement of artistic intent, clearly and concisely outlining the project you would like to focus on during the mentoring period and what you will gain from the mentoring process
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages) including publications with ISBNs.
  3. Clearly labelled samples of recent work (approximately 20 pages of fiction plus synopsis, or 4 – 6 poems).
  4. A short indication (no more than 500 words) as to why you wish to partake in the scheme and how it would benefit your artistic practice.
  5. A line to confirm your willingness to contribute €100 to engage in the scheme.


Applications will be assessed on the following basis:

  • Artistic merit
  • Track record of applicant
  • Benefit to the applicant’s practice
  • Adherence to the conditions and guidelines for application



Application deadline: 

Friday May 8th at 5pm. Please ensure that your complete application is attached in a single document. No late applications will be considered. Applications will be acknowledged by email on receipt.


Selection process: 

Applications will go before a selection committee comprising of a representative from each of the producing organisations, a representative from Wicklow County Arts Office and an independent writer. The successful applicants will be notified by Friday May 1st, 2015.

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Publishing Ireland


Publishing Ireland was founded in 1970 as CLÉ – Irish Book Publishers’ Association  in response to the need felt by publishers to share expertise and resources in order to benefit from opportunities and solve problems which were of common concern to all.

Membership of Publishing Ireland has grown significantly and comprises most of the major publishing houses in Ireland with a mixture of trade, general and academic publishers as members.

Publishing Ireland is a cross-border organisation, with a Board drawn from the member companies’ staff and various committees and working groups. Publishing Ireland is run on the principles of inclusion and accountability, responding to and anticipating members’ needs.

Irish Writers Centre

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Founded in 1991, the Irish Writers Centre is the national resource centre for Irish literature.

Their mission is to support and promote writers at all stages of their development.

The IWC offers a diverse programme of writing courses and workshops led by established writers across a range of genres including memoir, poetry, playwriting, short-stories and the novel.

The Centre runs seminars, lectures and readings related to the art of writing and also hosts a monthly Takin’ the Mic, where members of the public are encouraged to share their creative endeavours.

They welcome writers, readers and international visitors keen to develop their career as a writer.


Literature Ireland

Literature Ireland brings the finest of Irish literature in the best possible literary translations to readers around the world. It does this by awarding translation grants to publishers, by hosting literary translators in Ireland, and by representing Irish writers at international events, book fairs and festivals.

A not-for-profit organisation, Literature Ireland (known as Ireland Literature Exchange until 2016) is funded by Culture Ireland and the Arts Council. Operating since 1995, Literature Ireland has funded the translation of over 2,000 works of Irish literature into 56 languages around the world.

Our services include:

  • Running a translation grant programme for publishers to fund the translation of literature from Ireland into foreign languages, and the translation of foreign literature into English or Irish.
  • Operating a residential bursary programme for literary translators.
  • Attending international book fairs and festivals and managing the Irish national stands at the London and Frankfurt book fairs.
  • Support for international author and translator events.
  • Providing information to publishers, agents, translators, writers and other interested parties.
  • Publishing and distributing New Writing from Ireland and other publications.
  • Participating in international literary translation projects.

Munster Literature Centre

Founded in 1993, the Munster Literature Centre (Ionad Litríochta an Deiscirt) is a non-profit arts organisation dedicated to the promotion and celebration of literature, especially that of Munster. To this end, we organise festivals, workshops, readings and competitions. Our publishing section, Southword Editions, publishes a biannual journal, poetry collections and short stories. We actively seek to support new and emerging writers and are assisted in our efforts through funding from Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland.Originally located in Sullivan’s Quay, the centre moved to its current premises in the Frank O’Connor House (the author’s birthplace) at 84 Douglas Street, in 2003.

In 2000, the Munster Literature Centre organised the first Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival, an event dedicated to the celebration of the short story and named for one of Cork’s most beloved authors. The festival showcases readings, literary forums and workshops. Following continued growth and additional funding, the Cork City – Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award was introduced in 2005, coinciding with Cork’s designation as that year’s European Capital of Culture. The award is now recognised as the single biggest prize for a short story collection in the world and is presented at the end of the festival.

In 2002, the Munster Literature Centre introduced the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize, an annual short story competition dedicated to one of Ireland’s most accomplished story writers and theorists. This too is presented during the FOC festival. The centre also hosts the Cork Spring Literary Festival each year, at which the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize is awarded (established 2010).

Workshops are held by featured authors in both autumn and spring, allowing the general public to receive creative guidance in an intimate setting for a minimal fee. In addition, the centre sponsors a Writer in Residence each year.

Children’s Books Ireland

CBI is the national children’s books organisation of Ireland. Through our many activities and events we aim to engage young people with books, foster a greater understanding of the importance of books for young people and act as a core resource for those with an interest in books for children in Ireland.

Children’s Books Ireland was founded in 1997 as a result of the merger of The Irish Children’s Book Trust (ICBT) and the Children’s Literature Association of Ireland (CLAI). Both of these organisations had developed during the late eighties and nineties, a time of significant progress in Ireland for publishing and writing for children. The new organisation, Children’s Books Ireland, set up as a company limited by guarantee, obtained charitable status and adopted a memorandum and articles.

CBI’s primary source of funding is The Arts Council, which has always recognised the importance of our remit for children in Ireland. CBI first received Arts Council funding, both revenue and capital, in 1997. Revenue funding has been received annually since, enabling continued growth and development. Additional funding is actively sought from a variety of sources, which currently include membership, subscriptions, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Culture Ireland, Foras na Gaeilge and commercial sponsors.

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