On Friday afternoon, the Irish Writers Association came to the Hinterland Festival in Kells. Events Officer Kate Cunningham talked eloquently about the many benefits the Centre has to offer the beginning, emerging, or professional writer.
The Irish Writers’ Centre which is located in Parnell Square Dublin, has long been the premier resource for Irish writers at every stage of their career. In addition to being an unrivaled source of information, they serve to promote writers, and to offer educational programmes that cover every genre. In short, there is something for writers at every stage of their career.
The IWC has recently expanded to offer classes in County Cavan, something that is exciting to those of us who live in the middle of the country and cannot easily get to Dublin. Programmes and support for Northern Irish writers are also increasingly available. Many of the large crowd who attended Kate’s session were delighted to hear that we can now access a number of the programmes and sessions online.
In addition to offering classes and resources, the Centre provides writing space at the Parnell Square site.
One of the things that seemed of great interest to the Hinterland guests was the Centre’s Mentorship Programme. This is offered by a panel of professional members who are published and experienced authors or industry professionals. They offer one-to-one guidance to intermediate and advanced level writers who seek professional input on their work.
The IWC provides a tiered membership structure, so whether you’re just starting out, or are a bestselling author, there is an option just for you. It’s worth noting that with membership you get discounts on classes. The more classes you attend, the more the membership pays for itself.
If you’d like to know more about the Irish Writers Centre, you’ll find their website is delightfully comprehensive: Irish Writers Centre
For more on the Hinterland Festival, which continues until 25th June, you’ll find a list of events here,
Finally, if you live in the Kells area and want support for your writing, consider checking out the Kells Writers Group. We meet in the Kells Public Library every Thursday at 6:30pm. Skill levels range from complete beginner to experienced professional. There is no fee for attending.