Since 2015 we have welcomed writers to learn, network and improve their craft. Our mission is to help writers excel and to provide opportunities for writers to learn from key industry professionals.
Dublin is a World Heritage City and home to some of the most famous writers. This event is an opportunity for all writers, everywhere, to connect with the literary culture of Dublin and to learn from experts and peers from around the world. Join us.
Writers, both aspiring and experienced, are all welcome.
This festival provides practical support, valuable training and an opportunity to get to know fellow writers and industry professionals through our online communities.
Experience world class training sessions on writing craft
Enjoy connecting with fellow writers through our online communities
This event is about writers helping writers.
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“This was really special. The speakers were amazing. Can’t wait for next year!”
Panel 1 – On Writing Techniques
Mark Schaefer discusses how he writes so consistently (nine books in 11 years), the profound impact of the pandemic on his latest work "Cumulative Advantage," and why he decided to hire a "sensitivity reader" as an editor for the first time.
Mark Schaefer is a globally acclaimed keynote speaker, university educator, strategy consultant, podcaster, and blogger. He is the bestselling author of nine books including Marketing Rebellion, KNOWN, and Cumulative Advantage.
Anne Janzer - 3 Practices of Successful Nonfiction Authors - How do you set yourself up for success when writing a nonfiction book? Anne Janzer shares three key practices, based on extensive research with nonfiction authors.
Anne Janzer is a nonfiction author, development editor, and unabashed writing geek dedicated to helping others make an impact with their writing.
Patricia Gitt - “Women – My author’s perspective” - A personal writer’s perspective on creating accomplished women facing a crisis, celebrating each of my protagonists as individuals in thought and deed.
Patricia Gitt is a former senior executive in public relations in the United States. Patricia’s insider’s view of accomplished women is highlighted in her novels.
Catherine Kullmann discusses what happened when she became intrigued by a minor character who had already featured in two novels; how she dealt with spoilers in the resulting new story and subsequently marketed all three books.
Catherine Kullmann has written six novels that are set in the extended Regency period, against a background of the offstage, Napoleonic Wars, and consider in particular the situation of women trapped in a patriarchal society.
Steven James- How do you write a novel without an outline? Find out as Steven James discusses crafting the beginning of his thriller EVERY DEADLY KISS.
Steven James is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen thrillers. His novels have won more than a dozen honors and awards and have been optioned for television.
Alex McGilvery introduces his book, Columbia Smoke, and talks about worldbuilding in a real world setting.
Alex McGilvery reviewed books for twenty-five years, reading all genres. Within the last few years, he shifted focus to editing. As a content editor, he works with authors to polish their stories through focus on plot, character, tone.
Heather Richardson - Novelist Heather Richardson shares her experience of telling a story in an unconventional way, through an embroidered dress.
Gerald M. Kilby - How a real world radio interview inspired an off-world story. Ideas for stories can come from many sources, but a radio interview with a group who planned to send people to Mars, on a one way ticket, proved to be the inspiration needed to create a bestselling sci-fi series.
Gerald M. Kilby is an acclaimed science fiction author. Reaction is his first novel written in the old-school techno-thriller style. His latest books, Colony Mars and The Belt, are best sellers, topping Amazon charts for Hard Science Fiction & Space Exploration.
Barbara Spencer – How a cataclysmic trip to Amsterdam in 2010 resulted in my writing ‘The Year the Swans Came’, while its fascinating male lead, Zande, became responsible for the trilogy Children of Zeus.
Barbara Spencer is an award-winning children’s author, Barbara is now writing fantasy/magical realism for an older audience.
Andréa Fehsenfeld - The Magic of Theme - Why you tell the story is as important as the story.
Andréa Fehsenfeld is an award-winning author and TV producer. Her second novel, A Rainbow Like You, was named a “Best Book of 2020” five weeks after publication.
Junot Díaz - The Artist and Their Critical Self or How I Wrote My Novel "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao."
Darrell Case is an American Christian writer who has been creating stories for some 26 years. He has worked hard over the years to perfect his craft, reading numerous books on writing and taking several courses. With 12 books in print, 10 in audio and 6 that appear in other languages, he has won best mystery 2020 with Author Elite Awards
Melissa Rea is an American writer, author of Conjuring Casanova (2016) - Recommended Indie Book by Kirkus Review and Nights of Alice Book I, Rabbithole (2021)
Panel 2 – Tools for Writers
Rachel Drury - Meet some of the self-published authors from Buy the Book.ie and watch them speak about the inspiration behind their books.
Rachel Drury, the founder of Buy the Book, an Independent and Irish-owned marketplace and author community established in 2021 for self-published authors to sell their books.
Catherine DeVrye - Drawing from her presentation to 1600 delegates at the World Airline conference on 9-11, exactly 20 years ago, in this virtual presentation today, she shares the importance of hope and persistence—why books matter!
Catherine deVrye is author of 9 books, including three #1 best-sellers translated into over a dozen languages. Her memoir was nominated for the Australian Biography prize.
When Kathleen Kelley Reardon decided to create audio books for her two crime mysteries, Shadow Campus and Damned If She Does, she turned to local, West Cork talent. In this video, we see what was learned during that process by the performers: Karen Minihan for Shadow Campus; Brendan Conroy and Camilla Griehsel for Damned If She Does. The latter was done during Covid lockdown in Ireland and was released by Audible and on iTunes in 2021.
Kathleen Kelley Reardon, professor, writer and artist, has published ten nonfiction books and two crime mysteries. Professor of business and communication, she has published in journals, magazines, and was a signature front-page blogger with Huffington Post (2005-2016.)
Dr. Nita Mishra, A Woman of Letters weaves academic research writing with poetry and theatre, and indicates possible subjects for writing using letters as a tool of creative research.
Dr. Nita Mishra is a post-doctoral researcher on Social Inclusion and part-time lecturer for International Development at University College Cork. Her poetry, critically acclaimed as the future of Irish feminism, reflects the lives of migrant women globally.
M.G. Crisci - Engaging multi-media discussion of how every author has personal experiences that can become the inspiration to create best-selling literary works. Includes a personal real-world example.
Mary Anne Edwards speaking on her world as an author and her private life as well.
Mary Anne listened to the voices in her head and began writing her award-winning mystery series featuring Detective Charlie McClung.
Nicola Pierce, author of historical fiction for children describes her writing journey, her books and how she works.