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.


Focused On Helping Authors & Aspiring Authors

See below for our conference speakers, schedule & payment option at the bottom of the page. 

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2021 Conference

From September 11th, 2021, Video Recordings Will Be Available To Watch From Authors Including Two Pulitzer Prize Winners, Geraldine Brooks and Junot Diaz, And Many Other Special Author Guests.

Why join us?

  • Experience world class training sessions on writing craft

  • Enjoy connecting with fellow writers through our online communities

  • This event is about writers helping writers.

What authors have said about this event:

Art Johnson, American musician and writer.

Awesome

“An inspiring event.”

Catherine DeVrye, best selling author, Sydney, Australia.

Awesome

“Exceeded all expectations-Free from hype and full of practical information.”

JJ Toner, full time independent author, Dublin, Ireland.

Awesome

“This was really special. The speakers were amazing. Can’t wait for next year!”

Schedule

Interaction: There will be an opportunity after each talk to engage in our online community with other attendees and speakers.



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 RebellionKNOWN, 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.

Heather Richardson is a Belfast-based multi-genre writer. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies in Ireland, the UK and Australia. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at The Open University.

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."

Junot Díaz is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist.

Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Darrell Case on rejection’s naysayers dream breakers. If I can encourage one author to never, never, never give up.

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 talking about how she came to write and giving a bit of advice that might help other writers on this journey of pleasure and pain we call writing

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.

Manhattan-born M.G. Crisci is the critically acclaimed author of 16 books across multiple genres inspired by real events, and his library ranks in the 10% of Amazon authors.

He is also considered an expert in consumer behavior and product branding and has been elected to Who’s Who in the World 24 times.

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.

Nicola Pierce published her first novel, Spirit of the Titanic, to rave reviews. She went on to bring her knowledge of this great ship, and all who sailed in her, to a non-fiction work: Titanic: True Stories of Her Passengers, Crew and Legacy.

Nicola’s latest book, a history of Dublin’s O’Connell Street, arrives in book shops in September 2021.

 

Interaction: There will be an opportunity after each talk to engage in our online community with other attendees and speakers.


Panel 3 – Author Presentations


Ann Richardson talks about her three creative non-fiction books – about living with AIDS in the early 1990s, working in end-of-life care and being a grandmother – comparing them to TV documentaries.

Ann Richardson, a retired social researcher, writes on varied topics that capture her interest, using in-depth interviews. Current books are about people with HIV/AIDS during that pandemic, people who work in end-of-life care and grandmothers. A memoir, The Granny Who Stands on her Head, will be available shortly. 

Donna Maltz, a self-published author, shares her Covid writing journey and fun, creative marketing strategies to shake up the norm and grow your audience. Book launches and book clubs are just a few of the things she covers in thsi video

Her books include Living Like the Future Matter ~ The Evolution of A Soil to Soul Entrepreneur. I AM ~ A Guided Journal to Cultivate Abundance, Conscious Cures~Soulutions to 21st Century Pandemics and Yummy Recipes, Wilderness Wonders, an activity cookbook for kids and adults. www.donnamaltz.com. Donna has been an Eco-Entrepreneur since 1980. Regenerative Soulutions are at the forefront of her writing and businesses.

Jim Mosquera - Rebellium: A realistic thriller, alarmingly true to our times. The 2nd book in the Chandler Scott series. In a fast-paced thriller, Chandler Scott continues his quest for the dream story. But his mentors may not be able to save him.  Will he sacrifice his career, his love, and his life?

Jim Mosquera is a published author of fiction and non-fiction. His non-fiction work will make you understand why the proposed solutions for our problems will not work. His fictional work is so realistic, it will make you wonder if such stories are possible. 

Niamh Campbell - On the origin and significance of the epigraph to my second novel, forthcoming with Weidenfeld and Nicolson in 2022, We Were Young – ‘there is only one woman in the world’ – in the context of women writing Ireland's recent history. It concludes with an excerpt from the unpublished book.

Niamh Campbell won the 2020 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award with her story Love Many. This is the richest prize for a single short story in the English language. Her debut novel This Happy from Weidenfeld and Nicolson is out now.

Chris Rush discusses one of his books, The Legend of Loftus Hall, which helped catapult him internationally and greatly develop his writing career. Chris also outlines the topic and process of his next title - Within Their Screams.

Chris Rush's first book, Folklore, became an international best seller, and was followed by the hugely successful All Shall Suffer. Chris’ latest book Folklore: The Second Tale is available now.

Judith Barrow talks about the relationships in families on the video, especially the special, sometimes ambivalent relationship between mother and daughter. She will also read a short fragment from The Memory. 

Judith Barrow is a Creative Writing tutor for Pembrokeshire County Council and holds private one-to-one workshops on all genres.

Elise Garibaldi with her grandmother (the last Holocaust survivor of Bremen) discussing cover-ups, lies, and Germany’s modern-day distortion of history in her thrilling true-crime expose entitled, Never Enough: the Carl Katz Story.

Elise Garibaldi writes narrative nonfiction, so that her work is both historically accurate and page-turning. Her debut book, Roses in a Forbidden Garden a Holocaust Love Story, and an Amazon Bestseller. 

Conor Kostick - Why is Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke such a good book? Here, Conor Kostick argues that above all, it is because of the narrative voice: a witty, judgemental and fallible omniscience.

Conor Kostick is a novelist and historian. He teaches a popular course, ‘Finish Your Novel’, at the Irish Writers Centre. He also teaches medieval history, and the history of the Crusades, at Trinity College, Dublin. 

Dr. Lisa Nezneski - Seven Mindful Questions brings mindfulness to the stressed-out working professional who is juggling multiple priorities.

Dr. Lisa Nezneski is a leading authority in the field of Integrative Medicine, bringing the benefits of traditional medicine, meditation and alternative modalities in a well-rounded approach to health and healing. Dr. Nezneski is a board-certified pharmacotherapist, Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, professional healthcare consultant, Botanical Medicine specialist, Reiki Master, Intuitive, author, and speaker.

Geraldine Brooks talks about her forthcoming novel, her favorite novel from her own list, character development in her novels, advice for writers and how the pandemic may affect us as writers.

Geraldine Brooks worked for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. In 1990, with her husband Tony Horwitz, she won the Overseas Press Club Award for best coverage of the Gulf War. 

Geraldine was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March. Her novels, Caleb’s Crossing and People of the Book, were  New York Times best sellers. Her first novel, Year of Wonders is an international bestseller, translated into more than 25 languages and currently optioned for a major motion picture starring Andrew Lincoln. She is also the author of the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire, Foreign Correspondence and The Idea of Home.

Joan Ramirez, author, teacher, speaker, ESL specialist, talks about some of her books available at joansbookshelf.com: Secret Desires, a contemporary romance, Jamie is Autistic is about a child with learning difficulties, Go for it leadership Handbook is for students to learn about leadership, The Write Rules is a basic writing handbook for those needing help with writing in English.

Joan Ramirez has an M.S. in Journalism, an M.S. in English as a Second Language, and an M.S. in Elementary/Special Education. She has taught ESL in South Korea, Hong Kong, and Vietnam–to name a few countries. Nonfiction books for children has been a primary focus, including books on autism and leadership for young students.


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