ONGOING • NUMEROUS AUTHORS AVAILABLE • €500/€475 MEMBERS
Are you struggling to complete your novel or could you use a trained eye to help you finish your book of poetry? Have you got a play or film script underway that needs a professional point of view or perhaps you're working to complete a collection of short fiction? The Irish Writers Centre is developing a panel of
published and experienced authors acting as mentors, across all forms and genres, to help you to help you make your writing as good as it can be. Your chosen author will meet you in person for three intensive two-hour sessions over a period of up to six months. Up to 6,000 words of prose or 20 pages of poetry will be read intensively in advance of each meeting. This initiative isaimed at proficient writers looking for professional input.
Rob Doyle (Fiction)
Mark Granier (Poetry)
Sarah Webb (Children's Fiction)
Jessica Traynor (Playwriting)
Ferdia MacAnna (Film and TV Script, Writing Comedy)
Dave Lordan (Poetry and Short Fiction)
Declan Burke (Crime Writing)
Louise Phillips (Crime Writing)
Conor Kostick (Fiction / Sci-Fi and Fantasy)
David Butler (Fiction)
Henry McDonald (Memoir / Journalism / Feature Writing)
Enda Wyley (Poetry)
Peter Sirr (Poetry)
Terms, Conditions and Booking
Writer: Person paying for the service
Mentor: Person providing the service
The mentor may request to see a sample of the writer’s work in advance of payment in order for the mentor to decide whether they are suited to the job.
The mentor commits to intensively reading up to 6,000 words of prose or 20 pages of poetry in advance of each of the three meetings. This may vary if working on a script for film, TV or a play. This will be agreed in advance of payment on a case by case basis.
The writer agrees to limit their communication with the mentor to: submitting work in advance of meetings and arranging meetings.
All discussion of writing work should take place within the three sessions.
Meetings should take place in a mutually agreed place or via Skype or similar. The Irish Writers Centre can be used free of charge subject to opening hours and room availability.
The three meetings should take place within six months of the first submission of writing to the mentor. This period can only be extended if mutually agreed by writer and mentor.
Any meetings, communications or arrangements planned for after the final meeting between writer and mentor fall outside any agreement initiated with the Irish Writers Centre, the Irish Writers Centre therefore takes no responsibilities for relationship managing after this point. The writer can, however, book the services of the mentor for further session(s) through the Irish Writers Centre.
It is strongly recommended that the writer research the writings of the mentor they hope to work with to get a feel for their style and personality. The Irish Writers Centre will help you find the most suitable match but will not refund due to personal mismatches or creative differences with the mentor.
Refunds due to changes in circumstances of the writer or a desire not to continue with the mentoring scheme cannot be provided. Only a doctor’s note stating that the writers cannot continue with the mentoring relationship for the remainder of the six months will be eligible for partial refund.
Payment must be made upfront once the mentor has agreed to work with the writer. At that point, the writer and the mentor will be introduced by email by the Irish Writers Centre.