The Irish Writers Centre National Mentoring Programme

  • 31st Dec
  • All Day Event
  • Droichead Arts Centre
For more information on this event please contact 041 98 33946

          The Irish Writers Centre National Mentoring Programme

Droichead Arts Centre are delighted to announce that local writer Liam Maguire has been selected by the Irish Writers Centre to receive professional literary mentoring over the next eight months from an acclaimed Irish writer of their choice.

After a national call out, 39 writers have been selected from a total of 416 hundred applicants. Liam Maguire is a writer from Louth. His work has been published in HOWL, Púca Magazine, the Honest Ulsterman and Aimsir. He currently works as an editorial assistant.

Droichead Arts Centre funds the literary mentorships along with the Arts Council of Ireland. This support ensures that the chosen mentees receives the support free of charge. It is also an investment in the long-term literary reputation of the region.

The mentoring process involves four 90 minute meetings between the selected mentee and their chosen professional writer. Each mentor reads up to 10,000 words / 180 lines of the awarded mentee’s writing in advance of all four meetings, sharing their kind and critical feedback with the mentee, face-to-face at each meeting. Mentors also provide broad professional advice, sharing the benefit of their years of experience. 

The Irish Writers Centre’s mission is to support a vibrant and diverse community of writers of all types and talents to develop their craft, capacity and confidence to thrive as a writer in the world. The hope for the National Mentoring Programme is that the chosen mentees will go on to write the next great works of literature with the support and sustenance of their chosen mentor. It’s a form of peer-to-peer teaching that is increasingly popular in literary community, formalising the process whereby successful writers pass on their craft and experience to the next generation of writers across the island.

Running since 2017, the programme now has numerous published authors among its alumni, including Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Fíona Scarlett, Will Keohane, Alice Kinsella and Victoria Kennefick to name just a few.

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