NaNo 2011 is Over – Now What?

If you’ve written anything at all this month (even a lot less than 50,000 words) and you enjoyed it – you may want to continue writing. I hope some of the information below will help you in that plan.

Writers’ Groups in Ireland NorthEast

Note: This is not a comprehensive list – if you know of others, please let me know via a comment and I’ll add it in. Thanks!

The Saltwater Scribblers are a Drogheda-based group who meet every Monday. Find them on Facebook and twitter, or email them at Several of their members do Nano every year. They also host a monthly event on the last Wednesday of the month where published authors/poets read from their work.

The Laytown Scribblers formed this year and have yet to find a permanent meeting place, but meetings are usually every second Monday evenings and are arranged via Meetup – see The organizer is Nicola Blendell.

The Meath Writers Circle meets on the first Thursday of every month in the Trim Castle Hotel. Contact Tommy Murray at 046-31747 or

The Boyne Writers group meets on Thursdays twice a month in the Castle Arch Hotel, Trim. The emphasis is on constructive feedback in a non-threatening atmosphere. New members are always welcome. Contact the group by email:, post to Castle Arch Hotel, Summerhill Road, Trim, Co. Meath, or web :

The Ardgillan Castle Writers’ Group meets every Saturday morning 10.30-12.30. There is no charge. Contact them via Ardgillan Castle, Skerries, Co. Dublin.

Sadly the Balbriggan Library Writers’ Group is currently on a break. It may re-form during 2012, so if you’re interested let me know and I’ll pass it on to the rest of the former members.

Apparently there is a Dundalk Writers’ Circle but I have been unable to get contact information for them.

Monaghan Song and Poetry Writers – again I don’t have contact information for this group

Cootehill Writers Group – contact Kay Phelan at 049-5552321 or Station Road, Cootehill, Co. Cavan.

The Cavan Lit Lab – contact 4 Gardenrath Road, Lower Kells, Co. Meath. They have been heavily involved in the recent Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann festivals in Cavan town.

Useful Market and Contest Ezines

The Irish Writers Centre runs a variety of courses and has recently begun a Novel Fair (they got 600 applications for 20 spots at the fair to pitch your novel). Their weekly newsletter often has details of Irish contests and magazines seeking submissions.

Hope C Clark’s Funds for Writers weekly newsletters are the best I’ve come across. She lists contests, arts grants, jobs, agents, and publications seeking submissions. Many are in the US as that’s where she is based, but she regularly features Irish/UK items too and the feature article and her editorial are valuable sources of information too. She is open to Irish submissions for the feature article.

Brendan Nolan’s Ask about Writing site is a good weekly source for UK and Irish writing news and submission calls (

Links to Writing Sites

See the list of links on the right of this post. I strongly recommend for help with revising your novel.

Irish Fiction Publishers and Agents

{Always research a publisher or agent before approaching them. Make sure your submission is right for them and that they are right for you too}

Irish Fiction Publishers

New Island (

Poolbeg ( )

Hachette Ireland (

Penguin Ireland (

Transworld Ireland (

Lilliput Press (

Liberties Press – mainly non-fiction (

O’Brien Press – no adult fiction (

Little Island Press – teen fiction only (

Arlen House – mainly poetry and short fiction (

Irish Agents

Geraldine Nichols and the Book Bureau – 7 Duncairn Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow, Tel: (01) 2764996, Fax: (01) 2764834,

Marianne Gunne-O’Connor Literary Agency – Ireland, Suite 17 Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2, Tel: (01) 6779100,

The Lisa Richards Agency –

Jonathan Williams Literary Agency – Rosney Mews, Upper Glenageary Road, Glenageary, Co Dublin, Tel: (01) 2803482 , Fax: (01) 2803482

Font Literary Agency –

Emma Walsh –

Author Rights Agency Ltd –

Prizeman and Kinsella Literary Agency –

The Feldstein Agency in Belfast –

I hope some of that information is of help. If you know of something I left out – please contact me via a comment here. I’m especially interested in expanding my knowledge of writers groups in Cavan and Monaghan so I can invite them to join us on NaNoWriMo.

happy writing, Grace


About wordfoolery

Grace Tierney is a writer and mother living in rural Ireland. Specialising in a humourous slant thanks to years of reading Wodehouse, Dickens, Pratchett, Brookmyre, and chick-lit galore, her fiction and non-fiction writing has been published internationally and locally in everything from the local paper to anthologies, online media, coffee tins, and glossy magazines in several different countries. She has published three books for writers; “Positive Thoughts for Writers”, “The Writing Contest Expert's Guide to Fiction Contests”, and “The Writing Contest Expert’s Guide to Nonfiction Contests” based on her long-running contest column for Writer Online (available at Grace is currently writing her second chick-lit novel. For more information about Grace’s work see
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