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Want to be a writer? New programme urges people to put pen to paper

Three successful Irish authors will offer tips to budding writers through YouTube videos as part of the new National Emerging Writer Programme.

IF, LIKE SO many people, you’ve ever thought you have a book inside you just waiting to burst out, this could be the year that you actually do something about it.

A new national programme is offering budding writers tips and advice from three successful authors as part of a joint project between Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and, a site aimed at authors.

The National Emerging Writer Programme has made free videos featuring writers Sinead Moriarty, Declan Hughes and Carlo Gebler about essential writing techniques in a bid to get people writing.

The bitesize videos can be seen on YouTube from today, on, and on DVDs which will be distributed to libraries across Ireland from 9 January. Extra support materials will also be available on

“Writing is a solitary profession and support is essential,” said Vanessa O’Loughlin of, adding:

The programme gives all writers the benefit of the expertise and experience of three of Ireland’s leading novelists, allowing new writers to view content at a time that suits them and to work at their own pace.

Dublin is the fourth city to be designated as the UNESCO City of Literature.

Jane Algar, the director of Dublin City of Literature said she hopes the programme will have a “significant and tangible impact on writing in Ireland, a legacy that will result in many new writers emerging on the world stage.”

This video has more information about the programme:

(Video: writingeire/YouTube)

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