The National Emerging Writer Programme

Have you ever thought you have a book inside you just waiting to be written? This is your chance to do something about it. The National Emerging Writer Programme was launched by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, in January of this year.

A Dublin UNESCO City of Literature project, developed by the writers’ resource website, comprises of three programmes on a single 40 minute DVD. The programmes focus on essential writing techniques, suitable for new and experienced writers and are packed full of tips from well known Irish writers, Carlo Gébler, Declan Hughes and Sinéad Moriarty.

The DVDs are available to borrow from libraries nationwide and content is available online at or on YouTube. The DVDs are also available to purchase from Amazon.

Dublin is the fourth city to receive the prestigious UNESCO City of Literature designation. Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Jane Alger, said “The development of a National Emerging Writer Programme by Dublin City of Literature and will continue to focus world attention on Irish writing and provide advice and support for writers across the country. We hope that 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.”

“The National Emerging Writer 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. Writing is a solitary profession and support is essential. The programme is a natural extension of our core objectives and we were delighted to work with the Dublin City of Literature team to develop this exciting project.” said Vanessa O’Loughlin of

The National Emerging Writer Programme is a Dublin UNESCO City of Literature project which has been developed in association with and is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.