Waterford Writers Weekend - Waterford, Ireland

Waterford Writers’ Weekend presents a range of panel discussions with expert writers, bloggers and publishers to help you promote your work and grow your profile in the writing and business world. Social media, blogging, self and electronic publishing are growing in popularity, so come along and find out how to use these platforms effectively.

Script and screen writing, short stories publishing and journalism professionals will be advising on best ways to get a start in their area of expertise. Enjoy the buzz of the festival, meet award winning authors and get writing!


Making Social Media Work for You

Every writer needs to reach readers, and today social media makes it easier than ever to reach your target market. Whether you are running a small business or promoting a book, this panel will explain how social media works and the tips and tricks to make it work for you. Featuring Ireland’s most successful self publisher Catherine Ryan Howard, with Derbhile Graham, Derek Flynn and Orla Shanaghy.

Friday 22nd March | 1pm  |  Greyfriars  |  €10/€8 Concession


Going Indie: Self Publishing Success

Thinking of self publishing? Find out from three of Ireland’s most successful self publishers – Catherine Ryan Howard, Hazel Gaynor and Sheena Lambert – just how they did it.

Friday 22nd March | 5.30pm   | Sabai Restaurant   | €10/€8 Concession


To Blog or not to Blog?

Mona Wise, foodblogger and journalist with The Sunday Times, Mark Graham  – award winning Year of Festivals blogger, and Anna Carey of beaut.ie and the antiroom.ie discuss what makes a great blog with Hazel Gaynor. Find out why you should start a blog, what should go in it and how you can use it to lever your career.

Saturday 23rd March  |  1pm  |  Medieval Museum  |  €10/€8 Concession


Breaking into Script & Screen

A panel discussion with RTE script writer Kieran Grimes, writer and director Ferdia McAnna, RTE script writer Clare Dowling and Blinder Film’s Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair. Find out the various routes our panelists took to start their successful careers, and get their tips for breaking into the business.

Saturday 23rd March  |  3.30pm  |  Greyfriars  |  €10/€8 Concession


Getting Short Stories Published

Eoin Purcell, commissioning editor of New Island, Declan Meade of The Stinging Fly Press, and Clem Cairns of Fish Publishing discuss the best short stories, what – for them – makes a winning short story, and how to create a collection with www.writing.ie‘s Vanessa O’Loughlin

Sunday 24th March  |  11am  |  Greyfriars  |  €10/€8 Concession


Breaking into Journalism

Mary Frances Ryan editor of the Waterford News and Star, Mona Wise of The Sunday Times and investigative journalist and author Robbyn Swan talk to Ian Noctor of WLRfm about how to get your name on that byline!

Sunday 24th March |  3pm  |  Greyfriars  |  €10/€8 Concession


Programme and booking available at www.waterfordwritersweekend.ie and at the Box Office – 051 849983. Concession and ticket deals available now through the Box Office based at Greyfriars Art Gallery. Open 11 to 5, Tuesday 19th to Sunday 24th March.


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