Irish Writers’ Centre

stairsWelcome to the Irish Writers’ Centre (IWC) .

The Irish Writers’ Centre has long been a hub of literary activity, supporting established and aspiring writers throughout Ireland from its base at the heart of Dublin’s cultural quarter. It is a non-profit organisation; a registered charity, with the remit of promoting Irish writers and literature at home and abroad.

The Irish Writers’ Centre was founded in 1987 and its doors opened to the public at 19 Parnell Square, Dublin, in 1991. Since then it has welcomed many award winning writers, including Nobel, Costa, Man Booker, IMPAC, and Pulitzer Prize winners. It has also served as an important platform for breakthrough talent, with many young writers giving their first public readings here.

Through a diverse programme of creative writing workshops, seminars, lectures and readings, the Centre nurtures emerging talent and fosters relationships between writers and their audience. Our creative writing students benefit from the guidance and insight of established poets, novelists, and short story writers, and then regularly proceed to successful careers as published authors themselves. Many writing groups meet at the Centre to exchange ideas and develop their writing. But we are also open and available to the reading public, and provide endless opportunities for people to come and be part of our thriving literary community.

If you are an Irish literature enthusiast or a writer of any kind – amateur, emerging, or prolific and well-known – you are in the right place. Irish literature is big business, with millions of tourists drawn to Ireland and its capital each year, seeking out our great authors of the past. They also come for the writers of today as Dublin has just become the most recent UNESCO City of Literature.

Our aim is to celebrate the incredible contribution Ireland’s modern day writers make to Ireland’s culture, economy and historical legacy.

We’ll keep you informed of what’s great and good in the current literary scene in Dublin and around the rest of the country. You’ll be kept up-to-date with events happening at the Irish Writers’ Centre and at other great venues. We also publish views, reviews, interviews and a world of literary news!