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Welcome to Ink Splinters at the Irish Writers Centre

We are a writers’ group who meet in the Irish Writers’ Centre at Parnell Square in the city centre of Dublin, Ireland; except when the Centre is closed, Bank Holiday Saturdays for instance. So feel free to drop in around 1 o’clock where you’ll be welcomed to join us for tea/coffee and to find out more. Whether you’re new to writing or you’re already a well-established author, this is a great group, very enjoyable. Afterwards, the group go to a local cafe or hotel bar for a bit of socialising. So be prepared to spend an afternoon. The writing session usually goes on until about 3 o’clock and the after-party lasts typically until around 4 o’clock though occasionally longer. .

We also occasionally meet in other venues usually on Bank Holiday weekends.

We publish an anthology of the work of member every year. If you join our group you are welcome to submit your work. You can also submit work to this blog. Please note that we have very little time to monitor messages to this site, so if you are interested in joining InkSplinters please just come along to the Irish Writers’ Centre at Parnell Square on Saturday at 1 o’clock. The group meet in the Centre for tea/coffee before their writing session which starts at 1.30. A donation to the centre of €1 is suggested for tea/coffee and biscuits, €5 is recommended for the writing workshop at 1.30pm if you are not a member of the Irish Writers’Centre.

Over the years we’ve had a few weekends and holidays away from Dublin during the summer months, for example, Clifden, Berlin and Listowel. These are typically informally organised. This year I’ve set up the Ireland Poetry, Literature and Creative Festivals Meetup (link below). These are just the festivals I’m going to, but there may be more. The best place to find out about what’s happening is to come to the Centre. Ask for Harry, he’s the main contact for the writing workshops. Join the chat before the writing session and find out more about what’s going on. Follow our blog and keep in touch.

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Read about Ink Splinters below

Ink Splinters is a group of people who get together on a weekly basis to write at Irish Writers’ Centre. We write for half an hour to a prompt and then read out what we’ve written. You will be nicely surprised by the encouragement but you don’t have to read, you can just sit back and listen. We don’t insist that you restrict yourself to the prompt or that you read what you’ve just written, you can read something you brought along that you’ve been working on.

We provide our own prompts, usually of our own invention. Often they take the fairly standard form of a phrase, an image, a story beginning etc. However, we have also used photos/paintings; curios; items of clothing etc!

We are not a group in the sense of a members’ list and criteria for entry, or terms of reference. A lot of us are just regulars at the Writers’ Centre but other than that we are a mixed group in terms age, gender, city/country, nationality and so on. We are drawn together by our desire to write and to be in the company of others who share our passion.

Different members have evolved to have different roles e.g. the person who usually organises the room and manages the session; the person who usually takes care of this site; the person who usually organises extracurricular activities, but there is no leader or committee etc.

Our writing sessions are firstly, all about the writing and secondly, positive and encouraging. We seek out what we like in each others’ work and if we’ve nothing good to say, we say nothing.

We meet at the Writers’ Centre on Saturdays at 1 o’clock for a 1.30 start. the cost of the sessions is free to Writers Centre members, though some contributing between €3 and €5. The charge to non-members is €5 per session. At other venues, when the Centre is closed (for bank holiday Saturdays normally) a small charge for a room may apply.



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  1. Carrie / Oct 19 2013 3:18 pm

    Hello there lovely Inksplinters. Just ran into some of the ladies on Wexford St and I just thought I’d drop by and say hi to you all. Email me any time: carriemking88 [at] I’d love to hear how you’re getting on.

    Happy writing to a wonderful bunch!


    • martinacarroll / Oct 23 2013 6:19 pm

      Thanks Carrie. It was lovely meeting you in Wexford St. You are always very supportive and we really appreciate that.

      • normamacmaster / Oct 11 2015 11:15 pm

        Hi, I am stuck in the middle of first draft first novel.might I join Inksplinters.?.

      • martinacarroll / Oct 12 2015 10:42 am

        you’re more than welcome to come along. Saturday they usually gather in the Irish Writers’ Centre at between 1 and 1.30. ask for Harry or any of the Inksplinters. Wednesday evening session is at 7pm and you can arrive anytime after 6.30.

      • martinacarroll / Apr 27 2016 6:12 pm

        Not sure if I already replied or missed your comment but you’re more than welcome to join Saturday at 1 to 1.30 downstairs for 1.30 start. You’ll get to meet a nice friendly bunch of writers. If the group doesn’t suit you they’ll make suggestions about what’s on in the city.

  2. Shamala S. Hinrichsen / Sep 8 2014 7:20 pm

    Hello, I would like to know if you are meeting up this Saturday. I would love to join you – could I have the details please at shamalasp(at)

  3. lobitin / Aug 4 2015 1:01 pm

    I just wondered is it possible to join the splinter group!? I am a writer and my first book is due in to the publishers by September 1st – a non-fiction book for young adults. It would be after this day I would love to join your group! I look forward to a reply.
    Jody Moylan

    • martinacarroll / Aug 7 2015 5:10 pm

      Hi Jody, You’re more than welcome to come along. We meet in the Irish Writers’ Centre on Saturday usually at 1 o’clock for a 1,30 start. Ask for Harry. Everyone knows him. I’m not always there. Also any Wednesday evening 7pm. Arrive a few minutes early. Usually we gather in the downstairs room where you can get coffee/ tea. Otherwise just ask the staff member on duty. Good luck with the book. There are a few of us writing books at the moment, others are on their second or third. It’s a nice friendly group. all the best, Tina

      • Jody Moylan / Aug 7 2015 5:38 pm

        Thanks Tina!
        This is definitely on my autumn itinerary now. Hope to see you then
        All the best,


      • martinacarroll / Aug 7 2015 6:47 pm

        You too:-)

  4. Eva Armstrong / Jan 18 2016 2:00 pm

    I have recently relocated back to Ireland and want to continue to write and join a writing group. Do I just come along ? Would appreciate feedback. Thank you. Eva .

  5. Karl / Jan 24 2016 2:58 am

    The group sounds great. Is it possible to sit in on a group, to see how it works and get a feel for the process?

    • martinacarroll / Apr 27 2016 6:06 pm

      Hi Karl, I may have missed your message but you are more thanwelcome to sit in any saturday. Meet at 1 to 1.30 downstairs for session at 1.30. Nice friendly group:-)

  6. amybreen / Mar 30 2016 11:32 am

    Hi there
    I would like to come along on Saturday
    I have written rough short stories and I would like to meet other writers

    Can I just come along?
    I recently began a website where I can go and write and I have been advised by many to join a writers group.

    So can amateurs attend also?

    • martinacarroll / Apr 27 2016 6:00 pm

      Hi Amy, anyone is welcome to come along. Note that this is a group who write in session but you can also bring something to read.

  7. Ann Brophy / Jul 4 2016 4:13 pm

    Hi Martina,
    I am very interested in joining the group and while I have always written bits and pieces mostly short stories, I am not a professional writer so my question is can I join your group? I would love the support of like minded people to help me find my creative writing voice so to speak.

    • martinacarroll / Sep 26 2016 12:36 am

      Sorry I missed your message earlier. InSplinters writers meet in the Irish Writers; Centre in Parnell on Saturdays at 1pm. All are welcome.

  8. Jennifer McGrath / Oct 28 2016 8:41 pm

    Hi, I’m very interested in joining, is on tomorrow? Saturday 29th October?

    Many thanks,

  9. Maria Mulligan. / Mar 14 2017 9:50 pm

    HI. I would love to join your group. Would it be possible for me to simply come along on Saturday? Thanks a lot, Maria.

    • Tina / Mar 15 2017 2:23 am

      yes, you are welcome to come. Normally we meet at the Irish Writers’ Centre between 1.00 and 1.30. On Saturday next 18th March the Center is closed and we’re in an alternative location in the LAB in Foley Street. Meet in the Green Room between 1.00 and 1..30.

      • Maria Mulligan. / Mar 15 2017 2:44 am

        Thank you so much Tina for your response. If I can’t make this Saturday I would love to come the following Saturday. Thanks again. Maria.

  10. Ann McDermott / Aug 3 2017 12:27 pm

    Hello, I’d like to come along to the meeting this Saturday (5 Aug) – will you be meeting at the Irish Writers Centre or somewhere else?
    Many thanks,

    • Tina / Aug 3 2017 4:23 pm

      The Irish Writer’s Centre is closed on the first so the group will meet in The Lab in Foley Street. They will meet in th Green room at 1 o’clock and then move to whatever room they’ve been assigned at 1.3o. Ask for Harry. Enjoy the workshop:-)

      • Ann / Aug 3 2017 7:46 pm

        Many thanks Tina, looking forward to it.

  11. Cormac O Connor / Aug 10 2017 8:20 am

    HI Tina,

    does the Wednesday evening group still take place? would love to come along if possible!

    • Tina / Aug 10 2017 8:10 pm

      I think it’s back to Tuesdays.

  12. Maria / Aug 22 2017 1:59 pm

    Hi there, what time and where is the Tuesday session?

    • Tina / Sep 17 2017 3:51 pm

      In the Irish Writers’ Centre at 7 pm

  13. Sophie Gerrard / Sep 14 2017 9:42 pm

    Hi folks,
    I am just finished a business degree and have returned from Italy where I was an au pair all summer. While here I discover how much I enjoy writing and now I’m home I would love to join a group (as a complete novice) in which I could learn and open my mind, I am just wondering if your group accommodates for that?
    Thanks a million,

    • Tina / Sep 17 2017 3:50 pm

      Feel free to come along to InkSlingers in the Irish Writers’ Centre at 1 pm Saturdays (except bank holiday weekends).

  14. Geraldine English / Jan 16 2018 11:46 am

    Hi there,
    We are 3 people who just completed a course with Nessa O’Mahoney in the Writer’s Centre and are interested in your group. We are wondering if we can join with you on Saturday 27th January?
    Geraldine English

  15. Amy Enright / Apr 14 2018 10:08 am

    Hi There,
    I’d like to join your group if you have an opening ? I’ve been trying to start my second book now for months and need some writers energy !! Amy

  16. Claire Galligan / Apr 23 2018 4:26 pm

    Hi I am in the middle of Memoir and i am feeling isolated. Took two courses at the Writers Centre, Can i join on Sat

    • Harry Browne / May 27 2019 8:20 pm

      Yes. Ask for Harry. We will be in the old music shop on Saturday next as the centre is closed

  17. Natalia Carbajosa / May 28 2018 11:15 am

    Hi, I am a Spanish writers and I am interested in attending on Sat 9 June, as I will be staying in Dublin for a few days, just to meet you and know about the centre.
    Best wishes,
    Natalia Carbajosa (

  18. joereesewrites / Dec 22 2018 8:38 pm

    We are American mystery writers excited about our two months in the British Isles mid-May to end of July 2019. Will inkslingers be meeting in July 2019? We would love to meet some other writers.

    • Tina / Jan 2 2019 2:32 pm

      Most likely the group will meet when you’re here. I would suggest contacting the Irish Writers Centre when you arrive. You are more than welcome to come along, ask for Harry or any member of the group when you arrive. They will be happy to greet you and introduce you to others. Look forward to seeing you in Dublin

  19. Ger O Neill / Jul 1 2019 12:00 pm

    Can I just ask if you still meet up on Saturdays from 1.00 ?
    I went along last Saturday and the place was locked up !
    Ger O’Neill

    • brianb8175 / Jul 15 2019 5:10 pm

      We do indeed meet on Saturday at 1.00pm. However the IWC is closed on bank holiday weekends so we meet elsewhere. This Saturday it will be in the Lab in Foley Street.

  20. oneillporter / Oct 1 2019 4:34 pm

    Can I check that the writing group will be meeting this Sat at 1.30 in the Writers centre, Parnell Square.

    • Tina / Oct 1 2019 4:40 pm

      I’m not sure, try calling the centre unless someone else replies with more info🙂

      • oneillporter / May 26 2020 9:09 am

        Tina can I check if there is some way I can change my e mail address please ?

  21. Cathy Hogan / Oct 21 2020 3:09 pm

    Hi, is there a virtual pandemic-friendly version of this group?

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