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Welcome to Ink Splinters.

We are a writers’ group who meet in the Irish Writers’ Centre in Parnell Square in the city centre of Dublin, Ireland unless the Centre is closed for Bank Holiday Saturdays for instance. .

We also occasionally meet in other venues such as the The Lab in Foley Street and occasionally the Botanic Gardens…

This year we launched our fourth Anthology, called Anthology 2017. a collection of stories and poetry from members it was launched to great fanfare in The Irish Writers Centre on 11th May 2017.

Read about Ink Splinters below…

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Ink Splinters is a group of people who get together on a weekly basis to write at the Ink Slingers creative writing workshop hosted by the Irish Writers’ Centre. We write for half an hour on a prompt and then read what we wrote to those present. We don’t insist that you write to the prompt or that you read what you wrote at the session (you can read something you brought along) or that you read at all, though we encourage you to read. We write both fiction and non-fiction. We write short pieces based on the prompts (which we may or may not continue with) but some are writing longer narratives which they continue at the sessions.
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 that there is a members’ list and criteria for entry or terms of reference. A lot of us are regulars at the Ink Slingers sessions at the Writers’ Centre but other than that we are a mixed group in terms or age, gender, city/country, nationality and so on, brought together by our desire to write and be in the company of other who want to write also.

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 does 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, 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 of do contribute 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) we meet at alternate sites.
We get 8-12 people per session, there are currently (Summer 2016) 75 people on the mailing list.




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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. 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:-)

  3. 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 .

  4. 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:-)

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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:-)

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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).

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