#WritersWise co-founder will discuss “Writing a regular column” on 16th Feb 9-10pm.

Our esteemed Co -Founder Liam, is guest-host on the 16th Feb 9pm GMT.

Dr Liam Farrell a former family doctor and an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He also curates the #IrishMed tweetchat and is a big-shot in the small yet dull world of medical satire. He is signed with the Feldstein literary agency, who are trying to flog, “Are you the f***ing doctor? Selected writings,” and, “Morphine and Me; the story of a blessing and a curse.”

Twitter; @drlfarrell
Facebook page; https://t.co/y3q8vd5euN
E-mail; drfarrell@hotmail.co.uk Tel; 02841738988

Questions for the chat

T1. How do you get a column? 

T2. How do you keep a column?

T3. Where do you get your ideas from?

T4. How do you write your columns?

Popular #self-publishing chat with @lorna_sixsmith. 

We had a most informative guest-host on the #self-publishing topic! Thank you Lorna. 

Transcript with lots of #Self-Publishing tips here – 


Podcast summary of the tweetchat with Lorna 

Article on #self-publishing 


Popular topic of “The Pros and Cons of Self- publishing” with @LornaSixsmith on 2nd Feb 9pm-10pm GMT. 

​Lorna Sixsmith is a farmer and writer but includes secondary school teaching, interior design consultancy and social media training amongst her previous careers.

 She ran a crowdfunding campaign to part-fund the self-publishing of her first book in 2013, raising over €6,000 in the process. 

She has been interviewed on numerous radio and TV programmes including Ireland AM, TG4’s Roisin, Ryan Tubridy and Sean O’Rourke. Her second book How To Be A Perfect Farm Wife won Best Nonfiction in the Carousel Aware Book Awards and her third book An Ideal Farm Husband was launched by the Irish Independent at the National Ploughing Championships.

 Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishFarmerette (mostly about farming) and https://twitter.com/LornaSixsmith (mostly about writing and books)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishFarmerette

Blog: http://www.lornasixsmith.com/category/blog

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/irishfarmerette

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lorna_sixsmith

Guest host topic and questions – 

 The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing.

1. How easy/ hard is it to self-publish?

2. What are the costs involved in self-publishing?

3. How do you get your self-published books into bookshops?

4. How do you get press coverage and reviews as a self-published author?

5. How can you increase sales of your books?

Closing thoughts. 

The next chat is on the 16th Feb with our very own @drlfarrell. 

@Fahrenheit Press US Publisher gives #WritersWise “A Publisher’s Perspective” 

Who are Fahrenheit Press? 

They are “hot punk publishers” of crime fiction. 

Check out – http://fahrenheit-press.com/who-the-hell.html 

Chris McVeigh will guest-host with us this Thurs 26th at 8pm GMT. 

The questions we are going to ask Chris and you are; 

T1. What do you look for in crime fiction?

T2. Advice for writers – what’s yours?

T3. How should writers make the most of their submissions?

T4. Do you have pet hates writing-wise? What are they?

T5. Your tips for writers in establishing and maintaining a relationship with a publisher are…? 

Closing thoughts. 

The next chat is on the 2nd February with self-published author Lorna Sixsmith @LornaSixsmith. Trust us and don’t miss this one. 

Advice & Chat on successful writing for stage/screen at #WritersWise. 19th Jan 8pm.

Our guest-host is playwright Ken Rogan. (See next post for info on this fabulous playwright and producer). His play is on right now. 

Ken’s questions to keep us chatting are;

T1. What are the differences in writing for stage/screen vs. writing for a reader? 

T2. How do you develop your script further, once you are happy with it? 

T3.Can you adapt your novel for the stage/screen? How?

T4. How do you get your play put on? 

T5. Are there any books/courses/other things you’d recommend?

Closing thoughts. 

Thank you in advance Ken for your expertise. 

“HERO” playwright + producer talks to us on 19th Jan (8pm GMT/3pm ET.) Join us. 

The writer behind the well-received play “Hero” is Ken Rogan. Ken is a Dublin based writer. He wrote a weekly column, Wholly Thursday, for the Metro Herald for two years until the paper closed in 2015, and he has been published in the Irish Times, Sunday Independent, Irish Examiner, Evening Herald, Big Issue, and We Are Dublin magazine. Ken began writing drama and comedy 2011 and for two years his sketches were regularly performed by the Brownbread Mixtape (Electric Picnic; Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016). This led to Ken writing and performing his own stand-up material for two years before directing, producing and writing (in collaboration) a weekly live current affairs comedy show called Seachtain Agus Awe. Ken has written several sitcom pilots, and has written, directed and produced a short film titled Press Release (release date TBA). He is a graduate of UCD (BA English, Philosophy) and DCU (MA Journalism).

Play is running from Jan 17 – 28th at the Theatre Upstairs. 


Tuesday, January 17th – 28th
Monday – Saturday @ 7.00PM
Wednesday + Saturday @ 1.00PM
FULL PRICE: €12.00
CONCESSION (Student / 65+): €10.00


Enjoy a pre-show or post-show dinner in Lanigan’s Bar along with an evening performance of HERO at Theatre Upstairs – both located @ 10 – 11 Eden Quay.

FULL PRICE: €18.00

Lanigan’s Bar,
10 – 11 Eden Quay,
Dublin 1,

Email: info@theatreupstairs.ie or book online at www.theatreupstairs.ie 


086 317 9955

Writer / Producer








JANUARY 13TH – 28TH 2017

For more information: www. theatreupstairs.ie

5th Jan first #WritersWise of 2017

Caroline Grace-Cassidy takes us on a discussion of “Plotting or letting the writing happen.”

Introductions – hullos, welcome backs. Then 

 (1) Do you summarize the plot before you start your novel? 

(2) Once your characters are established, how do you control them? 

(3) How do you change the plot if you find it isn’t working? 

(4) How much do you explain, + how much do you leave to the reader to infer?

Closing thoughts. 

Christmas Tweet-together 22nd Dec 8pm. 

Tis almost Christmas 🎄 

We’re having a virtual mulled wine evening on Thurs 22nd at 8pm GMT. We’ll raise our glasses to a fantastic year writing-wise and chat about;

1. Where you are with your writing now at the end of 2016- and coming into the new year?

2. What should writers want (and hopefully get) for Christmas?

3. What books you recommend for readers?

4. What websites, books or blogs are great for writers?

5. Your guest-hosting opportunities on writerswise in 2017. 

Christmas Carol singing is optional. No doubt the good Dr Farrell will serenade us at some point.. 

Hope you can join us on Dec 22nd at 8-9pm but feel free to use hashtag #Writerswise. Fill us in at any stage between now and Christmas on your festive feelings around all things writing-wise.