News of some guest-hosts. 

Delighted to tell you.. 

Carmel Harrington 

@happymrsh has book 5 out soon – 

And Carmel signs deal to write the new Cold Feet novel!!!!

Andrea Mara @office_mum debut novel out soon. Pre order The Other Side of the Wall

Sam Blake aka Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin second in the Cat Connolly series “In Deep Water.”  OUT Now 

Details of In Deep Water here. 

Hazel Gaynor @hazelgaynor

“The Cottingley Secret” out in August.

Vivian Conroy @VivWrites book out now. 

11th May 9-10pm. NEWS REPORTING AND FEATURES WRITING with expert @rachelllle 

Transcript for 11th May. 9-10 pm.

Our Guest host ….


Rachel McLaughlin is a reporter and editor for an online magazine for women in Donegal.


Rachel graduated with a BA in Journalism from DCU in 2014. She worked as a Sub-Editor and Production Editor in Northern Ireland for two years, while her freelance work as a magazine feature writer became a passion she needed to pursue full-time.


She moved home to Donegal in 2016 to take up a role with a news website and as the establishing editor of the sister site – She has worked on every part of this platform – from writing, editing, photography, graphic design, videos, and all the social media work that is now required for online publications.


Through interviews and features, Rachel has been aiming to write about the experiences, goals and achievements of local people. Highlighting the hard work of others and critical issues makes her job so fulfilling that it doesn’t feel like work at all, she says, and there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing her words making an impact.


At the same time, working in a small newsroom team means she is reporting daily for the main hub, which covers every imaginable topic and event you’d find in a news publication.

She has not yet written a book, but says that her struggles with sticking to short word counts could well signal a novel in the future.

Questions for chat on the 11th May.


T1. What is news reporting and features writing? What makes it a different format? 

T2 How can you become a writer for this format?

T3 What tips do you have for this form of writing?

T4 What can we do to help news reporting and features writing to continue to thrive?

T5 What are the challenges of writing for online publications specifically? 

Closing thoughts 

Our next chat is on June 8th with @red_pen_edits. Jean O’Sullivan editor. 

Rachel McLaughlin |

a: CoLab, LYIT, Port Rd, Letterkenny


Maura McElhone, 20th April 9-10 pm covering “Creative Non-Fiction.” 

Transcript of Maura’s slot on #Writerswise

Maura McElhone is a columnist for the Farmers Journal and RTE Radio One’s CountryWide programme. A Derry native, she spent six years in the U.S. before chronicling her “unemigration” story for the Irish Times. She now works full-time for a Dublin software company and lives in Kildare with her boyfriend, the inspiration behind her blog,

Maura is currently working on her first book which looks at the laughs and life lessons that ensue when the worlds of “townie” and farmer collide.

Listen to her interview with us here:
Maura McElhone – Columnist and blogger



twitter:           @MauraWrites 

phone:            083 188 2437

Questions for 20th April 9-10 pm. 

T1. What is creative nonfiction, anyway? 

T2. Why should other people be interested in your personal experiences / story? 

T3. How do you market and/or promote creative non fiction? 

T4. What is the most challenging aspect of writing creative nonfiction? 

T5. What is the biggest reward that comes from writing creative nonfiction?

Closing thoughts. 

13th April 9-10pm. @office_mum discusses “Using blogging to move your writing career.”

Andrea Mara debut novel ‘The Other Side of the Wall’ is out on the 6th June.

 #WritersWise transcript of her chat is here

Thk u to all who join us on the 13th April. 

Andrea Mara is a freelance writer and blogger, who lives in Dublin with her husband and three young children. She writes lifestyle features for Irish newspapers, magazines, and websites, and has won multiple awards for blogging. She attempts – often badly – to balance work, family and writing, then lets off steam on her blog, When she’s not keeping one eye on the kids, and the other on Twitter, she’s furiously scribbling notes for her next book. Her first book, The Other Side of the Wall, will be published by Poolbeg Press later this year.

Andrea Mara – Freelance Writer & Blogger



twitter:           @Office_Mum

facebook:        Facebook/ Office Mum     

phone:             086 842 7310

Questions for #WritersWise tweetchat. 

T1. Why might people start blogging/why did you start? 

T2. Where can you find material and followers for your blog? 

T3. How might blogging advance your writing life? 

T4. What pit falls could you tell other bloggers/those who want to start? 

T5. Do all writers need to blog? 

Closing thoughts 

Our next chat is with Maura McElhone @maurawrites on the 20th April. 9-10 pm. 



Book bloggers/reviewers. What they do and why?30th March 9-10 pm.

Recorded video with Margaret Madden. Scroll to 6:15

Transcript of chat with Margaret Madden.

We trended again in Ireland. Making it to number 5 on the charts. 

Our guest host is Margaret Madden. Margaret is a book blogger at 

She also reviews and writes features for the Sunday Independent, the Irish Times and A Mum of five, who also fosters, she is a full time BA student of English and History who sometimes forgets that the whole world does not revolve around books (and is horrified by this fact).

Her successful blog is 

Our questions for 30th March are;


T1 How do you approach bookbloggers for reviews?

T2 How do you engage with potential readers?

T3 What happens if you get a bad review?

T4 What do you know about blog tours? 

Closing thoughts (CT)

Hope you can join us. Margaret knows all about this sector and chatting with her is a great opportunity. Reviewers and bloggers are vital for writers and this is a great forum to ask what you’ve always wanted to know. 

Our next chat is with Andrea Mara on the 13th April. 

#WritersWise is a chat on twitter.


For those of you new or used to self-promotion and networking on Twitter our Tweet-chat #WritersWise is a good place to be.

It’s a guilt-free, structured hour of social media where you meet like-minded ‘bookish’ folk, who want to talk all things #WritersWise.

Super easy and welcoming, #WritersWise is simple to join. Just use the symbol # and word WritersWise (#WriterWise) every time you tweet with us for the hour. Times and dates are on the website here and we promote the next chats often on Twitter.

(16th March 9-10 pm next one. Topic and questions we will discuss below)

You can follow the conversation in the search engine on Twitter or using the app

  • We cover many topics from genres, festivals, submissions, self-publishing, writing tips and how to secure an agent and get published.
  • You can chat with your favourite writers. Lots turn up.
  • Our guest-hosts are all successful, knowledgable people in the writing industry.
  • Emerging and inspiring writers get to information they wouldn’t normally find online.
  • One to one chats with authors, literary scouts and publishers all happen regularly on #WritersWise.
  • Follow me @sharontwriter and @drlfarrell. We can encourage you to tweet and keep up with our great fortnightly chats.
  • We trend and have reached the top trending spots, even Number 1.

SEE YOU ON TWITTER. 🙂 and Facebook –

16th March #Writerswise wants your pitch/query/submission to sing.. With @VivWrites

Vivian Conroy writes the Lady Alkmene Callender Mysteries and the Country Gift Shop Mysteries for HQ Digital UK, a division of HarperCollins UK. For all the latest book news, with a dash of dogs and chocolate, follow her via @VivWrites.


“Using voice to make your query sing.” 

Q1: How do you see a query: necessary evil or essential tool?

 Q2: How can you make your query experience better?

 Q3: How can you make the query reflective of your writing style? 

Q4: Considered at word level, what can you improve about your query by exchanging words or rephrasing?
Closing thoughts. 

Next chat is with Margaret Bonass Madden on the 30th March. 9-10 pm