Cork City

Services and Programmes

pen imgAre you a budding author? Cork City Libraries can help you develop your talent.

  • Join one of the writing groups meeting in our libraries
  • Take a creative writing class in our Summer School of Creative Writing
  • Consult our Reference collections, including dictionaries, thesauri and style guides, Strunk and White's The Elements of Style,  The Writers and Artists YearbookThe Collins Dictionary for Writers and EditorsFamous Writers Course Vols 1 – 4 and more
  • Use our study spaces and public computers
  • Attend an event or a book launch and hear from other emerging or well known writers
  • Check out recommended Online Periodicals with content from emerging and established writers
  • Borrow from our collection of books on writing technique. We have books on writing fiction, non-fiction, writing a blockbuster, travel writing, crime, writing for magazines and more. Click on the list of subject headings to visit our library catalogue:

          Books on Creative Writing
          Books on Fiction Authorship
          Books on Writing Skills
          Books on English Language - Rhetoric
          Books on English Language - Written English
          Books on Publishers and Publishing

National Emerging Writers Programme

One of the best resources for writers is

In January 2013, In partnership with Dublin UNESCO, they launch the National Emerging Writers Programme. The accompanying DVD, Have You Always Wanted To Write a Book?, containing interviews and advice on starting writing, telling the story and overcoming obstacles is available now from all our libraries. Full details on their website:

On Writing: Lessons from the Great Writers by Billy O'Callaghan

During Cork World Book Fest 2012, award winning writer Billy O'Callaghan gave a workshop on the writing advice of the great writers. Here is an extract from his workshop:

On_Writing_Lessons_from_the_Great_Writers_by_Billy_OCallaghan (PDF file 394 KB)

Interested in what the great writers have to say about the writing process? We recommend the following books:


Stephen King

On Writing: a memoir of the craft

the lonely voice

Frank O'Connor

The Lonely Voice: a study of the short story


Eudora Welty
One Writer's Beginnings  

searching secret river

Kate Grenville
Searching for the Secret River 

beg borrow steal

Michael Greenberg

Beg, borrow, steal: a writer's life


Kate Grenville

The Writing Book: a workbook for fiction writers 

literary ladies

Nava Atlas

The Literary Ladies' Guide To The Writing Life


Elizabeth Bowen

Pictures and Conversations


Andre Brink

A Fork in the Road


Cyril Connolly

Enemies of Promise

woolf diary

Virginia Woolf

A Writer's Diary


Annie Dillard

The Writing Life


Marie Arana

The Writing Life: Writers On How They Think And Work

zen bradbury

Ray Bradbury

Zen in the Art of Writing: releasing the creative genius within you


Clare Boylan, ed.

The Agony and the Ego : the art and strategy of fiction writing explored


David Morrell

Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing : a novelist looks at his craft

mystery and manners

Flannery O'Connor

Mystery and Manners: occasional prose



Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from the New York Times



Writers on Writing, Volume II: More Collected Essays