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Dalkey Creates

Dalkey Creates Writing Festival will inspire you to write, improve your craft, guide you through the publishing processes and give you a platform for your work.

The next festival will take place in late November 2021. Join our mailing list to be the first to hear festival news and updates. 


Our writing courses offer a unique opportunity to learn in an encouraging and supportive environment in the comfort of small groups. They cover a variety of subject areas to suit every writer’s interest and level of development, and the facilitators are all highly skilled published writers. Our Writer-in-Residence gives individual feedback on upto 5,000 word manuscripts and Writers’ Forum provides in-depth knowledge about writing and publishing from world experts, and the opportunity to network with fellow writers. The Dalkey Short Story Prize and the ALL NEW Dalkey Poetry Prize each offer a substantial prize of €1000, and the Open Mic Live! offers a terrific platform for new work.


In other parts of the festival, DCJr celebrates and displays the talents of young creators in Dalkey and the surrounding area, and offers fun projects and activities for children of different ages to enjoy. 

Dalkey has been inspiring writers for generations - George Bernard Shaw, Maeve Binchy and Flann O’Brien to name but a few. This pretty seaside town in South Dublin can inspire you too with its stunning coastline, literary heritage, sealife and Viking history. It also boasts cafes, pubs and restaurants, a castle, picturesque harbours and a community spirit that’s hard to beat. So whether you’re a first time writer or want to publish your manuscript, Dalkey Creates can inspire, support and guide you on your writing journey towards ever greater success.

We are part-funded by DLRCoCo and this year we're working in partnership with Dalkey Library, Harold Boys' School, the Dalkey Community Council Newsletter, Books Ireland Magazine, Dalkey Parish, local pubs, restaurants and businesses. 

What People Say...

" It shattered a lot of misconceptions about being a writer. It’s been an amazing experience. Thank you! "


Emer Dunne 


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