Mayo writer selected for national mentorship program

Gemma Marren

LOCAL writer Gemma Marren has been selected by the Irish Writers Center to receive professional literary mentorship over the next eight months from an acclaimed Irish writer of her choice.

This mentorship opportunity is funded by the Arts Department of Mayo County Council and the Arts Council. The funding ensures that Gemma receives this life-changing support for free.

After a national call, Gemma was one of 37 writers to be selected from over 300 entries.

Gemma Marren is a fiction writer and academic editor. She received a Tyrone Guthrie Award from Mayo County Council in 2019, was shortlisted for the 2016 Cúirt/Over the Edge New Writers Showcase and was the winner of the Irish Writers Center 2015 Novelist Fair.

She lives near Claremorris with her husband and four children.

The mentorship process involves four meetings between Gemma and her chosen professional writer (coming soon). Before each meeting, the mentor reads up to 10,000 words of Gemma’s writing and then shares her critical comments and advice.

Mayo County Council’s Arts Department has made a significant investment in literature over the years and supporting this mentorship opportunity is not only an investment in Gemma, but also an investment in Gemma’s long-term literary reputation. Mayo.

The mission of the Irish Writers Center is to support a vibrant and diverse community of writers of all types and talents to develop their craft, ability and confidence to thrive as writers in the world.

Running since 2017, the program now has many published authors among its alumni, including Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Fiona Scarlett and Victoria Kennefick to name a few.

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