Limerick Literary Festival | Getting A Novel Published

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Updated: January 18th, 2018

Limerick Literary Festival presents

Getting A Novel Published

– From Pitch to Publication

Workshop with novelists Sarah Moore Fitzgerald and Dan Mooney

Venue: Narrative 4 | Saturday Feb 24th | 11am – 1pm | €30/€25

30 Capacity

The Festival Weekend Ticket does not cover this workshop.


Sarah Moore Fitzgerald is an academic and a novelist, and this year at UL she has been Acting Course Director (autumn semester) for the MA in Creative Writing working in collaboration with Donal Ryan. Her first novel, Back to Blackbrick was published in 2013. A stage version has been presented at the Edinburgh Festival and at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End. Her second novel, The Apple Tart of Hope, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Prize and the CBI Book of the Year Award and received a Kirkus star having been published in the USA in 2015. Sarah is also winner of the 2016 Irish Writers’ Centre’s Jack Harte Award.

She has researched extensively on the writing process across a range of contexts and has designed and run writers’ retreats in Ireland, the UK and the USA. With Donal Ryan, Joseph O’Connor, Giles Foden, Eoin Devereux, Mary O’Malley, and others she is part of the team that delivers the annual UL Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School. She holds an award for excellence in teaching, and has worked to develop a particular focus on fostering strategies for self-aware writing habits and on ways of making space and time to write. She has recently completed her fourth novel, which will be published in March 2018. As a full time academic and parent of teenagers she writes fiction only under cover of darkness and she loves to support emerging writers sharing key ideas on how to manage time for creative writing in the context of a busy life.

Dan Mooney is a writer, air traffic controller and amateur actor. His first novel Me, Myself and Them won the Luke Bitmead Bursary Award in 2016 and has since been bought by Harper Collin’s imprint Park Row books and is scheduled for publication the US this June.
His second novel A Rock and a High Place, a bleak comedy about suicide and friendship is due out in Ireland and the UK in April this year.
Through the City of Culture initiative in 2014 one of Dan’s screenplays, The Apparel made it to the festival circuit and national television under the mentorship of writer/director Gerry Stembridge.
Outside of writing Dan is active in the local drama community, performing with The Torch Players and The College Players in productions like Death of a Salesman, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Constant Wife.
He’s also a rugby and soccer fan.

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