Here at The Inspiration Project we love the back-to-school, fresh-start, new-notebook vibe of September. We’ve designed our ‘Refreshers Week’ event to help you capture that feeling and apply it to your writing.

This one-day event is designed to be the beginning of a week in which you kick-start, reboot or revitalise your writing. All attendees will receive a Refreshers Week Action Kit which will guide you through the five days after the event. Between our three intensive writing tutorials on the day and post-event action plan, you will have everything you need to forge ahead with your writing goals – and plenty of inspiration and determination to take home.

Our previous Refreshers Week events, in Dublin City and in Cork City, both sold out.

We’re delighted to announce our next event:



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An Irish Times and USA Today bestseller. Shortlisted for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, the CWA John Creasey/New Blood Dagger and the IBA Crime Novel of the Year. Published in 17 countries and 10 languages.


A New York Times, USA Today, Irish Times and Globe & Mail bestseller. Winner of the RNA Historical Novel of the Year Award and the WFWA Star Award, and shortlisted for the IBA Popular Fiction Book of the Year. Published in 17 countries and 10 languages.


An Irish Times and Sunday Times bestseller. Winner of The Peoples Award eBook of the Year and Festival of Romance eBook of the Year, and shortlisted for the IBA Newcomer of the Year and the IBA Popular Fiction Book of the Year. Published in 13 countries and 8 languages.

Find out more about us here.

We will guide you through three intensive tutorials:


The word ‘synopsis’ sends a chill down every writer’s spine. But don’t fear, the beat sheet is here! In this session, Catherine will demonstrate the questions you need to ask of your shiny new idea to make sure it’s “The One” and how to use story beats to plot your book and make your novel the best it can be. You’ll finish this session not only with a clearer idea of where your story is going to go, but with the start of your submission package done too.


A compelling plot will fail without believable characters who serve the needs of the story and Carmel’s tutorial will focus on character development. This session will help you create fully dimensional, memorable, complex individuals, who move the narrative forward and create an emotional connection to the story. You will also learn how to craft backstory, character flaws, strengths, habits and distinctive behaviours as well as strengthening your plot with authentic and believable dialogue. By the end of the session, you can wave goodbye to clichéd boring individuals and say hello to a cast of unique and engaging characters your readers can really root for.


You’ve finished your first draft – hooray – but this is just the beginning! Now the real writing and revision begins. In this editorial tutorial, Hazel will guide you through the ins and outs of the structural edit, the copy edit and the proof edit, giving you plenty of practical examples, skills and techniques to help you navigate the different stages of the editing process. After this session, you will be all set to whip your words into shape and make your writing really sing before submitting your manuscript to a professional editor, or to agents and publishers.


Your ticket includes a full day of intensive tutorials, your Refreshers Week Action Kit and the advice and support of three internationally bestselling authors who have published 18 books between us, not to mention the opportunity to engage with other writers and share in the collective energy this always brings.


Feedback from our past events:

“The most enjoyable, inspiring day I’ve had in so long. I’m left feeling hopeful and full of hutzpah to get going!”

“The gift of inspiration is priceless … That is what I received and continue to hold onto since coming home.”

“I loved it. It was fantastically put together … an absolutely amazing experience.”

“I especially loved the positivity of the cheerleaders.”

“I am still on a high, it really was absolutely amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”


Saturday 14th September 2019

10:00am – 5:30pm

dlr LexIcon Library, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

The Inspiration Project presents: Refreshers Week DUN LAOGHAIRE

Your ticket includes three intensive workshops and a Refreshers Week Action Kit to guide you through the next five days after the event. To purchase more than one ticket, change the quantity required in the box below. Payment options include PayPal AND credit and debit cards. Please note that all ticket purchases are non-refundable and non-transferable.



What methods of payment do you accept?

Use the buttons above to pay with a credit or debit card, or your Paypal account. We do not accept payments by cheque or EFT.

***Please note that all bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable.***

How do I know my booking has been received?

You should receive an instant receipt from Paypal, confirming that your payment has gone through. Then within 72 hours, you will receive a second confirmation from us, via email. We will send it to the email supplied when you made the booking which, if you used Paypal, will be the email on your Paypal account. We do this manually, so please be patient!

If you have not received this confirmation from us within 3 days, please email us at

What should I bring? Is lunch provided? Do I have to prepare work in advance? 

All the relevant information will be supplied in the confirmation you receive from us.

If, having read that, you still have a question, you can contact us at

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3 internationally bestselling authors


1 day of intensive writing tutorials


a BIG shot of inspiration


You, much closer to your writing goals

We can’t wait to see you there!