An Unexpected Adventure

Let’s get ready for ‘An Unexpected Adventure’

Where do you find story ideas? How do you make imaginary worlds come alive? Find out in this video.

My name’s Deirdre Cartmill. I’m a writer and poet, and I’m the Monaghan County Libraries Writer in Residence.

Watch out for my four videos on how to write a story, which I’ll be sharing over the next four Wednesdays.

If you’re interested in sending a story to the Summer Stars Short Story Competition, you’ll love these videos.

I’ll look at how to find ideas, creating real people, all the elements you need in a story and how to put it all together into the best story possible.

Each week, one lucky person will get a chance to receive some feedback on their writing from me. If you want to be in with a chance to get some feedback, send your short story to

Finding Ideas for your Story:

Creating People for your Story:

How to structure your story: