Do you need a kick-start as a writer?

Or maybe you’ve already set yourself a writing goal but you’ve got bogged down?

Or have you finished your manuscript and need a second opinion?

I offer a suite of  services to help you meet your literary deadline, whether imposed or self-created.

  1. a bespoke weekly mentoring programme with tutorial sessions over three months for beginners or early writers.
  2. a guided writing/reviewing course for those in the middle of a project.
  3. a reader’s report on a finished piece of work, with a once-off appraisal and/or editing service for a fixed fee.

I’m an award-winning novelist and short fiction writer, and a professional editor of long-standing. I’ve taught creative writing at third level in the US and Ireland for 20 years.

You can see my professional profile on LinkedIn –

Please contact me on for further details. 



 I can’t recommend Mary highly enough.  I’m convinced my first book would not have been published without her help –  Tadhg Coakley author of The First Sunday in September and Whatever it Takes (Mercier Press) 

Mary Morrissy is a brilliant writer and a wonderful, skilful and kind mentorMadeleine D’Arcy, author of Waiting for the Bullet (Doire Press) 


I’ve been fortunate to have had editorial input from Mary on a number of occasions, from my fledgling short stories – one of which won the Penguin/RTE Guide short story competition – and more recently with two novels. In each instance, quite simply, her input has made them better.  Quite apart from her own wonderful writing, I have such faith in her creative ideas and her editorial suggestions.  So often, I had that “Oh yes, of course” moment when she illuminated a problem or just queried the possibility of a different way of  approaching something. . . Laura McKenna, author of Words to Shape my Name, forthcoming in spring 2021. (New Island Books.)

Mary Morrissy is the most incisive, focused guide I’ve ever been taught by, and a great motivating force when it comes to pushing through from that messy first draft to the final manuscript. Without her help and support I would not have left the starting gate! – Adrian Wistreich, author of Miriam and It’s Good for You (Amazon)

I would never have gotten into fiction writing without youAlison Driscoll Writer-in- Residence at the Molly Keane House, 2020/21

 ————————————————————————————————————————————- — 

I really appreciated your detailed analysis of my work and I was able to learn a huge amount under your experienced eye..

When I started  I could hardly muster up a page of fiction. . . now I’m several chapters into a novel. 

I almost gave up writing.  Thanks for helping me to keep going. 

Mary created an atmosphere of civility and support, creativity and diligence.

Great advice and attentive reading.
















One thought on “THE DEADLINE DESK

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s