Become a Facilitator
The Irish Writers Centre is always looking to expand its panel of creative writers and industry professionals who would be available to deliver creative writing and professional development courses.
Become a Facilitator
About the IWC’s Educational Programme
The Irish Writers Centre, based on 19 Parnell Square, Dublin, is the national resource centre for Irish literature. Its mission is to support and promote writers at all stages of their development. As a part of that mission it offers a diverse programme of writing courses, workshops and seminars led by established writers across a range of genres and forms, including fiction, poetry, script-writing, journalism, publishing, editing and more. It also offers professional development courses and seminars that would benefit writers in the development of their career. These include publishing days and courses in related and connected fields of expertise that might help writers produce an alternative stream of income. The Irish Writers Centre has also recently rolled out a programme of one-to-one mentoring. We run evening courses from five- to twenty-weeks long. We also run one-, two-, and three-day courses – usually over consecutive Saturdays. We run week-long courses (Mon–Fri) during summer months, and we run courses mid-week daytime depending on demand. However, we are not limited to these timeframes.
Who We’re Looking For
We are looking for writers with a strong public profile and strong readership who might attract new audiences to the Irish Writers Centre. We are also looking for industry professionals who are leaders in their field of expertise and who can impart valuable knowledge and skills to writers.
- You might be a writer or professional with a strong public profile and following who wishes to facilitate a course similar to the courses that we currently run.
- You might be a writer with an original idea for a course that we don’t currently offer at the IWC or that isn’t currently being offered in Ireland, and who has the unique skills set to deliver this course.
- You might be a writer or editor with a number of years of experience mentoring other writers or offering one-to-one manuscript assessment or development.
- You might be an industry professional who could deliver a course that would benefit creative writers in their career, or might be interested in appearing as a seminar leader or panellist on one of our professional development or publishing days.
Bear in mind that the success of a course depends on many factors: the public profile and following of the facilitating author; how active the facilitator is in the promotion of their course; the cost of a course; the time of the day, week, or year that a course is being offered; whether other organizations are offering a similar course in Dublin or Ireland; the number of writers or practitioners working in or interested in a particular field / genre.
The IWC give consideration to its Professional Members or to people who can show that they meet the professional membership criteria.
If you are interested in joining our panel, please contact us via the form below.
Irish Writers Centre’s Rates
Pay for Professional Writers
Our initial offer of work will detail the level of engagement and expectation of scope of work; any further details requested by the artist will always be discussed before they commit to or are engaged in the work. Our correspondence will also include a link to the Payscales policy detailed below.
We commit to making our rates of pay to artists clearly available on our website and in correspondence. We believe in the importance of transparency on matters of pay and working conditions, and that sharing this information publicly is to the benefit of all writers.
The rate for facilitation of writing courses or workshops, online or in person, is €70 per hour.
Seminar, intensive online or in person, €100 per hour.
Writing workshops or courses are usually 2 hours per session, and often continued over a number of days or weeks. Each course contains the following elements:
- A discussion of the practical elements of writing
- A critical examination of established works
- Workshopping of the students’ writing
- Feedback on students’ work where applicable
Seminars are usually 90 minutes to 3 hours and delivered online. Seminars are more lecture driven than workshops, with a capacity for a larger number of participants. There is less participant interaction than with workshops other than the inclusion of a Q & A session.
- €250 – up to 10,000 words read in advance, 300 word report, followed by 1.5 hour one-to-one meeting.
- €275 – up to 15,000 words read in advance, 300 word report, followed by 1.5 hour one-to-one meeting.
- €325 – up to 20,000 words read in advance, 300 word report, followed by 1.5 hour one-to-one meeting.
- €250 – Up to 240 lines of poetry read in advance, 300 word report, followed by 1.5 hour one-to-one meeting.
Events may be online/virtual/pre-recorded/podcast or face-to face.
- €100 – Multi-artist event (five or more writers presenting short readings/commissions of 5-10 mins)
- €250 – Introducing/research & interviewing/chairing an event
- €250 – Solo writer being interviewed,
- €150 – Panel discussion with 2-3 performers
- €300 – Keynote lecture
- €250 – Curator/ Facilitator
We cover accommodation/travel costs where required by the artist. Fees are confirmed from initial offer of work and confirmed in writing via email or Letter of Agreement issued.
Our initial offer of work will detail the level of engagement and expectation of scope of work; any further details requested by the artist will always be discussed. Rates offered are paid exclusive of VAT.
Payment is made electronically upon receipt of a legitimate invoice or signed letter of agreement – while by law we have 30 days to pay, we generally pay the writer within the week of the work being completed.
Changes to this policy:
This policy was updated in January 2023.