Information for Northern Ireland Writers

Information for Northern Ireland Writers

With support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s National Lottery funding, we are delighted to be in a position to extend our programming into Northern Ireland with a series of specialised courses in Belfast, Derry, Fermanagh and Tyrone which are designed to help writers in their craft and professional development of their career.

In addition to the courses we are running specific projects (such as XBorders:Accord) and the Roaming Writer in Residence.  We are also delivering two Community Writer-in-Residencies with The Rainbow Project, Foyle and Women’s Aid, Belfast.

The below schemes will be of particular interest to Northern writers as we are providing support and membership which will directly connect you with the Irish Writers Centre and writers from across the island.

IWC Subsidised schemes for NI writers

  1. Mentoring support scheme: Initiated in 2016, this mentoring scheme continues in providing support though our one-to-one mentoring programme. Upon application, we will provide five aspiring writers based in Northern Ireland the offer of one free 1.5 hour mentoring session. This is open to writers all stages of their career but who must demonstrate a strong level of commitment to the craft of writing.  These sessions can be used for manuscript feedback or professional development advice, and the selected mentee will chose their mentor from the list on our website.
  2. Professional Member Support Scheme: Now in its second year we are delighted to expand this scheme to offer 20 Free Professional Memberships plus a new €250 stipend:  As in 2016, we are offering 20 free professional memberships (at €50 each p.a.) However, this year, in a bid to connect writers north and south, this free membership will be coupled with a €250/£210 stipend that writers may use to attend IWC events, courses, and professional development days on either side of the border. The stipend can be used to cover the cost of an IWC course, travel, and accommodation. Though the IWC premises are in Dublin, we aspire to give Northern writers a sense of belonging to a community of writers across the island. We will let successful applicants know how this scheme will work in practice.

Eligibility:  Both schemes are available to eligible NI writers on a first come, first served basis, upon evidence of Northern Irish residency (a bill/official letter with name and address)­­.  In addition, writers applying for Scheme 2 will need to obtain professional membership by meeting a set of criteria outlined in our professional membership terms and conditions.

How to Apply: For further information and to apply please write to with the subject line NI Mentoring or NI Professional Member Support Scheme (as applicable), marked for the attention of Arnold Fanning.