Our Membership runs for the calendar year from January to December, with all Membership ending on the 31 December.
Professional Membership is our initiative to better support and engage with writers who rely on writing as a source of income. An IWC professional member is a writer who can confirm that s/he meets at least 3 of these criteria:
- Has a book published by a recognised publisher with an ISBN.
- Has participated in a published collection which was selected by a jury in which professional writers or recognised curators participated.
- Has had a full-length play or a feature film produced by a recognised theatre/film company or theatre venue.
- Has been commissioned by Government, local authority, museum or equivalent for creative writing.
- Has been awarded a bursary, residency, or has been grant-aided by the Arts Council/Arts Council of Northern Ireland or other recognised funding body.
- Has been awarded tax-exempt status by the Revenue Commissioners, or are on schedule D as a self-employed artist in Northern Ireland.
- Has been paid to participate in public events to read their own work or to speak about a literary work, or offering views in the capacity as a writer.
- Has experience as a facilitator/teacher of creative or non-fiction writing.
- Has won a literary award.
- Is a member of Aosdána.
- Degree or Diploma from a recognised third level college in a literature-related subject; we will take other comparable level qualifications into consideration on a case by case basis.
Professional Member benefits in addition to Member Benefits:
- You will be part of the IWC panel of writers to be given priority consideration for employment opportunities including: facilitation of courses/workshops, events, panel discussions – participation and hosting.
- You will be automatically eligible in your applications for Writer In Residencies/bursaries (We currently have fourteen annual WIRs available).
- You have the opportunity to act as Member representative on the IWC Board.
- You have automatic eligibility to be invited onto a peer panel for selection procedures of various schemes run by the IWC and/or fellow literary organisations.
- You can add your name to the list of professional mentors on our website. Our Mentoring list is currently at capacity and will be reviewed early 2020.
- Invitation to join 'WORD' - a co-operative forum for professional writers to share information, and to offer support and encouragement to peers. ‘WORD’ came about in response to the often articulated concerns of many writers, the need to connect with others, to learn more about the rapidly-changing world of publishing and to act in a co-operative manner around areas of shared interest. If you are an IWC Professional Member and would like further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org putting "Joining WORD" in the subject line.
- Upon request, we can issue you with a certificate which will confirm you as a Professional Member of the IWC. This will be accepted as evidence of your professional status when applying for Jobseeker's Allowance.
Professional members will be required to provide a CV, ISBN or other evidential material to support their application as a Professional Member for a minimum of 3 of the stated criteria.
There is a sliding scale for annual fees of professional members (calculated on an honour system) based on earned income from writing (including the teaching of creative writing) as follows:
- €50 – writing income is under €8,000 p.a.
- €75 – writing income is between €8,000 to €12,000 p.a.
- €100 – writing income is over €12,000 p.a.
Membership: Once payment has been made (and compliance is confirmed, as necessary), we will be in touch from time to time to gather information which is for our records only.
Upon receipt of payment / evidence of eligibility, we will send you electronic confirmation of your membership.
Professional Development initiatives for Northern writers for 2019:
- Two dedicated Cill Rialaig places to Northern Irish writers.
- Twenty free Professional memberships.
- Mentoring scheme subsidy – expressions of interest to email@example.com