Irish Writers Centre Mentor/ Member Duo Programme 2021

Irish Writers Centre Mentor/ Member Duo Programme 2021

As part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations, the Irish Writers Centre is delighted to announce a new One-to-One Mentoring and Membership Combined Programme with diverse writers in mind. This important support is made possible with kind financial assistance from Dublin City Council, and with the valuable assistance from marketing partners Create and Axis Ballymun.

Who is it for?

This is for all writers who need the sustenance of another more experienced writer to help them to start, continue or finish a piece of writing. This programme is especially geared at writers, new and existing, who are from backgrounds currently underrepresented in Irish literature. We particularly encourage applications from Black, POC (person of colour), Traveller, Roma, LGBT+, disabled, working class writers, and those who consider themselves to be within the target groups described in the EDI statement on our website.

The IWC is working towards the development of our first equality and diversity policy, and taking steps to promote equality of opportunity for all those living in Ireland, regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, civil or family status, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller Community, as well as socio-economic background. We also welcome and encourage Irish Language writers to apply.  While this programme is aimed at writers from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Irish literature, we are open to writers making a credible case for inclusion on this programme.

What will I receive?

If successful, you will be offered membership of the Irish Writers Centre till the end of 2021, and one 90 minute mentoring session on One-to-One Mentoring Programme.  The link will tell you how it works.

So, maybe you’ve started writing a novel or a poetry collection, but struggle with the motivation to finish your work, or want to start a short story but don’t know where to begin? Our One-to-One Mentoring programme connects you with a professional writer who will provide you with guidance and support to develop your work. Alternatively, you might need some career advice, or want someone to help advise you how to perform your work. This mentoring session is for you to use as it serves you best, whether it is for creative or professional support.

How to apply:

We ask that all applicants apply through our online application form. The form is really easy to use and if you have never applied to us before, we’d encourage you to do so now.  If you have any difficulties accessing our link please contact us on

Deadline: Wednesday August 11th, 2021 at 5pm.  (We cannot accept late applications)