Community Writer-in-Residency with Irish Wheelchair Association

Community Writer-in-Residency with Irish Wheelchair Association

As part of our evolving community engagement programme, the Irish Writers Centre is pleased to announce a community Writer-in-Residence (CWIR) initiative for 2018, funded by Dublin City Council. 

We are looking to appoint a Community Writer-In-Residence (CWIR) with the Irish Wheelchair Association.

Irish Wheelchair Association:

Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) has a vision of an Ireland where people with disabilities enjoy equal rights, choices and opportunities in how they live their lives, and where our country is a model worldwide for a truly inclusive society.

IWA works with, and on behalf of, people with physical disabilities to drive positive change in Ireland through the influencing of public policy, the provision of quality services and enabling accessibility to all aspects of society.


Key objectives of residencies:

  • To deliver creative writing workshops to participants.
  • To help, encourage and provide support to participants in telling their story.
  • To help work towards and prepare participants for a showcase event.
  • To write a piece of work (or report on) the experience of the residency and/or individual stories arising from the residency.

Writer's Brief

The CWIR is invited to lead a series of workshops, taking inspiration from varied sources; from their knowledge of the group, from participants’ stories, and from their own experience of previous facilitation. The goal is to create a process of engagement with the group in giving voice to their stories through language and words. While it is preferable that group participants write the stories themselves, it may be that the facilitator will assist and support participants to find their voice with the assistance of a scribe/ Personal Assistant (PA) who works alongside participants to complete tasks. Ideally, CWIR applicants will
  • Have an understanding of  the issues that may arise in regard to the target group
  • have an ability in drawing out stories from individuals in the group
  • have an awareness of the lives of the cohort group
  • be able to act as a role model and bring vision to the workshops
  • to encourage and support the group to prepare for final showcase

In advance of the residency, an agreed model of practice (to include evaluation), clear goals, roles and responsibilities will be agreed between the writer, the IWC and IWA. The structure of the workshops will be decided at this time, and will amount to 10 two hour workshops and a showcase event.

The workshops will start on Saturday April 7 and run until June 9, with a workshop every Saturday morning in between. As participants are coming from all over the country these are fixed dates. The project will culminate in a showcase of work created during the residency.

Who is eligible to apply?

This is an open call to writers who are living on the island of Ireland.  Applicants must have a proven track record and at least one book of fiction, short stories or poetry published by a recognised publisher. Experience of leading creative writing workshops is essential.

How to Apply:

Applications are accepted by email only to ensuring to put Irish Wheelchair Association in the subject line.

Please include:

A cover letter including your personal details which includes:

  • A proposal outlining in detail ideas and approaches around engagement and interaction with Irish Wheelchair Association. Please outline why you wish to undertake the residency and how you might be best suited to the role (maximum 2 pages).
  • An updated Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages) including publications with ISBNs.
  • Clearly labelled samples of recent work (three short samples from different works of up to 400 words or between 4-6 poems. Please do not send more as it will not be read.)
  • Any relevant information (as necessary) on your proposed project such as written excerpts, photos, research information, etc. (max. two A4 pages)

Please collate all application material into one attachment to ensure that it is eligible for consideration.

Application Deadline

Monday 19 March at 5pm. Late applications will be not be considered.

Criteria for selection

  • Suitability of proposal in context of Irish Wheelchair Association
  • Quality and feasibility of proposed ideas
  • Facilitation experience

Applications will go before a selection committee, comprising of a representative from both the Irish Writers Centre and the Irish Wheelchair Association.

The fee offered is €1,500 inclusive of VAT and expenses. This fee covers the preparation and delivery of  10 two-hour workshops and a show case event, and a  short evaluation report.

This is an Irish Writers Centre initiative supported by Dublin City Council

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