May 8, 2024 at 5:00pm

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We ask that all applicants apply via Submittable form by 5.00pm on Wednesday 8 May 2024.

The Irish Writers Centre is pleased to announce a new round of course bursaries for LGBTQIA+ writers living on the island of Ireland, made possible with support from the Arts Council of Ireland. These bursaries will enable writers to develop their skills through funded places at Irish Writers Centre creative writing courses, and create access by subsidising costs to individuals who may not otherwise be able to take a course.

This round of bursaries will be awarded to LGBTQIA+ writers as part of Pride month in June 2024. Bursary recipients will receive course credit worth €165 towards a course at the IWC.

In keeping with Goal 2 of our 2022–2026 strategy, these schemes will enhance opportunities for people across all communities to participate in creative writing and enhance their writing practise.

About our Courses

The Irish Writers Centre facilitates up to 150 courses a year for writers at every stage of their career. We provide a range of in-person and online courses including novel writing, short story, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Browse our courses here.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated by an external selection panel, with reference to the case made in your statement.

  • These schemes are open only to writers aged eighteen or over who are living on the island of Ireland and who are LGBTQIA+.
  • Applicants can apply for more than one support scheme as long as they are eligible under each individual scheme.
  • If you have benefitted from this scheme in the last three years you are ineligible to apply. This is in the interest of benefitting as many Irish writers as possible.

*Due to the volume of applicants we are not in a position to give individual feedback to applicants, unless they have been interviewed, depending on the scheme. This policy extends across all of our calls in the interests of equity and transparency, and because, as a small team, we don’t have the capacity to give individual responses.

How to Apply

We ask that all applicants apply via Submittable form by 5.00pm on Monday 6 May 2024. 

What is Submittable?

Submittable is an online platform that the Irish Writers Centre uses to collect and review submissions and applications. To submit your application via Submittable, applicants will need to create a Submittable account. It’s free and easy to use but if you have any issues with Submittable, please email Applications will be acknowledged via an automatic email. If you don’t receive a confirmation of receipt, please contact us to check if your application has gone through.

About the Irish Writers Centre

As the leading support and development organisation for writers since 1991, the Irish Writers Centre carries out its work, online and in person, on an all-island basis. We work with writers of all types and talents, and actively encourage writers from all communities to engage in creative writing. We provide many ways and means for them to develop their skill, advance their ambitions and join a vibrant and diverse community of people who share their passion and purpose. We are also a membership organisation, always seeking new opportunities for members to grow as writers and to connect with each other through IWC programmes and supports.

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