March 22, 2023

April 12, 2023 at 5:00pm

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The Irish Writers Centre is pleased to announce a new round of course bursary applications for writers based in 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 open up access to course entry by subsidising costs to individuals who may not otherwise be able to take a course.

20 bursaries will be made available, which will be awarded to both emerging and professional writers. Bursary recipients will receive course credit worth €165 towards a course at the IWC.

In keeping with Goal 2 of our new this scheme will enhance opportunities for people across all communities to explore and participate in creative writing.

About our courses

The Irish Writers Centre offers a range of courses for writers at every stage of their career. We offer in-person and online writing courses, along with our new self-paced writing courses, allowing you to access course content at your own time and pace. We have capped our course participants to 12 places per course to ensure a quality and personalised experience for all.  View our Spring course programme

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

This is an open call to writers, over the age of 18, resident on the island of Ireland. Writers of both the English and Irish language are welcome to apply. 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, sexual orientation, civil or family status, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller Community, as well as socio-economic background. We encourage writers from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Irish literature to apply for these bursaries, and will place a strong focus on ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic status when evaluating applications. Applications will be evaluated by an external selection panel, with reference to the considerations outlined in our EDI Statement and to the case made in your application form as to how you would benefit from a course bursary.

How to Apply

We ask that all applicants apply through our online application form by 5.00pm on Wednesday 12 April 2023. If you have any difficulties accessing this link or any questions about the programme please contact us at

The IWC is not in a position to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

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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