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.

With support from Dublin City Council, we are delighted to offer 20 subsidised associate memberships for writers who are living in the Dublin City Council area. This opportunity is for writers from backgrounds that are typically underrepresented in the arts in Ireland.

In keeping with Goal 2 of our 2022–2026 Strategy, this scheme will enhance opportunities for people across all communities to explore and participate in creative writing.

About our Associate Membership

Our membership scheme connects our community of writers from across the island through a number of member benefits, including access to advice, opportunities, and advocacy. IWC Associate Membership is open to all writers. Under this scheme, we are offering 20 free associate memberships, each valid for one year.

As an associate member you will receive the following;

  • 10% discount on our courses and events
  • Guaranteed free access to write using workspaces in our beautiful Georgian building*
  • Invitation to our Members’ Christmas Party
  • The opportunity to join or create your own writing group
  • Exclusive access to recorded information sessions for writers
  • Opportunity to stand as Members’ Nominee on the IWC Board

*The IWC building is open to members Mon-Thurs from 10am-4pm.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • These schemes are open only to beginner and emerging writers aged eighteen or over who are based in the Dublin City Council area*
  • This scheme is specifically for writers from backgrounds typically underrepresented in the arts in Ireland. This scheme is specifically for writers who identify as one or more of the following communities/backgrounds/identities: Black or Person of Colour, Disabled, LGBTQIA+, Member of the Travelling Community, Roma, Unwaged/low income.  
  • Applicants can apply for multiple support schemes as long as they are eligible under each individual scheme.
  • Applicants do not need to have had prior engagement with the Irish Writers Centre to be eligible.
  • Applications will be evaluated by an external selection panel, with reference to the case made in your application. 

*Ballymun, Finglas, Artane, Whitehall, Clontarf, Donaghmede, Cabra, Glasnevin, North Inner City, Kimmage, Rathmines, Pembroke, South East Inner City, Ballyfermot, Drimnagh, South West Inner City

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 formby 5.00pm on Wednesday 8 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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