January 5, 2022 at 12:00am

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The Irish Writers Centre is pleased to announce a new round of course bursary applications for Northern Irish Writers. 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.

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

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. We particularly invite applications from BIPOC, Traveller, people with disabilities, and working class writers. We will place a strong focus on ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic status when evaluating applications.

How to apply:

This scheme is currently open to writers from Northern Ireland (resident in Northern Ireland or originally from Northern Ireland)

We ask all applicants to apply through our online application form (linked above) by midnight on 5 January.

All other writers:

We will confirm the availability of further bursaries, open to writers outside of Northern Ireland, in early 2022. Further announcements will be made on our website and in our newsletter.

Applicants will be contacted in due course. The IWC is not in a position to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

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