Community Writers-in-Residence

Community Writer-in-Residence

As part of our evolving community engagement programme, the Irish Writers Centre is pleased to announce three community Writer-in-Residence (WIR) initiatives for 2016, funded by Dublin City Council. 

Pavee Point
Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre was established in 1985 as the Dublin Travellers Education and Development Group, aiming to provide training and leadership opportunities for Travellers. Lisa Harding is currently Writer-In-Residence at Pavee Point

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre was established in 1979 and is a national organisation offering a wide range of services to women and men who are affected by rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse. Shauna Gilligan is currently the Writer-In-Residence at Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

Dublin Adult Learning Centre (DALC)
The Dublin Adult Learning Centre on Mountjoy Square in Dublin provides basic education services to ensure that everyone in the inner city has the opportunity to avail of their right to develop their literacy and numeracy skills. Nessa O'Mahony completed a Poet-In-Residence at DALC in April — May 2016.

Key objectives of residencies:

  • To deliver creative writing workshops to participants.
  • To help, encourage and provide support to participants in telling their story.
  • 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 WIR 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 act as scribe if necessary.

Ideally, WIR applicants will:

  • be sensitive to 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

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 the hosting organisation. The structure of the workshops will be decided at this time, and will likely amount to 10 (not exceeding 12) two hour workshops.

Given the short timeframe, there is no particular emphasis on a final product or outcome. Regardless, the facilitator will feed back the experiences of the group in written form, which will serve to inform our funders about the project.

The fee offered is €1,600 inclusive of VAT and expenses.



Pavee PointDublin Adult Learning CentreDublin Rape Crisis CentreDublin City Council