Schemes for Northern Irish Writers 2021

Schemes for Northern Irish Writers 2021

With support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s National Lottery funding, we are delighted to offer subsidised membership and mentoring schemes for writers based in Northern Ireland.

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 schemes. We will place a strong focus on ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality and socioeconomic status when evaluating the applications for this opportunity.

The below schemes directly connect Northern writers with the Irish Writers Centre and writers from across the island.

IWC Subsidised schemes for NI writers

  1. Mentoring support scheme: Upon application, we will provide 20 aspiring writers based in Northern Ireland the offer of one free 1.5 hour mentoring session, along with a 300-word report. These 20 free mentoring sessions will pair a writer with an experienced mentor. The IWC Mentoring scheme offers a key support for writers to connect together and excel their art form under expert guidance, support and learning to develop quality and excellence in writing.
  2. Professional Membership Support Scheme: Our membership scheme connects our community of writers from across the island through a number of member benefits, including offering advice, writer opportunities, and advocacy. We provide a professional networking opportunity for writers to contribute to the development of the writing community, and guide any literary query with our sectoral knowledge. 20 free membership places will be provided to the successful applicants who meet our Professional Membership criteria

Eligibility: These schemes , writers applying for Scheme 2 will need to obtain professional membership by meeting a set of criteria outlined in our professional membership terms and conditions.

How to Apply: Please fill out the forms linked below to apply:

Deadline: 16 December 2020

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