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Irish Writers Union Offer Bursary

Article by Site Editor © 31 January 2013 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · News for Writers ).

The Irish Writers Union represents the interests of Irish writers, whether they were born in Ireland or elsewhere, and are again offering an Annual Bursary to attend The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Newbliss, in Co Monaghan.

Once again the Irish Writers Union is inviting applications from all paid up members for the Tryone Guthrie Centre bursary.

The Union will provide the successful applicant with a week’s stay at the renowned writers’ retreat.

Last year’s winner was Anne Holland, who has since signed a publishing contract for the novel completed during her stay.

Applications, to be sent to the Union at 19 Parnell Square, must include your current details, together with a statement of artistic intent, clearly and concisely outlining the project you would like to focus on during your time at Annaghmakerrig. You should also include a CV (maximum of two A4 pages) and clearly labelled samples of recent work and relevant information on your proposed project, such as written excerpts.

If you wish to have this material returned please enclose a stamped SAE.

The recipient will be expected to provide his or her own travel expenses, while the Union will provide a week at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at a date suitable to the recipient, subject to availability.

Applications must be received by 27th February 2013 and late applications will not be considered. The recipient will be announced at the Union AGM and Members’ Day on Saturday 6th April 2013.

The Irish Writers Union offers a model contract for guidance to members and assists in disputes if, or when, things go wrong. The Union acts as a watchdog, on both contracts and royalty payments, for members. It negotiates with, amongst others, the Arts Councils, both north and south, Bord na Leabhar, and CLÉ (the publishers’ association) on behalf of writers. Thanks to the Union there is now a disputes procedure for writers who feel publishers of their work have treated them unprofessionally.

The union welcomes applications for membership from established authors and beginners alike. If you are a writer, then you are a writer; established, struggling, or forever hopeful, so join with other writers for the benefit of all. Two categories of membership exist: Full, for published authors; and Associate, for as yet unpublished writers.

A programme of meetings and activities takes place throughout the year and fraternal links are maintained with the European Writers Congress and similar writers’ organisations throughout the world. A newsletter, Final Draft, is sent out to members every month by email (a limited number also by post). The Union actively seeks input for the newsletter from members and the aim is for the Union to be a community of writers, able to draw on support from each other and network in what is otherwise a fairly solitary pastime.

The IWU membership year runs from 1st January to 31st December. The annual fee is €50 a year for Full and €30 for Associate members and foreign cheques or bankers’ drafts are accepted to the value of the relevant Euro equivalent from overseas members. All cheques should be payable to the Irish Writers’ Union and posted to 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

The Union has successfully fought on behalf of all writers for the author’s right to copyright and in defending public lending rights under existing and pending legislation. In the past, many of the illustrious founder members of the Union fought against the effects of State censorship as individual writers before the union was ever formed. Modern writers salute and are grateful to them.

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