WIS Visits

Single Visits


The duration of an A type single visit is 120 - 150 minutes and the cost to the school is €100.00, half the writer fee. Visits can be divided into separate group sessions for example, three 45 minute sessions with different class groups/ age levels.
For budgetary reasons we may not be able to accede to all requests for visits. A limit has been set therefore of one A type visit per school per academic year.

*B type visits are for special projects with multi-school involvement and must be discussed with the WIS Office prior to application.
The B type visit consists of a writer or storyteller spending 300 minutes in a school/ library and the cost to the school is €200.00. The B visit can, if schools wish, take place over a maximum period of two weeks, divided into no more than five dates, and with a local writer.


Applying for a Visit


The school selects a writer or storyteller they would like to invite from the WIS Web-Directory of Writers , contacts them to see if they are available and then arranges a date. Once a date has been agreed between the school and the writer, the school completes the application form (which can be downloaded from this site) and sends it by post/email or fax to the Writers in Schools office at least 3 weeks in advance of the visit.
To be valid for consideration, all applications for visits must be received by the WIS Office at least three weeks in advance of the proposed date / starting date of the visit. However, we recommend that forms are sent as early as possible, as applications are approved on a first-come-first-served basis.
If an application has been approved for funding, the school will receive a confirmation letter and evaluation form in the post. Should we be unable to meet a request due to funding limitations, we will contact the school to this effect.


Rules of application

    • In line with the Writers in Schools: Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children and Young People in the Arts Sector, a teacher must be present at all times during the visit. Should an instance arise where a pupil spontaneously discloses an incident, the teacher can act immediately and appropriately, in line with school policy.
    • If a date is to be changed, each party must notify the other, and both should inform the Writers in Schools Office. Insurance will also only cover those concerned on the official date.
    • Visits cannot be funded retrospectively.
    • Visits to adult groups cannot be funded under this Scheme.

    Financial Arrangements


    • No visit will be funded unless it has been applied for and approved. The school and writer will receive written confirmation and evaluation forms as notification of approval of funding.
    • Visits cannot be funded retrospectively.
    • The school does not pay the writer directly.
    • The cheque for the school portion of the writer’s fee should be sent to the WIS Office, with the school evaluation form, within one week of the date / finishing date of the visit.
    • Cheques should be made payable to the Writers in Schools NI Scheme. The writer will then be paid their full fee and travel expenses by Writers in Schools.
    • Should the school wish the writer to stay longer than the sanctioned visit duration, it is up to the school to cover the extra costs.



    Type of session

    A (120-150 mins.)

    B (300 mins.)

    Cost to school



    Cost to WIS



    Fee to writer



    If your school finds it difficult to pay the school portion of the writer's fee, we suggest you contact your County Arts Officer to see if they have funding available. A full list of County Arts Officers is available from the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

    Travel Expenses

    Distance Travelled (Return)

    Expenses payable by Writers in Schools

    0-20 miles
    21-40 miles
    41-60 miles
    61-80 miles
    81-100 miles
    101-120 miles
    121-140 miles
    141-160 miles
    161-180 miles
    181-200 miles
    201-250 miles
    251-300 miles
    300 miles +



  • WIS Single Visit Application Form
  • Writers in Libraries Application Form
  • Writers in Residence Application Form
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