Writers in Residence: Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

Writers in Residence part-funds short residencies by writers and storytellers with primary and post-primary schools in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. The scheme is supported by The Arts Council and Arts Council Northern Ireland.  

Residencies enable students to work with an experienced writer over a period of time. The participation of a key teacher, and the development of a working alliance between the teacher and writer, is fundamental to their success.

Residencies usually involve a local writer and are run in partnership with local arts organisations, such as the local Arts Office, Extended Schools Programme, Education and Library Boards, Údarás na Gaeltachta etc.

Residencies are:

  • Aimed at primary and post-primary school groups, with a maximum of 30 primary students and 15-20 post primary students.
  • Available in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland.
  • Developmental in approach, requiring a writer to work closely with a key teacher and with the same group of students.
  • Usually one visit per week for up to 8 weeks, with each session being 1.5 hours.
  • Funded by a three-way partnership between the school, Poetry Ireland and another local funding agency. The cost to the school is 33% of the overall cost of the residency. Writers fees are €150 per 1.5 hour session. 
  • Available with a range of artists from the Writers in Schools Directory including poets, novelists, storytellers, teen fiction writers, children’s writers and illustrators and screenwriters.  

 “the experience of being taught by a published author is one that will stick with me for the rest of my life” student after a writer residency

Video feedback from young participants in St Mary's Primary School, Maghera, Co Derry, following a Writers in Schools Northern Ireland Residency. 

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Special projects 2016

Thanks to the support of Foras na Gaeilge, a series of residencies and mini-residencies took place in Derry, Waterford, Mayo, Kerry, Donegal and Dublin. These residencies involved poetry and story writing workshops in Irish, with over 300 children and young people taking part. We were also very grateful to receive funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, through their Reconciliation Fund to run residencies and mini-residencies in schools across Belfast, through the Me, Myself & I Project, culminating in a finale performance in the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.