Writers in Schools: Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland

The Writers in Schools scheme part-funds visits by writers and storytellers to primary and post-primary schools in the Republic of Ireland (funded by The Arts Council) and Northern Ireland (funded by Arts Council Northern Ireland).

Over the past 18 years, the scheme has given more than 500,000 children the chance to work closely with writers in the classroom. We believe that the creative energy sparked by these first-hand encounters with writers can trigger an appreciation of the emotional and intellectual power of language that lasts a lifetime.

Writers in Schools single visits are:

  • Suitable for primary and post-primary school groups
  • Available in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland
  • Available with a range of artists including poets, novelists, storytellers, teen fiction writers, children’s writers and screenwriters

For the duration of the Covid-19 crisis and restrictions, Writers in Schools will be supporting virtual visits by writers.

  • These visits will be one hour in duration (can be split into a maximum of 2 sessions)
  • €75/£65 per visit. This is half the writer’s fee, paid by the school. Poetry Ireland funds the balance.

We will continue to support in-person visits upon agreement between the school and the writer, and if in adherence with public health guidelines.

  • 2–2.5 hours with a selected writer, which can be divided into shorter sessions for different class groups (eg three 45-minute sessions during one visit).
  • €100/£85 per visit. This is half the writer’s fee, paid by the school. Poetry Ireland funds the balance plus travel expenses.

“…it worked beyond my wildest dreams. In 24 years teaching I can safely say it was one of my best days” teacher

Note: We recommend that schools submit their application support as early as possible, as we generally operate on a first-come-first-served basis and unfortunately cannot accommodate every request.

Find out more

**Writers in Schools is currently accepting applications for autumn 2020, with the proviso that we are following health advice from the HSE/Government.

» How to apply
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