On foot of the exceptional success of the XBorders project over the last two years, the Irish Writers Centre are delighted that ACNI is supporting them to run it again in 2019. As with previous year’s projects, ways of seeing and thinking about borders, physical or inter-personal, their potential for art, and in particular, writing, will be explored. This year, the theme looks beyond borders and conflict to states of change and transition.
The process unfolds by way of seminars with artists, academics and professionals in the field, immediately followed by intensive workshops facilitated by Maria McManus. Maria will also act as mentor to the group, and will provide one on one mentorship to the participants.
On completion of this research period the writers will attend a workshop on the editing process led by Patsy Horton with a view to preparing their work for online or print publication. The Irish Writers Centre will also aim to connect the writers with literary journals and magazines as sources of publication if possible, once the process is at an end.
Who is it for?
Up to 20 emerging writers from all genres will be selected, namely, those who have had some measure of success with their writing but have not yet been published with a recognised publisher, or who may have had one book published. The participants will be selected on the basis of a call for writers who are resident on the island of Ireland. Candidates must sign up to participating in all aspects of the programme as part of the application process, as a condition of offer. You need to demonstrate that you have a track record as a writer – please see the Professional Membership criteria as a guide.
You do not need to have published a book but do need to demonstrate your seriousness of intent as a writer. IWC Professional members are encouraged to apply.
For full details on the project and details about how to apply visit: here