The Arts Council and University College Dublin invite applications for Writer in Residence for the
Calendar Year 2022

The Arts Council Writer in Residence was established to provide a stimulating environment for the resident writer, and afford a degree of financial support to concentrate on their own practice. Additionally, the residency brings energy and dynamism to the university, and allows students and faculty to engage with a practicing writer for a concentrated period.

About the residency:

The Writer in Residence will be engaged for the calendar year 2022 and will be situated in the School of English, Drama and Film, and within the Creative Writing programme in University College Dublin, with the opportunity to engage with the wider campus.

The residency will be divided into two parts:

  1. From January to June 2022, the writer in residence will be supported to engage with students and staff. This programme of engagement will be designed by the resident writer, in consultation with the faculty of the university, and could include focused teaching, workshops, mentoring, public events or other activities which bring new energy to the creative writing programme. Contact time with staff and students during this time will be capped at 4 hours per week, and the writer will not be expected to deliver core curriculum.
  2. From July onwards, the writer will be supported to concentrate on his or her own practice.

The fee to the Writer in Residence is €30,000, with the Arts Council contributing €20,000 and the university €10,000. University College Dublin will provide the Writer in Residence with a dedicated space, where they can conduct their own creative practice, within the university. University College Dublin will also support the residency administratively.

Who May Apply?

The award is open to professional writers working in all literary genres and forms. Applications will
be considered from writers of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, graphic novels and children’s and
YA fiction and poetry.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be resident in the Republic of Ireland. There are certain exceptions where the Arts Council may deem eligible applications made by those based outside the Republic of Ireland.However, before admitting as eligible any such application, the applicant would need to write to the Arts Council and explicitly outline within the application how the outcomes of any such proposal would benefit the arts in the Republic of Ireland, and the Arts Council must be satisfied with same. Enquiries in relation to this should be directed to Sarah Bannan, Head of Literature, at sarah.bannan@artscouncil.ie.
  • Be professional practising artists. Although they might not earn income continuously or  exclusively from their arts practice, applicants must identify themselves, and be recognised  by their peers, as professional practising artists.
  • In line with the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty, the Arts Council is committed  to ensuring that it takes positive policy measures to promote equality of opportunity for all  those living in Ireland, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, civil or family status,  religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller Community. Furthermore, the  Arts Council notes the ground of socioeconomic background as a further basis for which  equality of opportunity must be guaranteed. The Arts Council therefore welcomes  applications that are representative of the diversity of Irish society, including but not limited  to any of the characteristics outlined above.

Making an Application:

To make an application, writers should provide:

  • A detailed proposal, which sets out how they would propose to engage with students, staff  and the wider campus, and relevant experience to support this approach
  • A one page artist’s statement, which describes how the residency could impact on the  artist’s practice 
  • A detailed CV, setting out artistic achievements and accomplishments

Applications should be sent to Pauline Slattery at pauline.slattery@ucd.ie by 5.30 pm on  Thursday, 28 October 2021. Applications will be accepted by email only. Applications received after  the closing date will not be accepted. 

Assessment Process 

Upon receipt of applications, the Arts Council and University College Dublin will establish a selection  committee, which will be made up of two representatives from University College Dublin, one from  the Arts Council and an external panellist with literary expertise. The selection committee will  shortlist applicants based on the following criteria: 

  • artistic track record of applicant
  • quality of idea/approach (referred to above), as outlined in the application
  • potential impact of residency on writer’s own creative practice

A shortlist will be established (of no more than 6 writers). Shortlisted writers will be called to interview in mid-November. The interview is likely to be held via video conference call, in line with public health guidelines. The interview will allow the shortlisted writers to discuss their plans and experience in more detail. The panel will make the final decision based on the above criteria and
decisions will be communicated by the end of November.