Words Ireland is committed to supporting literature and writers in Ireland.
In its first year of operation Words Ireland will provide no less than 20 distinct professional development workshops, masterclasses, seminars and mentorships. These include a mentorship programme for writers, developed by Words Ireland for and in partnership with Wicklow County Council Arts Office, as well as the Mindshift programme, a series of professional development sessions, which will focus on the business aspect of writing and will initially take place in Dublin, Cork and Listowel. Seminars on mentorship, reviewing and criticism in literature, and issues pertinent to the Irish language sector are also planned.
We have already initiated a mentorship scheme with Wicklow County Council Arts Office, the details of which are here. We have also partnered with Stinging Fly to curate workshops for the more experienced writer. Details of which can be seen here.