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Applicants sought for 20k UL Writing Fellowship

(L-R) UL Writing Fellowship, Frank McCourt Chair in Creative Writing, Professor Joseph O’Connor, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Richard Ford and Writer in Residence, Donal Ryan during his first ever visit to Limerick. Photo: Sean Curtin Fusionshooters. Writing Fellowship at UL.

Application submissions have opened for the €20,000 Arts Council UL Writing Fellowship  for January to June 2017, or January to December 2017. Writing L

This third year running UL Writing Fellowship is led by the author of eight novels, Professor Joseph O’Connor, School of Culture and Communication, and is taught by a number of acclaimed writers, including novelists such as Sarah Moore Fitzgerald and Limerick man Donal Ryan. Writing Fellowship at UL.

The 2017 Fellow will have the chance to participate in numerous public events in the city as well as engaging with students, staff and faculty while developing their work in a supportive environment.

There is also a potential for the fellow to teach at the UL Creative Writing Summer School in New York.

“Speaking from my own experience, the fellowship was life-changing. The basics here are so perfect. It was the first time I was immersed in a creative environment, given a dedicated physical space in which to work – and the campus here is one of the most verdant and beautiful in the world. That’s not glib chauvinism; I’ve been on campuses all over the world! The process of engaging with the work of other writers, and helping them to realise their potential allowed me to really analyze and improve my own process.” expresses Former Arts Council Writer in Residence at the University of Limerick, Donal. M Ryan.

Donal continues to say that, “when it comes to any kind of creative endeavor the concept of ‘teaching’ can become nebulous, and so the ideal candidate I think is a person who is prepared to allow their own notions to be challenged, to be as open to new ideas about creative writing as they are willing to share their ideas with others. A prescriptive approach to creativity rarely works; every writer is different and we each have to find our own rhythm, our own way of getting the words to flow”.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter by noon August 26, outlining areas of interest, teaching experience (if any), ideas for engagement with UL’s creative writing programme, and a full CV to include the name and contact details of three referees to the programme co-ordinator for creative writing, Claire Ryan, [email protected].

Check out the Arts Council University of Limerick Writer’s Fellowship here.

Check out School of Culture and Communication at UL here.

Read more about UL Creative Writing Summer School in New York here.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.