Creative Writing Residencies - Department of English
Maynooth University and Kildare County Council Library and Arts Services seek applications for two Creative Writing Residencies. Applications are invited by writers of established reputation for two positions co-funded by Maynooth University and Kildare Arts and Library Services. Both positions run from October 2018 – May 2019, with duties expected to average approximately six hours per week contact time with students and the wider public. The roles are designed to provide students and the broader community with the opportunity to engage with writers of distinction, as well as providing the writers with time to advance their current project(s). Recent Writers-in-Residence at Maynooth University include Rob Doyle, Sarah Maria Griffin, Eoin McNamee, Lindsay J. Sedgwick, Hugh Travers and Joanna Walsh. The positions are open to writers across genres.
Successful applicants are required to be on campus or in Kildare Libraries approximately two days per week to teach a workshop and for consultations during term time. The post holders will also be expected to participate in the Kildare Readers’ Festival (October); to host readings in a programme curated between the applicants, the University and the Kildare Library and Arts Service, with a budget set aside for the purpose; and to publicize their events / workshops through social media. Since these are public-facing residencies, the Writers-in-Residence must demonstrate willingness to be representatives of the university and to be part of the university community. Writers will be provided with office space on the campus of Maynooth University.
A contract-for-services fee of €15,000 inclusive of travel expenses is offered for the eight month period, with a third payable on commencement, a third payable half-way through, and a third payable on completion. There is an additional budget of €2,000 per residency for invitations extended to other writers.