The Paul McVeigh Residency- The Harrison, Belfast. Open to emerging writers living on the island of Ireland.

The residency will take between Sunday November 19th until Sunday November 26th 2023. It is open to emerging writers living on the island of Ireland. The residency is for early career writers who have yet to publish a book but can have had short work published. The applicant must be over 21.


Pre Residency:

The two writers will have an online session with award-winning author Kit De Waal to discuss making the most of the residency.


During Residency:

1. The resident at The Harrison will receive breakfast, lunch and dinner.

2. Both writers will get a one-hour session with some of Northern Ireland’s finest writers, the multi-award-winning Lucy Caldwell, Jan Carson, Wendy Erskine and Bernie McGill. (Potentially in person at The Harrison residency, or online, depending on the mentor’s schedules. The at-home residency sessions will all take place on zoom).

3. There is also a session with stage and screen actor Tony Flynn who will work with the writers both on reading their work in public for those future launches and festival appearances.

4. There will be a session with David Torrens of the legendary, No Alibis Bookstore will talk to the writers about their writing style and suggest authors and books for writers to read and will even give some for free.


After Care:

1. The Literary Consultancy (TLC) will give both writers a manuscript assessment report on their work in progress (up to 30,000 word extracts) worth £450 each. If preferred, the writers may use this £450 as TLC credit against any of our other services including Developmental Editing and Mentoring.

2. Aki Schilz, Director at TLC, will give both writers a one-on-one career advice session.

3. One year membership to Jericho Writers which includes – all their online events, free courses, blogs, articles and more. Discounts on paid editorial services and agent 1-1s etc.

4. Free membership of which will last until the writers are published.

5. Anna Burtt of Jericho Writers will give each writer a half hour Zoom publishing consultancy.

6. £100 towards travel to the residency (We will discuss travel arrangements with writers.)


Deadline – midnight October 1st

The winner will be notified by email on October 8th and announced on social media that day. Unfortunately, due to large volume of applications expected. We won’t be able to respond to those who are unsuccessful.

Published on:
8 Aug 2023
Opportunity deadline:
01 Oct 2023


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