Irish Writers' Union

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The Irish Writers' Union represents the interests of Irish writers, whether they were born in Ireland or elsewhere..

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The Irish Writers' Union

The Irish Writers' Union offers a model contract for guidance to members and assists in disputes if, or when, things go wrong. The Union acts as a watchdog, on both contracts and royalty payments, for members. It negotiates with, amongst others, the Arts Councils, both north and south, Bord na Leabhar, and CLÉ (the publishers’ association) on behalf of writers. Thanks to the Union there is now a disputes procedure for writers who feel publishers of their work have treated them unprofessionally.

The union welcomes applications for membership from established authors and beginners alike. If you are a writer, then you are a writer; established, struggling, or forever hopeful, so join with other writers for the benefit of all. Two categories of membership exist: Full, for published authors; and Associate, for as yet unpublished writers.

A programme of meetings and activities takes place throughout the year and fraternal links are maintained with the European Writers Congress and similar writers’ organisations throughout the world. A newsletter, Final Draft, is sent out to members every month by email (a limited number also by post).

The IWU membership year runs from 1st January to 31st December. The annual fee is €50 a year for Full and €30 for Associate members and foreign cheques or bankers’ drafts are accepted to the value of the relevant Euro equivalent from overseas members. All cheques should be payable to the Irish Writers’ Union and posted to 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

The Union has successfully fought on behalf of all writers for the author’s right to copyright and in defending public lending rights under existing and pending legislation. In the past, many of the illustrious founder members of the Union fought against the effects of State censorship as individual writers before the union was ever formed. Modern writers salute and are grateful to them.

Our objectives are:

To organise writers in Ireland;

To advance the cause of writing as a profession and as a form of work;

To achieve better remuneration and more favourable conditions for writers;

To provide advice, assistance and support to individual writers in their relations with publishers and other users of their work;

To provide a means for the expression of the collective opinion of writers on matters affecting their profession;

To contribute to educational policy in so far as it relates to the art of writing and the use of literature in the educational system.



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