Writing bursaries for the John Hewitt International Summer School 2023 now open

16th May 2023



We are offering four bursaries to attend this year’s esteemed John Hewitt International Summer School being held from 24-29 July in Armagh. Writers resident in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough can apply via this link

Deadline for applications is this Thursday 18 May 2023 at 5pm.

Bursaries are to the value of £500.00 each and cover:

  • B&B for five nights in a single ensuite room, within walking distance of the venue.
  • Free tickets to all programme events, unless otherwise specified.
  • A creative writing workshop course of your choice, with 6 hours tuition over 3 days.
  • An invitation to all Festival receptions.
  • Morning break refreshments

The John Hewitt Society promotes literature, arts, and culture inspired by the Ideas and Ideals of John Hewitt, the Belfast poet, critic, curator & political thinker (1907-1987).

Since 1987, The John Hewitt Society has developed a wide range of literary and cultural activities to bring people of differing faith and cultural identities together in safe spaces through the medium of literature and creative writing.

The aim of the bursary scheme is to offer opportunities and experiences to inspire and foster a love of reading and to motivate, equip and support the development of writing for pleasure.

Some comments from Bursary award students:

‘A brilliant experience, the variety of events on the programme was exceptional. I was so lucky to receive a full bursary.’

’ I had the best week. I can’t tell you how fantastic it was and how much of an impact attending the summer school had on me. I just loved it! Thank you for the bursary to attend.’

‘My experience at the summer school was phenomena. Loved it!’

‘I was amazed and delighted at the variety of events on offer. Meeting other writers and taking part in the Showcase was inspiring and highly motivational. The whole week was brilliant though somewhat exhausting! Great speakers and great connections made that have further aided my writing progress.’

‘It was excellent. The events and speakers were of exceptional quality. The breadth of events kept me interested as everything was unique. As a bursary student I felt very well looked after and warmly welcomed. I felt the organisers genuinely cared that I was well and happy.’

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