iCRAG in partnership with the Irish Writers Centre is delighted to launch a developmental pilot programme for writers working with scientists. This is a fully-funded programme for eight writers interested in climate justice and geosciences.
Building on iCRAG’s creative arts approaches, Writing the Earth brings writers and scientists together to explore aspects of iCRAG’s research through creative writing. The fusion of creative writing and science has led to visionary pieces of work: think Star Trek or The Martian, Silent Spring or The Ministry for the Future. Many ideas first imagined by writers have come to pass through science and research. With a rich history of writing in Ireland, it is the writers of today that are at the forefront of imagining the ideas which will make the planet sustainable and viable for the children of tomorrow.
In a collaborative process of talks and workshops, the scientists will inform and guide the writers through scientific processes in plain English. This will enable writers to form their creative ideas around an aspect of climate change or earth science that they will eventually create into fiction or creative non-fiction.
We will select up to eight emerging or early career professional writers, writing in prose, namely, fiction or creative non-fiction. Applications are welcome from writers who have had some measure of success with their writing with journals or online publications but who may have not been published with a recognised publisher, or who may have had one or two books published.
Details on how writers can apply to join the programme are available on the Irish Writers Centre website Writing the Earth application page. The application deadline is 5pm February 25th 2023.