“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.”


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Our members include people who write fact, and people who write fiction, writers of scripts and stories, writers for stage, print and broadcast, for papers and magazines.

Joining the Irish Writers Union ensures you can avail of the Union’s professional services and advice, be kept informed of relevant developments, and meet other writers, as well as lending your support to the Union’s aims.

Membership is open to part-time and full-time writers in any language who are Irish by birth, adoption, or association.

The IWU year runs from January 1st to December 31st.



Full Membership

Is open to writers who satisfy the Executive Committee that they have either:

  • Published or self published at least one book – excluding vanity publishing.
  • Published a substantial body of work in newspapers or magazines.
  • Had a documentary or creative script broadcast on radio or tv.
  • Sold a screenplay.
  • Have produced other work which the Executive Committee may deem appropriate.

Associate Membership

Is open to writers who satisfy the Committee that they are actively engaged in writing, but have not yet had their work published or broadcast. Associate members enjoy the same privileges as full members, excepting the right to vote at meetings.

The annual subscription is €50 for full membership and €30 for associate membership. (Note: If you apply for membership from September onwards, the following year is covered by your payment.)

If you would like to join, you will need to submit a membership application form and membership fee.

You can print out, complete and return this membership form along with your payment to: Irish Writers’ Union, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 or submit the online membership application below.

Alternatively, you can make your payment online via PayPal (using the Buy Now button below), ensuring to also submit your application form by post, email or the online membership application form below.

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Membership Application form