Mini-Writers Retreat for Carers

The Oxford Dictionary defines a carer as “A family member who regularly looks after a child or a sick, elderly, or disabled person.”

The Mini-Writer’s Retreat for Carers Bursary aims to support writers who, due to their role as carer, find it difficult to find time for writing. You may be a son caring for an elderly parent, a working mother with school-going kids, a spouse caring for a long-term ill partner or a person supporting a sibling with a disability. If you feel you would benefit from a three-night writer’s retreat at Greywood Arts, please consider applying for this opportunity. We have two up for grabs.


Awardees will receive the following;

  • 3 nights residency at self-catering artist’s retreat Greywood Arts, Killeagh, Co. Cork Sponsored by author Rose Servitova
  • €100 on arrival to help with costs of travel/food/chocolate etc…sponsored by author Kit de Waal
  • Editing of piece of work/novel etc (approx. 15hrs)… with editor Sally Vance (This can be used within 12 months of residency)
  • Access to 6 online, interactive events with established authors on Sponsored by author & founder of, Sharon Thompson

GREYWOOD ARTS is a welcoming creative space to explore your process. Please familiarise yourself with our website before applying. 

Email the following to by December 18th, 2018

  • Full name, address, preferred email address & telephone number.

About you:

  • A short piece about yourself, your ‘caring’ life and why you feel you would benefit from a short writers retreat (maximum 500 words)
  • What are you currently working on (project description)?
  • CV or Bio
  • Work sample(s) sent as links or attachments (maximum 3000 words). At this time, we can only consider works of prose and fiction.

To download this information as a Word Doc click here.

Important Information:

  • Closing date for receipt of applications is December 18th 2018.
  • Awardees will be notified by December 27th.
  • Decisions are final.
  • This award is open to persons resident in the island of Ireland only.
  • Mini-residencies consist of 3 consecutive nights between February and September 2019, excluding June 15-July 15. To check available dates, contact Greywood Arts.
  • Greywood Arts provides accommodation in a private bedroom, shared bathroom and self-catering kitchen facilities, and sole access to the writer’s room, overlooking the Dissour River. Accommodation and writing space are located on the first floor.