About

Writers Guild of Ireland

The Writers Guild of Ireland (formerly the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild) is the representative body for writers in Ireland for the stage and screen.

The organisation is a company limited by guarantee. It elects its Board from its members at its annual general meeting – at which all full members can attend and stand for election.

We believe that writers in Ireland are not generally well-treated; that rates are modest to insulting; contracts poorly drawn up and always written in favour of the commissioner or purchaser of the rights; and that all of these issues can be at least partially improved by collective action. We believe that information – about exactly what others are getting paid, what rights they are selling and how they are improving their situation – should be distributed freely to any writer who is interested.

Full membership of the Guild is available to any writer who has contracted to write for payment in Ireland for the stage, screen, radio or digital media. Associate membership is available for those who have not yet contracted to write for payment. Associate members can attend the Annual General Meeting, but cannot stand for election or vote.

Benefits of membership:

  • vetting of  playwriting and screenwriting contracts
  • advice on industry practices
  • career guidance
  • a profile page on our web site
  • fortnightly electronic newsletter with industry news and competition information
  • discounts on software and services
  • access to the writers groups in Dublin and Galway
  • supporting the Guild’s efforts to lobby the government and industry for better terms and conditions for writers

Join The Writers Guild of Ireland today!