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Research & Writing in Northern Ireland

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From October 2014 until at least January 2015 I will be in Northern Ireland, working on my book: working title Dear Bird. I have decided that I want to devote myself to my artistic self and to this project I have already given so much to. I will never finish the book until I go back and spend a significant amount of time in Northern Ireland, learning with and from the people, as well as devoting time to do some serious writing work. 

I am currently arranging a location where I will be able to volunteer in exchange for room and board in order to keep my costs low. However this most likely means I will be outside of Derry, the city where my novel takes place. The group I am hoping to volunteer with would provide me with a myriad of opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Northern Ireland, but I will also need to see different places and feel them out with my hands and soul. The funds I am requesting will be for travel expenses to get around the country, hostels, food, living expenses, etc for the 3-4 months. Depending on where I am at at the end of the volunteering stay, I may wish to find a writing residency where I can work for a few weeks to a month while it is all fresh.

My goal is to not limit myself because of resources, but to keep my costs as low as possible.

Your help will allow me to fully engage with the culture and experience without worrying about my ability to afford any trips, meetings, excursions or living essentials I need along the way. I will be able to fully engage with the writing of the story, wherever that leads me.

I will allocate it only towards this portion of my upcoming trip. I am inviting you to help me with this journey. I am NOT asking you to help me to go on vacation (all of the beginning part of this trip can most certainly be classified as vacation and I am paying for that.)
Please contact me directly if you would like a writing sample and synopsis of the book. I thank everyone who is willing to help me most sincerly, and I will keep everyone updated throughout the journey via email and my blog:

Anything you are able to give would humble me and push me to do better.


  • Megan Glaeser
    • $30 
    • 10 yrs
  • JC
    • $50 (Offline)
    • 10 yrs
  • M.P.
    • $750 (Offline)
    • 10 yrs
  • G.C.
    • $50 (Offline)
    • 10 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $100 (Offline)
    • 10 yrs


Katy Cashman
Pasadena, CA

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