Our good friends Grimm and Co, masters at bringing literature alive for younger audiences are currently seeking people for three new roles; a Family Learning Specialist, an Outreach and Engagement Specialist, and a Creative Learning Manager. To learn more about these opportunities, please click on this post.
The Academy is a development programme aimed at helping and supporting short story writers, resident in any part of Yorkshire, who have already shown serious commitment to short story writing, and who want help and support to develop their work further. Over the last two years we have supported 18 such writers, could you be one of our next intake? Perhaps you have published a few stories already (in print or in online magazines) or had stories placed or longlisted in competitions. If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you!Successful applicants will participate in a monthly workshop critique group, where they will read and critique each other’s stories and if it is possible to take part in NSSF events in 2022.The programme will last six months from January-June 2022, led by writer and creative writing tutor Anna Chilvers. The meetings will take place in Leeds on a Monday evening, or on Zoom if face-to face meetings are not possible. Participants should be willing to meaningfully engage with others’ work by giving helpful and constructive critique. They should also be willing to accept critique and advice on their own work. This is a rare development opportunity for short story writers in the Yorkshire region. Places on the scheme will be limited and the deadline for submission is 30th September. For details on how to apply, please click this post.
Calling everyone who teaches, studies, or organises creative writing in education! Proposals for workshops, talks and panels exploring the theme of renewal and resilience in creative writing and teaching practice at all levels, and in all education and community settings, are invited for NAWE’s 2022 conference. Taking place virtually from 10th – 12th March 2022, NAWE 2022 will see a mix of curated strands programmed alongside contributions from NAWE members and non-members. Find out more by clicking on this post.Deadline for proposals: 1st November 2021
TLC are the UK’s longest running editorial consultancy, and have supported writers for 25 years through a number of core editorial services and events. A mid-level role, you’ll be working closely with the Director and Writing Services team, and be at the heart of creating, developing and delivering strategies to help TLC reach more writers. The position is part-time and remote with a salary of £28-£32k per annum, pro-rated. If this sounds like your next role, or the perfect role for someone you know, find out more by clicking on this post. Deadline: 20th September 2021.
Spread the Word is an official partner for The Literary Consultancy Free Reads scheme, supporting applications from London writers. Over the last 11 years, they've supported 58 writers with receiving professional feedback via Free Reads. The scheme is managed by The Literary Consultancy and funded by Arts Council England. It is open to writers of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, playscripts and screenplays. It offers writers the opportunity to receive professional, editorial feedback on their writing. The Free Read scheme particularly welcomes applications from writers belonging to groups currently under-represented in publishing including disabled writers, writers of colour*, and members of the LGBQTIA+ community. To apply for Free Reads via Spread the Word, you must live in London and be on a low-income. The scheme is open from Monday 19 July until Thursday 30 September (11.59pm) 2021. Click this post to apply.
If you're a writer living in the South West of England but are finding it financially difficult to progress further then TLC Free Reads could be for you. Through this Arts Council England-funded scheme, The Literary Consultancy and Literature Works can offer you a free opportunity to have your work read and reported back on by a professional editor from The Literary Consultancy. Deadline: 31st December
The poetry and spoken word festival BBC Contains Strong Language comes to Coventry between 23 – 26 September 2021 with over fifty online and in-person events happening city-wide. The extensive programme includes live broadcasts, workshops, readings, talks, films, pop-up poetry to take away and on prescription, walking tours and interactive performances for children. Venues include The Belgrade, FarGo Village, Coombe Abbey Country Park and elsewhere, with many outside events available. Poets appearing include: Loyle Carner; Grace Nicholas; John Agard; Simon Armitage and LYR (Land Yacht Regatta); Roy MacFarlane; Aysar Ghassan and Andrea Mbarushimana. Events are free (except Saturday night headline). Booking required. The program can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/containsstronglanguage while tickets can be booked by clicking this link.
If you missed out on the first sessions then we have some good news! Apples & Snakes are running a second season of Red Sky Sessions in September. Over the course of five workshops, participants will explore themes and techniques to improve their writing, develop their craft and hone their skills through a series of workshops and talks from some of the country’s leading poets and facilitators. Free to join for participants aged 18 and over. Click this post to learn more. Closes 3 Sep | More info
The prestigious Mslexia Fiction Competition is now open for entries, with a judging panel including Hilary Mantel (!), AL Kennedy, Marianne Tatepo and the agent, Jo Unwin – plus a prize pot worth over £10,000! There are three categories (Novel, Short Story, Flash Fiction) and winners and many finalists go on to great things. The closing date for all categories is 20 September 2021. Click this post to explore further.
Literature Works is partnering with South West Library services to launch Word Online - an exciting programme of virtual events in celebration of the work of diverse authors including Black, Asian and minority ethnic, disabled, and LGBT+ writers. Throughout this tour they want to highlight the power that literature can have in affecting positive change by connecting authors from richly diverse backgrounds with new audiences in the South West. They will be showcasing the work of disabled authors, writers from LGBT+ communities, and other voices from under-represented groups to broaden shared experience and celebrate the richness of the current literary scene. World Online also intend this programme to provoke, develop and challenge readers to confront head-on the issues raised by the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement by exploring the lived experience of Black, Asian and minority people living in Britain today. The tour will run fortnightly from 15th April – 28th October 2021 from 6 -7 pm. All events will be live -streamed for free via Crowdcast – an online broadcasting platform and are open to everyone. Find out more by clicking on this post!