Local literary arts organisation Wordsmithery has been granted funding for a year-long writing project which will allow them to enthuse and infuse Medway with words. More details about the project will follow on the Wordsmithery website, but part of this project will allow them to offer a personalised Writer Development Programme to 6 emerging Medway/Kent-based writers as part of the Arts Council England funded Confluence: Plant; Grow; Nurture project, which starts at the end of October.
If you are an emerging writer, aged over 18, based in Medway, or surrounding areas of Kent, who has had at least one piece of writing published, you are eligible to apply for this brilliant opportunity.
Writers on the scheme will be offered:
- 1 hour of mentoring advice for 6 months from a local writer-mentor.
- The chance to attend a Confluence Writers’ Retreat local to Medway, with guest tutors.
- A bursary for a short group writing visit to Sunderland.
- The opportunity to organise and host Roundabout Nights, and on another occasion, headline it.
- Writers will optionally be able to attend a pamphlet and zine making course (3 sessions) and a monthly drop-in workshop to learn how to produce your own pamphlets on a Risograph printer (10 sessions).
- Writers will have the opportunity to lead/assist with writing workshops and pop-up open mics in Medway Libraries (paid).
- Writers will be able to contribute articles to the new look Confluence website.
- Writer Development Programme students will be showcased in Confluence.
* It is important that those applying can attend the majority of the opportunities on offer. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the scheme or your eligibility.
How to apply:
They are looking for emerging writers with some experience, who are serious about developing their craft. You should have had at least one piece of writing published in a literary magazine or journal (online or in print), which is not your own blog. You should be based in Medway, or within an easy commute.
Please send a letter outlining why this opportunity appeals to you and what you’d hope to get out of it (no more than 2 sides), your CV and a sample of your writing (no more than 2,000 words of prose or 5 poems) to the Confluence email.
Applications will be decided by a panel consisting of representatives of the editorial team and an external advisor.
Deadline: 20 October 2017, (applicants to be notified of outcome by 27 October).