Writer Development

Writing East Midlands (WEM) provides creative and professional opportunities for writers across the East Midlands.

Residencies
Writing East Midlands are working to establish roles for writers based at a range of cultural and community organisations across the East Midlands.

Writers-in-residence are an important and established method of engaging writers with other forms of art and culture, and the broader community, in a variety of different venues.  Residencies will be established in major cities and counties in the East Midlands region. They will represent that location as an unofficial ‘laureate’, examining and reflecting the identity of the area as part of their residency. Each Resident Writer will be based within a host organisation from either the cultural or community sector with strong links to other partner organisations in the area.

Mentoring
Writing East Midlands’ mentoring service will offer support and advice to writers of great promise and commitment. The scheme will match the selected writers to a sympathetic, established, professional writer.

This relationship will be for an agreed period of time and will focus on developing the work of writers who have reached a critical point, enabling them to step beyond the private process of writing and onto a new level. Ultimately, the service will help writers to develop their work to a publishable standard.

WEM will require writers to develop a specific piece of work-in-progress. Support will be provided in a number of sessions with an established writer, who will offer constructive criticism to help take the work forward. The mentor will be selected, in consultation with the applicant, from a panel of experienced writers established for this purpose. The mentoring service is delivered in partnership with The Literary Consultancy.

More information, including details on eligibility and how to apply, see http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/services/mentoring/.

Critical Reading Service
Writing East Midlands work in partnership with The Literary Consultancy (TLC) to provide writers with detailed, written reports of their work from experienced editors.

TLC’s Readers are editors and writers with in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry and are experts across a wide range of genres. Many are working novelists, teach Creative Writing on University courses, or have extensive experience of script reading. Writers can be confident that their work will be allocated to a reader who will best meet their needs.

For more details and to apply see http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/services/criticalreading/.

Bursaries
Writing East Midlands are working to secure funds for the support of writers creating new novels, short stories or poetry (although we accept that writing does not always fit neatly into boxes).  WEM plan to make ‘buying time’ bursaries available to assist new writers who have not previously published work outside of anthologies, periodicals or websites.  Another stream will be available for published writers.

WEM also hope to be able to assist writers with small ‘enabling’ bursaries which will cover such costs as travel, printing, typing and research where appropriate.

More information on availability and how to apply will appear here: http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/services/bursaries/.

Further opportunities
For more opportunties for writers, see http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/services/opportunities/.

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