… Deadline approaching for Expressions of Interest! Deadline: Friday 24th March 2017
On Wednesday 21st June 2017, the UK will celebrate the first ever National Writing Day!
National Writing Day will inspire people across the UK to discover the pleasure and power of writing. No matter who we are, the ability to write with confidence helps us all flourish. Writing creatively is more than just learning a skill. It’s about being connected to your own voice, your own language and your own story. Creative Writing unleashes the imagination and develops self-confidence through self-expression.
Writing East Midlands wants as many people in the region as possible to be able to take part in events and activities for Britain’s first ever National Writing Day. Whether you belong to a school, library, community group, arts organisation, care home, shopping centre, nature reserve or anywhere else where local people come together, we can help you welcome a writer into your community to work with local people for the full day to help them discover the power and pleasure of creative writing.
Writing East Midlands is the writer development organisation for the region. We run an annual programme of writer residencies across the East Midlands. For more information and to see examples of previous residencies, please see: http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/services/routes/write-here/
– Provide 50% match funding for the fees and expenses for a professional writer to spend the day with you on National Writing Day, 21st June 2017 (All funds will go towards the writer, who will be paid the rate of £250 for a full day or £150 for a half day)
– Work with you to identify and book a suitable professional writer for your setting
– Help you structure your day so that your local community gets the very most out of their time with the writer
– Help you shout about it both beforehand and on the day itself, letting the world know that National Writing Day is happening in YOUR community
What you will need to do:
We are inviting host partners and venues to apply that have strong links with their local communities and will be able to galvanise people to give creative writing a try for the first time, in the company of an inspiring professional writer. We are expecting interest to be high, and will work with up to six partners who can demonstrate that they:
– Can match fund up to £125 to cover writer fees and expenses
– Provide a suitable setting/ range of settings to host a writer in residence for the day
– Provide an indicative structure of what the day will look like – which groups will you engage, how many people will benefit overall?
In considering applications, we will look to have a good regional spread of residencies across the East Midlands, and will consider the strength of community engagement that you can offer. To express your interest, please email Jess Tickell, Education Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org, before 5pm on Friday 24th March 2017, demonstrating how you meet the criteria above.