The Box, QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS
An afternoon event looking at grants, funding and support available to authors in the East Midlands
You have the ideas, the skill, the ambition to make your writing work, but what’s missing? What could make it better? What support, knowledge, funding and other hidden opportunities could help you build the environment you need to thrive as a creative practitioner?
Join us for this afternoon workshop looking at the support and opportunities available to authors in the East Midlands. We’ll cover how to apply for funding from Arts Council England, developing your creative work, your rights as an author, and projects you can get involved with in your area. Whatever career stage you’re at, find out how you can engage with fellow writers and readers in the region.
1.30 – 2.15pm Grants and funding advice surgery with Arts Council England
Pete Stones, Relationship Manager for Literature in the Midlands, will give an overview of grants and funding authors can apply for from Arts Council. He’ll share advice on how to fill in the application form itself, what makes a successful project and how to get your idea off the ground. He’ll also highlight Arts Council funded projects in the area that authors can get involved in.
2.15 – 2.45pm How to develop your writing craft with Writing East Midlands
Aimee Wilkinson, Head of Artistic Development at Writing East Midlands, will share opportunities and support available to authors through your regional writing development agency.
Aimee Wilkinson is responsible for managing Writing East Midlands’ creative & career development programmes, including Routes to Writing, the extensive writing residency programme Write Here, the Writers’ Conference, the refugee and asylum seeker creative project, Write Here:Sanctuary and the region-wide older people focused creative project, The Elder Tree, to name but a few. She is the manager of Writing School East Midlands, a creative writing school for adult learners across Nottingham and Leicester. Aimee has a keen interest in how literature can make positive social change and is passionate about enabling equal access to creative activity and breaking down barriers to participation. She is also a writer, experienced performer and workshop leader.
2.45 – 3pm short tea and coffee break
3 – 3.30pm Demystifying contracts and authors’ rights with The Society of Authors
So you’ve written your work and have been offered a contract. What next and what does it mean?
Bryony Hall, Contracts Advisor at The Society of Authors, will explain the most common standard contractual terms that you might encounter and flag pitfalls that you’ll want to avoid, including the rights you’re granting to the publisher and issues relating to production, publication and payment. She’ll also go through the fundamentals of your rights as an author including copyright, attribution and moral rights which underpin any agreement which is reached between an author and publisher.
3.30 – 4pm LoveLit programme with Derbyshire County Council & Arts Derbyshire
Ann Wright, Head of Arts for Derbyshire County Council, will take you through programmes you can get involved with in your area.
LoveLit is funded and supported by Derbyshire County Council and Arts Council England. The project brings opportunities for readers and writers to access high quality talks, readings and workshops for writers aimed at expanding their writing skills and professional development. Speakers and facilitators have included poets, novelists, translators and academics. LoveLit have been working in partnership with Derbyshire Libraries and are now working to develop partnerships with local arts and heritage organisations. They will also be offering paid commissions for writers to work with members of Festivity, an arts festival forum.
4 – 4.30 pm Working with festivals with Derby Poetry Festival
Trevor Wright, Director of Derby Poetry Festival, will talk about how you can get involved with the Festival and share advice for authors on approaching and working with festivals to reach new audiences and readers.
Derby Poetry Festival takes place 21 – 26 November with an exciting programme of events, readings and workshops.
Trevor Wright is a Derby based writer and works part time in social care specialising in autism. He is a regular performer at poetry events in the Midlands, including Nottingham Poetry Festival and most recently at the Edinburgh Fringe with Nottingham’s DIY Poets. He is currently Shadow Writer to Rob Gee at Glenfield Hospital on the Elder Tree Project. His second collection, Salt Flow, was published by Big White Shed in April 2019.
Tickets are £5 and include refreshments. Book online by 18 November at midday. Please do share with your networks – we’d love for as many authors in the region to join us!
Please contact us with any queries.
We’d like to thank ALCS for supporting this event.