APPLICATIONS FOR LEAD WRITERS
YOUNG WRITER’S GROUPS
DERBY, LEICESTER, LINCOLN & CORBY
We are looking for four writers to lead our groups of young writers during the forthcoming academic year.
Please read the following information carefully and if you feel you have the relevant experience and skills to lead a group, please send your CV and a covering letter telling us which group you’re interested in and why you’d like to lead it. Please also indicate whether you have a current DBS (less than two years old) and provide contact details for two referees.
All applications should be attached to an email sent to: email@example.com
Please make a note of the following dates:
Deadline for applications – 2nd September 2019
Introductory Workshop (compulsory if you haven’t led youth workshops for WEM before) Thursday 12th September 2019 (5.30-7.30pm in Nottingham)
Monthly or bi-weekly workshops for all groups begin in early October.
If you’d like more information, please call Sian Tower on 0115 793 4110
About Writing East Midlands
Writing East Midlands is the writer development agency for the region. We support, promote and champion writing from the East Midlands and create opportunities for both practising and talented new writers.
To do this we:
* Find and develop new talent;
* Raise awareness of writers and writing in the East Midlands;
* Support publishing in the region;
* Encourage writing from all cultural backgrounds;
* Expand the writer economy in the region
* Develop partnerships and broker new relationships.
* Promote East Midlands’ writers locally, nationally and internationally.
We value openness, equal access to the means of creativity, freedom of expression and the removal of barriers to creative thought and writing. These values underpin the agency’s development work with writers, literature events, projects, and relationships with partners.
YOUNG WRITER’S GROUP INFORMATION
WHAT IS A YOUNG WRITERS GROUP?
A regular one to two-hour creative writing workshop which takes place in a community setting. This might include: a library, a community centre, a theatre or a school. They are led by a lead professional writer, experienced in working with young people and shadowed by another writer who both supports the workshops and receives mentoring support from the lead.
The workshops are for 9-18-year olds and cover a wide range of genres including: journalism, fiction, poetry, script writing, flash fiction, song writing and blogging.
The young people (9-16 years) attending are from a diverse range of backgrounds and ethnic groups. Most groups have been running for a long time and have their own character and dynamics.
WHAT DO YOUNG PEOPLE GET OUT OF IT?
Creative Writing is something often done by young people in isolation. By coming together, they develop their confidence in conjunction with an experienced mentor and within the safe forum of a supportive and nurturing group. Research undertaken by WEM shows our groups contribute towards self-confidence and well-being.
The group also offers wider benefits for young people in terms of skills and employment potential. Membership of a WEM YWG is something young people include on their CVs and the many experiences that come about such as performances, publications and prizes are formative and useful to the young writers.
Most young writers have never shared their work when they start and yet, most become confident writers, happy to perform. Many alumni have gone on to study English at A-level and beyond.
Four positions available in Derby, Lincoln, Northamptonshire and Leicester.
Writing East Midlands is looking for several experienced writers/workshop facilitators, with experience of and a strong interest in working with young people.
The successful candidates will ideally have:
- Proven literary ability and artistic quality as evidenced by a publication history, or history of performance and/or public outputs.
- Sensitivity and understanding of community arts programmes.
- The ability to talk about their work and experiences to groups of varying sizes and backgrounds.
- A flexible and welcoming workshop approach with an ability to adapt their workshop style and approach to suit groups of varying literary experiences and needs.
- Sensitivity to the special demands of working with diversity and a diplomatic and approachable nature along with a willingness to nurture creativity regardless of ability.
- Experience of working with young writers. (We strongly advise applicants to attend the Young Writer’s Group training workshop around this area or can clearly evidence recent work with young people).
- Current DBS registration or willingness to acquire this.
- To act as an advocate for the values and benefits of the group and take on an active role in the promotion of it within the locality.
- Experience of editing and collating work for project outputs such as an anthology or a performance.
It is envisaged that this position will require a time commitment of one session per month (1-2 hours each) of up to 10 sessions, though these sessions could be taken fortnightly depending on the group’s/venue’s needs.
A fee of £80.00 per session (to include planning time) is offered and fees should be inclusive of VAT. We don’t offer travel expenses, so think carefully about applying if you are not local to one of the locations.
Most groups offer biscuits and squash at half time and these can be claimed as an expense upon presentation of a valid receipt.
LEAD WRITER – ROLE
The lead writer will:
- Plan and facilitate up to 10 two-hour workshops with the chosen group of young people. The workshops should be fun, interactive and focus on a wide range of creative writing genres: storytelling, poetry, memoir writing, reading and role play and other areas of interest as decided by the groups themselves.
- Be responsive and sensitive to the group and individual members interests and needs and be open in their workshop and sharing approach.
- Proactively promote the group using marketing materials provided and liaise with partners accordingly.
- Be instrumental in collating evaluative data on the group’s experience. The lead writer will support a uniform evaluative framework in conjunction with a shadow writer.
- Work with a shadow writer and project partners to deliver the workshops and collate qualitive and quantitative data throughout the process.
- Collate suitable work from the workshops into a creative output such as an anthology or short performance.