Writing Off Hate
Lead Writer Job Description
Writing East Midlands is the writer development agency for the region and supports, promotes and champions writing from the East Midlands to create opportunities for practising writers and to discover new writers of quality.
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 and
* 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.
About Writing Off Hate
Writing Off Hate will link a group of diverse young people in Newark The National Holocaust Centre, where they will hear testimonies from Holocaust survivors and to work with a professional writer to deliver ‘Creative Manifesto for Change’ on hate crime.
This manifesto will be shared as a performance, an exhibition and an anthology at Newark Book Festival in July 2020. Hate crimes, criminal behaviour motivated by hostility towards the victim’s disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity, have more than doubled across the UK in the last five years; from 42,255 2012/13 to 103,379 in 2018/19.
Writing Off Hate will connect young people with their wider community, raise awareness of the causes and impact of hate crime and how it spread in Europe during the 1930s, as well as share their creative writing with a wide audience.
The lead writer will also collate creative materials generated during the project into downloadable resources for educationalists, for use by all partners in anti-hate crime initiatives elsewhere. The project will take place during the first half of 2020 and culminate with the exhibition and performance in July 2020.
FREELANCE WRITER –IN–RESIDENCE – 1 position available to cover workshop activity in Newark.
Writing East Midlands is looking for an experienced writer and workshop facilitator to work with us on an exciting new project, ‘Writing Off Hate’.
The successful candidate will ideally have:
- A strong interest, sensitivity and experience of working with younger people
- Proven literary ability and artistic quality as evidenced by a publication history, or history of performance and/or public outputs
- Understanding of community arts programmes
- Sensitivity around the Holocaust, genocide, and related consequences of hate crime.
- The ability to talk about their work and experiences to groups of varying sizes and backgrounds
- A flexible and welcoming workshop approach. With the ability to adapt their workshop style and approach to suit groups of varying literary experiences and needs.
- Experience in running workshops with ‘reluctant writers’
- Sensitivity to the special demands of working with diversity and across generations and cultures
- Experience of working with museum objects and/or within heritage settings.
- Must have a current DBS registration – less than a year old.
- Experience of editing and collating work for project outputs such as an anthology or a creative toolkit.
- Experience of, or the willingness to, lead sharing or celebration events after the outputs of been collated
- A sensitive, diplomatic and approachable nature and a willingness to nurture creativity regardless of ability.
- Ideally the candidate will have an understanding or experience of Arts Award, though this is not a requirement.
It is envisaged that this position will require a time commitment of 12 sessions (3 hours each), across Newark. The sessions will take places on Tuesdays throughout March and April with the outcomes taking place in July 2020. It is a requirement that the writer also delivers a workshop as part of the Big Day Out on the 26rd April at the National Holocaust Centre.
Dates of sessions – confirmed. Applicants must be able to meet all dates,
- 24th March
- 31st March
- 21st April
- 26th April – Full day – Big Day Out
- 28th April – Trip to the Holocaust Centre with the group
- 5th May
- 12th May
- Sharing between the 10-12th July.
A fee of up to £2350 is available for the planning and delivery of residency workshops (£175 per workshop/ event plus £250 for Big Day Out)
There is additional fee for planning, output collation and potential delivery of Arts Award, to be negotiated.
All fees are inclusive of VAT
Additional travel expenses are available
Key Dates and Addresses
Deadline to apply is 5pm 3rd March 2020
Interviews will take place on Thursday 10th March at Writing East Midlands, The Garage Studios, Unit 4, 41-43, St Mary’s Gate, Nottingham, NG1 1PU.
The residency work will take place shortly after.
The lead writer will:
- Plan and facilitate up to 12, 3hour workshops with the chosen group of young people.
- Deliver one ‘drop in’ workshop as part of Big Day Out on April 26th 2020.
- Be responsive and sensitive to the group and individual members interests and needs, and be open in their workshop and sharing approach
- Be instrumental in collating evaluative data on the group’s experience, and also track their own process through the creative project. The lead writer will support a uniform evaluative framework which they will be able to engage with and shape.
- Work with a shadow writer and project partners to deliver the workshops and collate qualitive and quantitate data through the process
- Collate suitable work from the workshops into a creative anthology celebrating the work created throughout the project by participants.
- Potentially work with the group on performance skills or a public sharing of the work produced.
Please apply in writing via this link: https://writingeastmidlands.submittable.com/submit/58ddc1ea-05c2-45b0-92e6-ba4bceef392f/writing-off-hate
A current creative CV with relevant reference information.
A letter detailing why you are interested in the Writing Off Hate project, your writing and workshop facilitation experience, any specific experience in working with younger people, and working with museum objects or settings.
Please indicate what your understanding of hate, and hate crime is within the application letter.
Please also send a writing sample of up to 5 poems or 1500 words of prose.
Please ensure that the above is all on one Word document or PDF. Deadline is 5pm 3rd March.