Nottingham Writers' Studio 25 Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FH
Workshop Leader – Write Like A Girl
Nottingham Writers’ Studio (NWS) is looking for an experienced writing workshop leader to engage diverse groups from across our community in Nottingham’s female literary heritage.
Write Like a Girl is a heritage project celebrating the work of Nottingham’s female writers throughout history. NWS recognises the contribution of local heroes such as DH Lawrence, Lord Byron and Alan Sillitoe to the city’s cultural history, however we want to dig deeper to learn more about our female literary inheritance.
1: Research (30 hours)
You will research five of Nottingham’s female literary heroes, these are: Susannah Wright, Dorothy Whipple, Helen Cresswell, Mary Howitt and Panya Banjoko. You will study:
● Their lives and the historical context within which they lived ● Their work, paying attention to genre, style, themes and context
Your research will include reading the women’s work, collecting background available in archives (i.e. University of Nottingham Manuscripts and Special Collections) and interviewing people who are experts on the women, or in the case of Panya, the writer herself.
2: Workshop Planning (20 hours)
You will develop a series of six programmes, which will each include 4 x 2hr workshops. Programmes 1-5 will each focus on a different woman and will be delivered to five community groups. Programme 6 will include all the women and will be delivered to a group of members at Nottingham Writers’ Studio.
The outcome of the workshops will be new literary work created by participants that is inspired by the work of the woman their group is focusing on. This new work will be collated in a Write Like A Girl publication.
Each programme should include:
Worksop 1: Introducing the hero – activities based on finding out more about their life and works
Workshop 2-3: Responding to the hero – activities based on exploring specific pieces of work, its genre, style, themes and the social context within which it as written and using this information as inspiration for new literary work (to be created within the workshops).
Workshop 4: Connecting to the hero – activities based on sharing and refining the new works and discussing them in the context of how they connect to the hero and to each other.
You will need to clearly plan your workshop programmes in a digital format as they may be used again by NWS in the future.
3: Workshop Delivery (48 hours)
You will deliver your planned programme to six groups over 10 weeks. These groups will are:
Nottingham Black Archive (NBA) NBA is dedicated to researching, collecting and preserving black history, heritage and culture in Nottingham, from the earliest time to the present day. Its writers group includes people from Nottingham’s black African and black Caribbean communities.
Maggie’s Cancer Centre Maggie’s provides support to people living with cancer and their families. It’s creative writing group includes people from all backgrounds across Nottingham and supports them to explore their thoughts, ideas and emotions.
RISE Learning Zone RISE is a specialist learning facility in Nottingham for young people who not able to attend mainstream education. While they sometimes struggle with writing, they do respond very well to storytelling.
Bromley House Library An independent library in Nottingham dating back to 1816 and one of the few remaining subscription libraries in the UK. Home to 40,000 books and 1000 members, its one of Nottingham’s quiet institutions. It’s members tend to be middle-aged or older people, and many of them enjoy history. There’s a big enthusiasm among the members for taking part in community projects.
World Jam World Jam is a collective of musicians and poets from around the world who write and perform in their own language. It is volunteer led and its members are from a diverse range of backgrounds who enjoy collaborating and sharing with other artists.
Nottingham Writers’ Studio NWS is creative home for writers in the city. Its members are writers at different stages in their writing journey, working across a variety of genres including non-fiction, fiction, poetry and children’s writing.
4: Celebration (4 hours)
You will take part in a celebration event during which participants will have the opportunity to share their work aloud. The event will also feature a performance by writer and poet, Panya Banjoko.
5: Planning (6 hours)
You will take part in planning meetings and calls with the Write Like A Girl project manager at Nottingham Writers’ Studio
● An experienced and confident writing workshop leader with a demonstrable track record ● Able to demonstrate your ability to plan programmes of work ● Able to demonstrate your skills in research, preferably in a historical context ● Able to demonstrate clear understanding of literary genres, themes and contexts ● Inspired by Nottingham’s female literary heritage and enthusiastic about promoting it ● Committed to developing a programme of workshops that will engage diverse groups, including people from different backgrounds and of mixed abilities.
● Research and planning to take place from 17th December and 18th Jan. ● Workshops to be delivered from w/c 21st January to 29th March 2019. ● Celebration event will be held in April 2019 (date tbc).
This work is commissioned on a ‘fixed cost’ contracted basis based on the hours outlined above (total 108 hours) at a rate of £30 per hour.
The total value of this contract is: £3240.
There is also an additional budget of £200 for research materials.
If you are interested in this commission, please send these three documents:
1. Document answering these questions:
1. What is your track-record in workshop delivery (max 300 words) 2. What are your skills and experience in research (max 300 words) 3. What are your experience, qualifications and skills in writing (max 300 words) 3. Why are you interested in this opportunity (max 300 words)
2. An example of a plan from a previous workshop you’ve written and delivered
3. Your CV
Send all documents on one email to Claire Brown, NWS development manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line Write Like A Girl.
Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 30th November. Shortlisting will take place on Tuesday 4th December. Interviews will take place on Friday 7th December.
We look forward to your application!