class="post-21591 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-opportunities"Free workshop on applying for Arts Council England’s Developing Your Creative Practice fund

If you are not familiar with applying for grant funding, filling out an application form can be a daunting and baffling process. Ruth Harrison and Eva Lewin from Spread the Word will be running a free workshop for London based writers on Tuesday January 2020  at Spread the Word’s offices in Deptford to support writers to create an application for Arts Council England’s Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP) fund. They’ll talk you through the different questions in the DYCP form to help you think about how you can respond to them.  

Arts Council England’s DYCP fund is for individual artists to apply for lottery funding to develop a new piece of creative work and a new way of working.   You can apply for up to £10,000 towards for activities and support such as e.g., mentoring, time to write, research, or professional development costs.  Whatever it is you want to do, the project you have in mind must be about making step-change in the kind of work you produce and involve you writing in a different literary form from your previous work. If you are an individual writer  or representative of a writing / literary group looking for support in developing an Arts Council England Projects Grant instead, please check out our development workshop offer here: www.spreadtheword.org.uk/free-workshop-on-applying-for-arts-council-englands-national-lottery-project-grants-funding/

Once you have attended the workshop you can send your draft application to Spread the Word for feedback in more detail.   

Is this workshop right for you? 

This workshop is designed to support people who:

We strongly recommend you look at the successful applicant case studies on ACE’s website, including this one: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/case-studies/developing-your-creative-practice-desiree-reynolds 

This workshop will: 

Places are limited. Because of the nature of the workshop we are only able to offer spaces to applicants whose ideas are suitable for this particular funding stream.  

We anticipate that demand will be high for this workshop so please only book yourself a place if you are committed to attending.  The workshop is open to writers of literary forms including playwriting and graphic novels.  It is not open to artists working in othemedia including documentary film making. 

The workshop is FREE but places are limited.

To express your interest in attending this workshop, please email hello@spreadtheword.org.uk with a brief paragraph on your project idea and saying how it is different from your previous workinclude details of your track record or attach your writer’s CV. Please put DYCP Workshop in the email subject line. Closing date for workshop expressions of interest is Monday 16 December 12 noon. We’ll contact you after this deadline, before Christmas to let you know whether we can offer you a place. 

Workshop details

Date: Tuesday January 2020 

Time: 6.30-8.30pm 

Cost: FREE 

Location:  Spread the Word, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG.  

Please contact us to discuss your access requirements you may have at hello@spreadtheword.org.uk 

About the workshop leaders 

Ruth Harrison joined Spread the Word as Director in 2015. Her working life has been in the field of the arts and particularly in literature. She has been Director of Apples and Snakes, a literature development officer and programme manager at The Reading Agency. She is passionate about not only widening people’s engagement with writers and writing but also in developing writing talent. Widening participation and engagement alongside developing and building awareness of new voices has been core to her work.

Ruth has previously been a trustee of Little Green Pig – a charity working to inspire children and young people to get creative with writing, sits on the steering committee for The Literary Platform’s Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and is part of the team developing EmpathyLab – a start-up using words and stories to build young people’s empathy skills.

At Spread the Word, Ruth is responsible for leading the company artistically and strategically and working with our highly skilled and dedicated team to make a difference to and for writers and their audiences in London.

Eva Lewin is Writer Development Manager at Spread the Word where she leads on the one-to-one support for writers, through feedback surgeries and professional development coaching. Eva commissioned the Writing the Future research (published in 2015) into Black and Asian writers and publishers in the UK marketplace. She continues to work on the strategy to take forward the diversity agenda, including Spread the Word’s consultancy on WriteNow with Penguin Random House.

Her twenty years’ experience in the literature sector includes curating creative writing programmes, co-directing the Hackney literature festival, running writers’ residencies and a shop-floor library at Ford’s car factory in Dagenham. Eva is an RD1st accredited coach (ILM Level 7 equivalent).

Published 18 November 2019

class="post-21651 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-opportunities"Free workshop on applying for Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants Funding 

Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants is an open access funding stream for arts, museums and library projects. The fund is for individual artists, community and cultural organisations. Project Grants supports a broad range of not-for-profit projects that create and sustain quality work and help people to engage with arts and culture. The fund also supports development by allowing artists, cultural practitioners and organisations to work in new ways and to get their work out to new audiences. Engaging audiences is the key distinguishing feature of this fund – it is not designed to support your time to write or mentoring unless these are integral to the engagement activity. An individual artist can apply for up to £15,000. Organisations can apply for up to or above £15,000.

If you are not familiar with applying for grant funding, filling out an application form can be a daunting and baffling process. Ruth Harrison and Eva Lewin from Spread the Word will be running a free workshop on how to develop a Projects Grant application for London based writers on Tuesday 28 January 2020 at Spread the Word’s offices in Deptford. If you are an individual writer who is looking at making a change in your creative practice, please check out our Developing Your Creative Practice workshop offer here: www.spreadtheword.org.uk/free-workshop-on-applying-for-developing-your-creative-practice-funding-3/

This workshop is for individual writers or a writer representative from, for example, a writers’ collective who want to pursue a joint project.

Eva Lewin and Ruth Harrison will talk you through the different questions in the Project Grants form to help you think about what you need to consider and have in place to apply for Project Grants funding. Once you have attended the workshop you can send your draft application to Spread the Word for feedback in more detail.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is designed to support London-based:

What you will need for the workshop:

This workshop will:

Places are limited and offered on a first come first served basis. However, because of the nature of the workshop we are only able to offer spaces to applicants whose project ideas are suitable for this particular funding stream. We anticipate that demand will be high so please only book yourself a place if you are committed to attending. This workshop is not open to artists working in other artistic forms outside of literature, including documentary film making.

The workshop is FREE but places are limited. To express an interest in coming along to the workshop, please email hello@spreadtheword.org.uk with a brief paragraph about you as a writer; a short paragraph on your project idea, an outline of the activities and audiences you are aiming to engage and the approximate level of funding you are seeking. Please include brief details of any previous Project Grant applications you may have made and if they have been successful or not. Please put Project Grant Workshop in the email subject line. Closing date for expressing an interest is Friday 10 January 2020. We will be in touch with everyone who expresses an interest in coming along in the week beginning Monday 13 January 2020. 

Workshop details 

Date:   Tuesday 28 January 2020

Time:   6.30pm-8.30pm

Cost:    FREE

Location: Spread the Word’s Room 9, The Albany, Douglas Way, SE8 4AG

Please contact us to discuss your access requirements: hello@spreadtheword.org.uk

About the workshop leaders 

Ruth Harrison joined Spread the Word as Director in 2015. Her working life has been in the field of the arts and particularly in literature. She has been Director of Apples and Snakes, a literature development officer and programme manager at The Reading Agency. She is passionate about not only widening people’s engagement with writers and writing but also in developing writing talent. Widening participation and engagement alongside developing and building awareness of new voices has been core to her work.

Ruth has previously been a trustee of Little Green Pig – a charity working to inspire children and young people to get creative with writing, sits on the steering committee for The Literary Platform’s Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and is part of the team developing EmpathyLab – a start-up using words and stories to build young people’s empathy skills.

At Spread the Word, Ruth is responsible for leading the company artistically and strategically and working with our highly skilled and dedicated team to make a difference to and for writers and their audiences in London.

Eva Lewin is Writer Development Manager at Spread the Word where she leads on the one-to-one support for writers, through feedback surgeries and professional development coaching. Eva commissioned the Writing the Future research (published in 2015) into Black and Asian writers and publishers in the UK marketplace. She continues to work on the strategy to take forward the diversity agenda, including Spread the Word’s consultancy on WriteNow with Penguin Random House.

Her twenty years’ experience in the literature sector includes curating creative writing programmes, co-directing the Hackney literature festival, running writers’ residencies and a shop-floor library at Ford’s car factory in Dagenham. Eva is an RD1st accredited coach (ILM Level 7 equivalent).

Published 18 November 2019

class="post-21602 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-news"London Short Story Prize 2019 Longlist

We’re pleased to announce the twelve stories in contention for this year’s London Short Story Prize. 

This year we received an incredible 574 entries. We’re really pleased that 50 free entries were taken up by writers on a low-income, supporting our mission to make the Prize as accessible as possible to all writers in London.

Crafting the longlist was an incredibly difficult task. We worked our way through stories set across the globe, playing with form, and introducing us to whole new worlds. Some of these were explicit and imaginative, whereas others were more personal and restrained. Within them, we read stories about consent, navigating loneliness, cross-cultural interactions, mental health experiences, our increasing dependence on digital communications and defining what love is in these modern times. Collectively, they give us a glimpse into topics that matter to Londoners.

We looked for well-crafted stories that felt original and evoked feeling  – whether this was surprise, joy, laughter, empathy or curiosity. Our brilliant judging panel now have the unenviable task of choosing the winner. Our judges this year are writers Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Eley Williams and agent, Charlotte Seymour from Andrew Nurnberg Associates.

Good luck to the longlist and thank you to everyone who entered. We’ll announce the results on 3 December. The London Short Story Prize 2019 Anthology, featuring the top stories from this year’s Prize, will be published in partnership with Kingston University Press in April 2020.

The London Short Story Prize Longlist (Titles only, in alphabetical order) 

Circus
Dark Rain Falling
flesh-meet
Good Girl
Home
I Precede Myself
Jacking Sea Fruits in the Dark
Keeping His Eye In
Love Ocean
The Sum of Things
This Shaping
Wardrobes

 

 

Published Thursday 14 November

class="post-21583 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-opportunities"London Writers in Education Gathering

London Writers in Education Gathering

Spread the Word is teaming up with the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), Goldsmiths, University of London, Arvon and Ministry of Stories to run a free networking event for London writers in education on 4 December 2019.

This informal gathering is a great opportunity to meet up with fellow writers in London to swap stories about working in educational and community settings and support one another.

There will be a chance to hear more about the work of NAWE, Goldsmiths, University of London, Arvon, Ministry of Stories and Spread the Word; and participate in group discussions around your practice and career as a facilitator.

For further details and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-writers-in-education-gathering-tickets-80498831171

Wednesday 4 December 2019, 6.30-9pm (refreshments from 6pm)

Margaret McMillan Building, Room MMB 221, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW

 

Published 13 November 2019

Photo credit (C) Kevin Lake for Spread the Word

class="post-21539 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-opportunities"Seeking submissions for special
Deptford Literature Festival edition of TOKEN Magazine

Deptford Literature Festival is partnering with TOKEN Magazine, to produce a special edition issue.

TOKEN Magazine, founded in 2017, is a literature and arts print magazine that features under-represented writers and artists.

This special edition issue TOKEN is looking for writing inspired by Deptford and Lewisham, with a preference for writers based in the area. The founder of TOKEN Magazine has lived in Lewisham since she moved to London eight years ago (excusing her brief stint in Hackney). We want to celebrate both the richness of the area, and the art and literature that comes from it. That said, you can loosely interpret the theme, if you wish.

We’re looking for short stories, life writing, photography, artwork, illustrations, poems, and comic strips. For details on each art form please read the guidelines on our Submittable page. The deadline for submissions is 5pm Friday 13 December 2019. The issue will be published for Deptford Literature Festival on 14 March 2020.

For more information about this callout and to submit your work, please visit: spreadtheword.submittable.com/submit/151977/token-magazine

class="post-21535 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-opportunities"Deptford Literature Festival Open Call

We’re currently seeking artists and arts organisations to apply to be part of the Deptford Literature Festival programme.

We have 5 open commissions of £500 available to writers, artists and arts organisations based in Deptford and Lewisham to deliver activity as part of the festival.

Commissions could include: writing workshops, readings, performances, talks, walks, participatory sessions, cross-arts activity, local heritage activity and more…

The only stipulations are that activity takes place on 14 March at the Festival, is literature based, and has a connection to Deptford and the surrounding area.

To apply, we ask applicants to send us a proposal of no more than 2 sides of A4.

You can apply and read more info about what we’re looking for in proposals on Submittable here: spreadtheword.submittable.com/submit/152095/deptford-literature-festival-open-call

Deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 13 December 2019. Applicants will hear back by 20 December 2019.