London Writers Network
Applying for Creative Writing Funding

Are you thinking about applying for funding to develop your craft? Or have you applied previously and need some guidance?

This event features short talks by funders including Arts Council England, the Society of Authors and Jerwood Charitable Foundation alongside writers who have successfully applied for funding. It will be an opportunity to discover new grants, answer questions and network with fellow writers.

The line up features James Trevelyan (ACE), Martin Reed (SoA), Joy Francis (Jerwood Charitable Foundation) and Jacqueline Crooks (writer).

Martin Reed

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By day, Martin Reed is head of communications at the Society of Authors, the UK trade union for more than 10,000 writers, illustrators and literary translators. The SoA will award more than £400,000 in grants and literary prizes to writers in 2018.

By night, he writes fiction and co-edits the Forge Literary Magazine. His short fiction has been performed, shortlisted and published in many obscure places, including Critical Quarterly, Litro and the Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. His debut collection Angel Caging was published in 2017.

James Trevelyan

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ames Trevelyan is a poet and arts professional. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway and his debut poetry pamphlet was published by the Emma Press in March 2016. He has worked for a number of literature organisations and is currently Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator for independent publisher Penned in the Margins. As a Relationship Manager, Literature at Arts Council England, he covers the London area with a focus on publishing.

Jacqueline Crooks

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Jacqueline Crooks is a Jamaican-born writer. She writes about Caribbean migration and sub-cultures. Her stories have been published by Peepal Tree Press, Virago, Granta, The Woven Tale Press, and Mslexia

Joy Francis

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Joy Francis is the Project Manager for the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships. The Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships is a collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Arts Council England. The Fellowships are a development opportunity for poets supporting individuals whose practice encompasses poetry in the broadest artistic sense. Joy is an experienced journalist, editor, lecturer and communications strategist, and a longstanding campaigner for inclusion in publishing, the media and the arts (both here and abroad). She is also Executive Director and Founder of Words of Colour Productions, the only UK-based social business which primarily develops, promotes and champions writers of colour from the main professional writing industries.

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