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, Unlimited, the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships and Kickstarter. It will be an opportunity to discover new grants, answer questions and network with fellow writers.

The panel includes James Trevelyan, Nathalie Teitler, Gemma Seltzer and Sarah Thewlis. 

London Writers Network
This event is part of our London Writers Network series, and designed to give attendees (both members and non members) access to the resources and knowledge they need to develop their writing craft and career.

The London Writers Network is Spread the Word’s membership scheme, and offers a whole range of benefits. Members can attend two London Writers Network events for free each year and get 10% off our paid programme. They also receive a quarterly newsletter and special offers from our friends and partners. And all this for only £25 a year.

You can sign up / buy membership for a friend here.  

James Trevelyan


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James Trevelyan is a Relationship Manager in the Literature team at Arts Council England. He has a focus on development and funding for writers in London. He has an MA in Creative Writing and has previously worked in independent publishing and for a number of literature organisations.

Nathalie Teitler


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Nathalie Teitler is Project Manager for the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships. She works across the fields of arts, activism and academia. She has run literature programmes promoting diversity in the UK for over 20 years, founding the first national mentoring and translation programmes for writers living in exile, and is the Director of The Complete Works – a national development programme that helped to raise the number of Black and Asian poets published by major presses from less than 1% in 2005 to its current level of 16%. Nathalie is the co-founder of Invisible Presence – a national programme developing British Latino writers.

Gemma Seltzer


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Gemma Seltzer leads on Kickstarter in the UK, with a focus on arts and cultural communities. She supports writers, publishers, artists and makers to share their ideas on Kickstarter, the platform for creative projects, helping them raise funds, attract support and bring their artistic ideas to life. Previous to this, she was part of the literature team at Arts Council England, enabling literary organisations and writers to access funding and creative opportunities. Gemma is also a writer producing work for a range of media including print, radio and virtual reality, and runs Write & Shine, a programme of early morning writing workshops.

Sarah Thewlis


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With a background in literature and creative writing, Sarah Thewlis is the 2019 trainee at Unlimited, a commissioning programme for disabled artists delivered in partnership with Shape Arts. Her focus within the organisation is on text-based art forms and maintaining geographic diversity.