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 Tuesday 15 October at Spread the Word’s offices for London based writers.

Arts Council England’s Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP) funding stream 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 activities such as 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 a step-change in the kind of work you produce and involve you writing in a different literary form from your previous work.

Eva Lewin and Ruth Harrison will talk you through the different questions in the DYCP form to help you think about how you can respond to them. 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:

  • Are writers of any literary form including screenwriting, playwriting and graphic novels; 

  • Have a clear idea of what your proposed project is, what you want to achieve and how you are going to go about it;  

  • Be able to show how your project involves you working in a different literary form from your previous work; 

  • Have read through all the ACE guidance before you apply to take part in the workshop, so that you are reasonably sure that what you have in mind is suitable for DYCP funding(If what you want to do involves engaging audiences or participants, then you should go for a Project Grant instead.)  

This workshop will:

  • Give you an insight into the purpose of the fund; 

  • Help you think through your project; 

  • Take you through all stages of the application process; 

  • Look at what will make a strong application; 

  • Provide opportunities for you ask questions about your own proposal. 

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 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. 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 book a place, please email with a brief paragraph on your project idea and saying how it is different from your previous work; please put “DYCP Workshop in the email subject line. 

Date: Tuesday October 15
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Cost: FREE
Location:  Spread the Word’s Room 9, The Albany, Douglas Way, SE8 4AG.  

Please contact us to discuss your access requirements:

About the workshop leaders 

Ruth Harrison joined Spread the Word 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 25 September 2019