London Writers Awards Self-Care Brief
Call out for counselling / psychology practitioner


Spread the Word is looking for support with creating and delivering a self-care package for the writers participating in the 2021 London Writers Awards.  

We are seeking a UK-based professionally qualified counselling or psychology practitioner registered with a relevant professional organisation accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, (e.g. BACP, RCD, HCPC, NMC, UKCP, NCS, BPC) with experience of delivering workshops or talks to groups in person or online, and, ideally, who is a writer or artist or has experience of working in the creative industries.

The London Writers Awards is our highly regarded annual development scheme for talented writers from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in publishing. The programme aims to support writers to complete their manuscripts and to get agented. The 2021 London Writers Awards will run from January to October and will, initially, take place online.

We particularly welcome and encourage applications from practitioners with lived experience and/ or an understanding of the issues most affecting the communities we work with and for. All reasonable adjustments will be made for shortlisted candidates.

The London Writers Awards Self-Care Brief

The main objective of the London Writers Awards self-care strand of work is to: help writers identify and respond to their self-care needs and to help foster a supportive and constructive environment in which writers can pursue their creative practice and ambition.

The counselling practitioner will deliver online talks/ workshops and a resource pack as part of the mental well-being and self-care strand of the Awards’ programme taking place January 2021 – October 2021, alongside attending preparatory and debrief meetings with the Spread the Word team.

The fee for the work is: £4,000 inclusive and offered on a freelance basis. Please note that this contract is for UK based practitioners only.

You can read the full Brief here (available in word / PDF format). 

London Writers Awards Self-Care brief (word doc)

London Writers Awards Self-Care Brief (pdf)

How to apply

Please email the following to [email protected] by the deadline of: 9am, Monday 23 November 2020:

  • Your cover letter (no longer than two sides of A4) outlining your understanding of the Brief, how you would approach the role and your relevant experience;

  • Your CV;

  • Details of two referees;

  • Evidence of registration (scans are fine).

We will respond to all candidates by 5pm on Thursday 26 November. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed online on Monday 7 December 2020. Please confirm if you can attend in your application email. If you cannot make this date, please let us know your availability.

Please let us know of any reasonable adjustments that will need to be made, if you are invited to be interviewed.

Please make your application email subject heading: London Writers Awards Self-Care

If you would like further information or to talk about what’s involved prior to applying, please email [email protected] to arrange a call.

Published 5 November 2020
Updated 11 November 2020