Spread the Word is pleased to once again be a charity partner in Penguin Random House UK’s year-long WriteNow mentoring programme. WriteNow aims to discover and develop new writing talent from communities under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves.
WriteNow was created in 2016 to help ensure books and publishing better reflect UK society. It aims to find unpublished voices that are currently under-represented in books across all genres, including Fiction, Non-Fiction and Children’s. This includes writers from a socio-economically marginalised background, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) or BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) writers, or writers with a disability.
The programme offers 150 aspiring writers access to free regional events in London, Bristol and Newcastle where they will get one-to-one time with editors to receive expert, personalised feedback on their book, alongside access to literary agents and published authors, including Elif Shafak, Kit de Waal, Afua Hirsch and Fox Fisher.
Penguin Random House editors will work with 10 of the most promising writers over 12 months to make their manuscripts the best they can be, with the ultimate ambition of publishing these new writers.
Spread the Word is pleased to be part of the cohort of regional writer development charities that are part of WriteNow 2017 Penguin Random House alongside Literature Works and New Writing North.
Tom Weldon, CEO, Penguin Random House UK, commented:
“Books and reading can make an enormous difference to people’s lives, expanding our imaginations and empathy and helping us make sense of different perspectives.”
Charlene Allcott was one of the twelve writers selected to take part in the first mentoring programme. She shares her thoughts on WriteNow:
“The opportunity to meet a lot of people in the industry was like being able to step behind a velvet rope at a nightclub that that you’ve been desperate to get into for years and years. And actually, when you get there, you see that everyone is like you and has the same hopes and dreams and ambitions. To any writers thinking about applying for WriteNow, I would say stop thinking and start writing.”
Nikesh Shukla, author of The Good Immigrant said:
“WriteNow was a great opportunity for marginalised writers to be in a room with their peers, writers they respect and editors willing to offer them feedback. Sometimes this is all you need to show you that you can be a writer and you deserve success – being in the room. Well done WriteNow for inviting people into the room.”
Ruth Harrison, Director of Spread the Word added:
“Spread the Word, London’s writer development agency, has seen many of London’s writers gain hugely from WriteNow with increased confidence in and professional feedback on their writing, insight into how publishing does what it does and invaluable contacts within the industry that would otherwise take them years to establish. Spread the Word is delighted to be supporting WriteNow into its second year.”
Are you a writer looking to apply?
Unpublished writers across the UK can apply to attend one of the WriteNow insight days in London, Bristol and Newcastle by visiting http://www.write-now.live/ and submitting a sample of their work. 150 writers will then be invited to attend one of the events. Ten exceptional writers will go on to benefit from a year of mentoring with the goal of having their book published.
Applications for WriteNow 2017 open on Tuesday 13 June and close on Sunday 16 July and must be submitted at: http://www.write-now.live/
Please note that Spread the Word is not able to answer queries about applications; please field your queries to the WriteNow team.