New Writing North is looking to appoint a number of freelance industry professionals with experience of offering business and professional development advice to support the delivery of our new Digi_Transform project for writers.

Person specification
We are looking for experienced industry professionals who can offer practical advice and who are experienced in the worlds of publishing, digital marketing and the wider creative industries. You will have experience of working with individual writers to build brands and market work and have a wide understanding of the opportunities that exist for writers.

Overview
This project is part of our new Digital Literature suite of training opportunities and events that aim to build the digital skills and knowledge of writers in the North East.

The aim of the Digital Literature programme is to support writers to identify and learn about opportunities related to digital forms of production and distribution, to improve how writers create and manage their brands and professional profile online and to inspire new knowledge, projects and ideas through access to expert advice and peer-to-peer support.

The programme is funded by Creative Fuse, which means that we are able to offer the opportunities free of charge and in some cases support participants with a bursary to support engagement.

The mentors that we are seeking will work with writers who are participating on the Digi_Transform professional digital development programme, which will support fifteen writers. Mentors will work with the writers to audit their existing business practice, promotional activities, communication strategies, digital profile and capabilities and then support and mentor them to transform/and or build their online presence and enable them to grow their profile and their business.

Each of the 15 writers on the programme will receive 6 hours of personal time with their mentor. The expectation is that these planned meetings will happen in person or by Skype as follows:

1. Diagnostic meeting: A one-to-one, 2 hour meeting (Online or in person) with a project mentor at which you will identify your business development needs and create an action plan of learning and activities to support you to move forward. This will be an opportunity to look at both the development of creative work and to create a plan to advance your career that considers existing barriers, skills development needs and how they can be addressed.

2. Progress meeting: A one-to-one, 2 hour meeting (online or in person) with a project mentor at which you will discuss the progress you have made since the first meeting, advance plans and trouble-shoot any emerging issues.

3. Final meeting: A one-to-one, 2 hour meeting (Online or in person) with a project mentor at which you review the activity that has been undertaken, reflect on the learning and progress that has been achieved and establish a forward plan of activities to continue to progress your career.

All of the meetings must take place during April and May 2018 with the majority happening in April.

Participating writers will each receive a £250 bursary to support their participation in the project. We will be looking to support writers who are at a place in their career trajectory where launching or transforming their online brand could impact positively on the development of their career/business. Places on the programme will be competitive following an open call for applications.

Fees and structure
We hope to either appoint one mentor who can work across this project or appoint up to five mentors to work with three writers each. The daily fee for undertaking this work is £250 inclusive of VAT and our expectation is that the mentor would undertake three, two-hour meetings per day. So, for a mentor delivering 6, two-hour sessions to a group of three writers would equate to a fee of £750 (three days work at £250 per day). If one person undertook all of the above work the fee would be £3,750.

How to apply
Application is online only. Please upload your CV and a covering letter outlining how your skills and experience could support this project, noting any previous mentoring and/or skills development experience by Friday 23 February 2018.

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New Writing North is looking for a freelance writer to write up a number of short case studies that will summarise the advice and guidance gleaned from our Digital Literature seminar programme, which covers topics such as e-books, podcasting and marketing your brand as a writer. The writer will be expected to attend and write up four events during April/May. The case studies will feature on the New Writing North website in the Resources section and must be delivered by the end of July 2018.

Person specification
We are looking for a writer with journalistic skills who is accurate and imaginative and who has some background understanding of writing and publishing. The work produced will be of various lengths, to be agreed when the seminar programme is finalised. You will work with New Writing North’s team to finalise the structure of the pieces once commissioned.

Fee
The fee for undertaking this work, for attending four events and for writing and editing four case studies is £1,000 inclusive of travel.

Overview
This project is part of our new Digital Literature suite of training opportunities and events that aim to build the digital skills and knowledge of writers in the North East. The aim of the Digital Literature programme is to support writers to identify and learn about opportunities related to digital forms of production and distribution, to improve how writers create and manage their brands and professional profile online and to inspire new knowledge, projects and ideas through access to expert advice and peer-to-peer support.

The programme is funded by Creative Fuse North East, which means that we are able to offer the opportunities free of charge and in some cases support participants with a bursary to support engagement.

How to apply
Please apply with your CV and a covering letter, which outlines how your skills and experience makes you an ideal candidate for this work and noting any previous relevant work experience that you have by Friday 23 February 2018.

New Writing North in conjunction with the family and friends of the late writer Julia Darling are delighted to announce the opening of the call for applications for the 2018 Julia Darling Travel Fellowship.

Julia Darling’s work encompassed a wide range of topics and forms from plays and novels to poetry and performance. She was an exceptional artist with a unique and humorous voice that engaged readers even when her work explored her declining health and ultimate death from cancer. Julia was also a kind and generous writer who went out of her way to support and encourage many other writers and aspiring writers to develop their work and their creativity. The fellowship is inspired by Julia’s love of travel and by the appreciation that she had of writing away from home, whether that was at creative retreats in the wilderness or in rented houses at the seaside. 

The fellowship is for £2,000 and is supported by a range of writers who knew Julia and her friends and family. The fellowship is decided by a panel of Julia Darling’s friends and family.

The fellowship can be used to fund travel and accommodation in the UK and internationally. The fellowship will also support group applications by writers who would like to undertake joint residential retreats (something that Julia valued).

The Fellowship is awarded by a panel made up of Julia’s writer friends and family. This year’s judges are Kitty Fitzgerald, Linda Anderson, Jan Clements and Bev Robinson.

The fellowship is open to novelists, poets and playwrights over the age of 18, who live and work in the north of England who have at least one professionally produced or published work to their name. The fellowship is for activity that takes place between June 2018 and May 2019. 

The Fellowship has so far supported three writers to undertake creative journeys: Chloe Daykin travelled to Norway, Michelle Green travelled to Hayling Island and Emma McGordon journeyed to San Francisco. You can read more about the travels and the work that came from them here. 

To apply writers must write a brief description (up to 500 words) of how they would like to use the resource to advance their creative work, a short biography (up to 300 words) and state why now would be a good time for them to receive support (up to 300 words).

Entry is by online submission only.

The Fellowship opens for applications on: Tuesday 6 February 2018 and the deadline for submissions is Friday 23rd March 2018.

The fellowship will be announced on as part of a special event celebrating Julia Darling’s work in the early summer. The winning writer will be expected to attend the event to receive the fellowship.