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Call-out for Writers and Arts Practitioners

Published 18 December 2017 - By Literature Wales
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Literature Wales announces opportunity for individuals or groups to create and deliver a series of creative writing workshops in the community

A new funding scheme for writers has been launched by Literature Wales which forms part of a wider community engagement plan, Llên Pawb | Lit Reach.

Wales-based literary and arts practitioners are invited to devise and deliver series of new and innovative creative writing workshops which encourage wider engagement and inclusion. Writers, artists, illustrators, film-makers, musicians and other literary and arts practitioners are welcome to apply. Cross art-form projects are encouraged, though the emphasis should be placed on literature and creative writing.

Each workshop series should comprise 4-6 sessions and have a clearly defined target audience and outcome, for example, the creation of a poetry pamphlet, a showcase event, a short film and screening, or an EP of songs. The costs for producing the outcome must be included in the application.

Projects should be suitable for one or more of the following target groups:

  • Groups at risk of marginalisation or exclusion
  • Vulnerable people and those living in disadvantaged areas
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Young people at risk of disengagement
  • Long-term unemployed adults
  • Mental illness sufferers
  • Elderly and those suffering from loneliness
  • Prisoners and their families
  • Minorities, e.g. Gypsy Roma travellers
  • People who are homeless

Successful projects will be commissioned by Literature Wales in autumn 2017, and must be delivered by Friday 1 June 2018. Literature Wales may work with applicants to develop their proposal further before commissioning. Active participation in literature is seen as a vital part of a balanced, engaged and healthy life. This new scheme places literature heart of the well-being, literacy, employment and skills agendas.

How to apply?

Email the following to post@literaturewales.org with the subject line ‘Llên Pawb | Lit Reach: Artist Opportunity’:

  • A CV (including two referees relating to the type work you are pitching to deliver in your proposal)
  • A short statement (no more than 300 words) about why you would like to be involved in the scheme and why you feel you are qualified. Also include where you are based, how far you would be prepared to travel, whether any other practitioners are involved in the delivery of this project, and whether you have links or experience of working with any of the groups listed above.
  • A fully costed Workshop Series Proposal with a budget not exceeding £1,500 inclusive of developmental work, delivery costs (including fees for yourself and any other practitioners), room hire, travel and project outcome etc.
  • Your submission must include your proposed audience profile, including: target group, age range of participants, whether they are Welsh or English speakers, their ethnicity/ies etc. For example: Welsh speaking mental health service users aged 16-25.

Deadline for applications: Monday 25 September 2017

Please Note: Applicants may be asked to attend an informal interview (which could be conducted via Skype). Knowledge of (or a strong desire to learn about) engaging with specific targeted groups will be essential for this project.

Successful applicants will be asked to attend a professional development training day in Cardiff or at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in Llanystumdwy, Gwynedd. Any cost incurred to attend this day should be included within your budget. Successful applicants (and delivery partners/practitioners if applicable) will also be required to have an enhanced DBS check.

For further information, contact Literature Wales Community Participation Manager, Mared Roberts, on:
post@literaturewales.org or 01766 522811 (Tŷ Newydd) / 029 2047 2266 (Cardiff).

Literature Wales