Sector Opportunities

Time to Write: Support for Writers

Time to Write is a group of commissions from Paper Nations that aim to help writers struggling to develop their writing or have their voices heard.

Time to Write will support 5-10 writers living in Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire or Wiltshire from February to September 2020. Time to Write will provide small commissions (up to £1,000 each) for writers who struggle to find time to work on a piece of writing, who need help developing their writing craft, or who want support to access opportunities within the writing and publishing community. Deadline for applications: 5th of January 2020 at midnight

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Writers can face many obstacles such as finding time and space to write, accessing writing mentors, receiving advice from professionals in the writing industry or accessing events and workshops that help develop writers’ voices.

Time to Write will support 5-10 writers living in Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire or Wiltshire from February to September 2020. Time to Write will provide small commissions (up to £1,000 each) for writers who struggle to find time to work on a piece of writing, who need help developing their writing craft, or who want support to access opportunities within the writing and publishing community.

 

The Commissions

Paper Nations is offering four types of commissions. Writers can apply for one type of support or a combination.

Time to Write Scholarship: Writers can apply for a small monetary commission that will remove the barriers to writing by – for example – paying for time off work to write, paying for transport to attend a writers’ group, or by supporting the costs of childcare so that a writer has time and space to work. Writers can apply for up to £1,000 each in seed funding. There is no lower limit and we encourage writers to apply for funds to cover anything that will remove a barrier.

Craft Support: Writers can apply to receive mentoring and a sponsored place on a 2020 Dare to Write? Academy programme with a published writer. This commission is a valuable opportunity to get one-on-one help with one’s writing from an expert, as well as an insider understanding of the writing industry.

Career Support: Writers can apply to receive mentoring and a sponsored place on a 2020 Dare to Write? Academy Habit Camp. This commission will help the applicant plan a creative project for the coming year and/or develop a proposal for funding.

Network Commission: Writers can apply for an events pass, gaining free access to a range of networking and speaker events provided in collaboration with the Dare to Write? Academy. This commission will help the applicant develop their professional writing and creative networks.

Please note: Writers are not guaranteed to receive the full amount for which they apply.

Who Can Apply?

Paper Nations believes that everyone, no matter their background or experience, deserves the opportunity to write. This commission will help writers to find the time, space, and money they need.

Paper Nations are particularly looking for writers from groups or backgrounds that are underrepresented in writing and publishing, such as writers of colour, working class writers, writers from areas of rural or coastal deprivation, writers who have experienced homelessness, refugee writers, writers in the LGBTQ+ communities, writers who have survived abuse, disabled writers, and writers with chronic health conditions.

Writers don’t have to be published or experienced – they just have to be serious in their commitment to writing, be able to share a sample of it with Paper Nations, and be able to demonstrate that the commission will help them do things they might otherwise struggle to achieve or complete.

Applicants need to live in upper South-West England (Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire). Paper Nations are particularly keen to hear from writers in and around Weston-super-Mare. They also welcome applications from other parts of the region that experience socio-economic disadvantage, such as Twerton or Whiteway in Bath, and Midsomer Norton or Trowbridge in Wiltshire.

Applicants must be aged 16 or over.

How to Apply

Applications are currently open and will close on the 5th of January 2020 at midnight. Please follow this link and scroll down to the bottom of the page fill in the Google Form application and to download further information sheets: Time to Write

Successful applicants will be announced in January 2020. Writing projects and other activities funded through the commissions need to be completed by the end of September 2020.

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