Arvon bursary opportunity for performance writers interested in facilitating creative writing

Calling young writers of poetry, theatre, or performance, 18 to 28 living in South Yorkshire and interested in developing skills in facilitation and the teaching of creative writing.

Hive has teamed up with national creative writing charity, Arvon, to offer two 90% bursaries for two young writers living in South Yorkshire to attend the Fire in the Flint five day writing residential at the amazing Lumb Bank Writing Centre in West Yorkshire from Monday 4th to Saturday 9th December. The cost of the course in full is £500.

This residential week is an exciting opportunity to focus on your own writing practice alongside developing your skills as a workshop leader and facilitator of writing for theatre, poetry or performance. The course will offer a combination of writing workshops aimed at generating new work of your own and sessions focused on developing your skills as a creative writing teacher and facilitator. There will be workshops, group activities, one-to-one tutorials and some time for personal writing. The week will be led by writers, Amanda Dalton and Jacob Sam-La Rose, who are among the most widely-experienced creative writing facilitators in the country.

Eligibility
This residential week is open to writers who are based in the North of England and who have a strong desire to develop their skills in facilitation and the teaching of creative writing. They must have:

  • A genuine interest in working with schools and/or communities
  • A commitment to develop their socially engaged practice facilitating theatre, poetry and performance projects with marginalised and underrepresented groups
  • A willingness to learn and a commitment to reflecting on their practice
  • An appreciation/understanding of creativity and the creative process and a genuine interest in how to support others to develop their creativity and writing
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusive practice

The course focuses on developing skills in facilitating writing for theatre, poetry or performance. We are particularly keen to hear from writers from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups.

Interested?
You can find out more details about the course on the following link but please note, this bursary application process, via Hive South Yorkshire, is slightly different to the application pathway on the link, and the deadline here is midnight 1st November. See How to apply below for the details of applying via Hive. More about Fire in the Flint can be found here.

How to apply:
To apply please send the following information to arvon@hivesouthyorkshire.com by midnight 1st November (not 30th which is the deadline via the Arvon link)
Sample of writing: Please send up to 5 sides of A4 of your creative writing or equivalent length video.
Contact details: Your full name, postal address and email address.
You will also need to confirm that you are free and able to attend the course from 4.30pm on Monday 4th December to 10am on Saturday 9 December.
Personal statement: Up to 500 words, telling us a little about yourself, and explaining what you hope to get from the course, both for your own writing and for developing your own skills as a workshop leader.

Note: the bursary is for £450 of the course fee. The participant would pay £50 plus travel to and from Lumb Bank near Hebden Bridge West Yorkshire (estimated £10-£15 by train)

Arvon is a national creative writing charity that produces residential and city-based creative writing courses and retreats for schools, groups and individuals. Founded in 1968, many of the UK’s most prominent writers have taught on Arvon courses, including Carol Ann Duffy, Malorie Blackman and Simon Armitage. www.arvon.org