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Northern Writers' Awards Roadshow: Hull
Sat 21 November 2015, 12:00 – 16:00 GMT
Established in 2000 by New Writing North, the Northern Writers’ Awards are the UK’s leading talent development programme for writers.
The awards support both new and established writers to develop their work towards publication and to progress their careers as writers. For new writers, winning a Northern Writers’ Award can help to connect you to the publishing industry and to develop your work towards publication; for established writers, awards can help to buy time to write to support the development of new work and offer creative opportunities.
In association with Hull University, New Writing North is running an afternoon of seminars for writers. Join us for the full afternoon, or select a session.
Writing for Radio (12-1pm): Sue Roberts, the Editor of BBC Radio 3’s The Verb and Audio BBC Radio 3 and 4, will lead a discussion on writing for radio at the BBC. Sue will discuss what radio drama is and what the BBC is looking to commission. She will give you the lowdown on how to get work commissioned, and will also discuss the potential for cross-platform projects and more experimental approaches to creating work for radio.
Writing for Television (1.30-2.30pm): Writers Nuzhat Ali and Sharma Walfall will discuss their first steps and experiences so far on the Northumbria University/Channel 4 Writing for Television bursaries and give advice on how to prepare your work for this award opportunity. They will be joined by television writer Lisa Holdsworth, who has written for Fat Friends, Emmerdale, New Tricks, Waterloo Road and Robin Hood.
Writing Fiction and Poetry (2.45-3.45pm): Two previous Northern Writers’ Awards winners, children’s novelist Chloe Daykin and poet Zaffar Kunial, will discuss how novelists and poets can approach applying for an award and how to develop a career in writing and publishing. They will be joined by Mark Stanton, a literary agent with Jenny Brown Associates. Mark represents writers from an array of genres including: literary fiction, crime and thrillers and non-fiction – particularly in the areas of sport and popular culture.
Grants for the Arts sessions (30-minute slots 12.30-3.30pm): Also available on the day will be 30-minute one-to-one sessions with Arts Council England Relationship Managers, Oliver Bliss and Alison Boyle, who will be able to advise writers on prospective project funding from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme. Arts Council England is particularly keen to see innovative literature ideas that incorporate sound and other media, including digital, but all enquiries are welcome.
Please note, these one-to-one sessions cannot be booked on Eventbrite. If you are interested in signing up to a half-hour surgery, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a one-paragraph outline of your proposal.