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Spread the Word literature project development 1-2-1 surgeries

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The Albany

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Do you have a literature project idea? Want to talk to someone about how to take it forward? Spread the Word now offers free 1-2-1 project development sessions for London-based writers, literature producers and makers. These sessions will occur every month, and are part of Spread the Word’s commitment to supporting London writers and the literature scene to be as vibrant, engaging, skilled and representative as possible.

The content of 1-2-1s is writer-led and driven by the questions each writer brings. Topics often include:

  • dialogue around your literature ideas,
  • how you can shape these to achieve what you want to achieve (for example for your own artistic development or developing engagement projects),
  • developing your project,
  • opportunities and contexts for publishing or showcasing your writing,
  • funding,
  • marketing,
  • networking and
  • collaboration.

By the end of the session

You will have:

  • Met a member of the Spread the Word team,
  • Talked through your literature ideas,
  • Received advice and suggestions from the Spread the Word team about your project, including signposting you to useful places, people and organisations relevant to your work,
  • Have a plan of next steps to take to take your project forward.

Please note that these sessions are not feedback sessions for your writing.

When & where

There will be six 1-2-1 sessions a month, and each session will run for 45 minutes. You will be allocated a member of the team most suitable to your project and what you’d like to discuss.

Thursday 11 May 4pm – 7pm

Thursday 15 June 4pm – 7pm

Additional upcoming monthly dates will be updated on this Eventbrite page, on the Spread the Word website, will be advertised on our social media channels and in our monthly e-newsletter.

Sessions will be run at our offices at The Albany, Douglas Way, London, SE8 4AG.

How to book

Choose a time and date from the scheduled sessions that suits you best. When you are registering for your place here on Eventbrite, you will be asked to complete a few questions about you and your project and asked to email through up to 250 words about what you would like to discuss no later than one week in advance of your 1-2-1. If Spread the Word team members do not feel best placed to support you, we will let you know in advance and signpost you to relevant organisations who may be better suited to support you. You can only book for one session once every six months.

Sessions are led by:

Ruth Harrison, Director of Spread the Word

Ruth Harrison joined Spread the Word in 2015. Her working life has been in the field of the arts and particularly in literature. She has been Director of Apples and Snakes, a literature development officer and programme manager at The Reading Agency. She is passionate about not only widening people’s engagement with writers and writing but also in developing writing talent. Widening participation and engagement alongside developing and building awareness of new voices has been core to her work.

Ruth has previously been a trustee of Little Green Pig – a charity working to inspire children and young people to get creative with writing, sits on the steering committee for The Literary Platform’s Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and is part of the team developing EmpathyLab – a start-up using words and stories to build young people’s empathy skills.

At Spread the Word, Ruth is responsible for leading the company artistically and strategically and working with our highly skilled and dedicated team to make a difference to and for writers and their audiences in London.

Laura Kenwright, Communications and Projects Manager at Spread the Word

Laura joined Spread the Word in 2013. At the organisation, Laura manages the organisation’s communications and oversees a variety of mutli-partner projects, including the London Short Story Prize, City of Stories, Life Writing Prize and Flight 1000.

Laura has worked with a diverse range of audiences within the arts. After studying English Literature at Cardiff University, she gained an MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has produced live art, comedy and theatre shows in London, the London Short Story Festival in 2015 and numerous shows at the Edinburgh Festival.

She has also worked for Arts Award and Artsmark, The National Literacy Trust, as a local authority arts officer, a social care worker working with young asylum seekers and as a youth worker.

She is passionate about enabling access to high quality writing opportunities and nurturing writing and creative talent.

She has judged writing prizes including the UCL Publishers’ Prize and Warwick University young people’s Shakespeare writing competition, written forewords and edited poetry and short story anthologies. In her spare time she pursues her own fiction, script and poetry writing and loves alternative comedy.

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