Since 2001, Arts Council England have been funding The Writing Squad, an initiative to help young writers in the North to develop their work through workshops and support from published writers. Great news if you're a young writer looking to network and build your skills; they're recruiting! If you're aged 16-21, live up North, and you want to get some mentoring for your next script, this would be a great opportunity to jump on - but be quick! They only recruit every two years, and the deadline for applications this year is Sunday 29th of March.
The best part? It's absolutely free; so long as you can get to their writing days (all in the North of England), have internet access (likely, if you're reading this post - unless someone handed you a printout), and a proven passion for writing (duh!), you're all set!
They provide support for screenwriters, but that's not all! If you're wanting to go beyond film, into play-writing, lyricism, poetry, prose, non-fiction, performance art, or even if you just want to experiment, you'll be welcome to join in! Alongside workshops led by industry professionals, you'll get the opportunity to work on projects, access to a community of writers and artists, and one-to-one support on your own work if you're ever feeling stuck - plus professional development support, so you can turn your passion in to a career.
Details on how to apply can be found here. So, if you're a passionate writer living up North, take the leap and get on board! Just remember - you've got until the 29th of March to apply. Good luck!
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