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Southwark Playhouse seeking writing workshop facilitators (paid)

As part of Southwark Council’s Black History Month celebrations in October 2019, Southwark Playhouse is recruiting two writers to lead on an exciting creative writing project with young people in our community.

Each working with a primary school class in Elephant and Castle, the writers will lead six weekly workshops. These will focus on the basic skills of writing for the stage, with the aim being that at the end of the process the students will have written their own short (or ‘micro’) plays.

Southwark Council’s theme for BHM 2018 is “70 years on from the docking of the Empire Windrush: the continuing story told through creative media”, and so students’ plays will respond to this theme.

The plays will then be performed at Southwark Playhouse by professional actors as staged readings, in front of the students, an invited audience, and the general public.

They are looking for two writers to lead on this project, who have experience of working with young people, and leading workshops on writing for the stage. We would particularly be interested in hearing from writers from BAME backgrounds, or who have specific understanding of Windrush/ migration from the Caribbean.

Workshops will take place weekly between early September and mid-October, with the final performances on Thursday 18 October. Writers will also be expected to edit the students’ scripts for performance, in conjunction with the director.

How to apply: email David Workman for more information at  david.workman@southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

Deadline: 10 August 2018

Source: Arts Council Jobs

The Old Vic: The Florence Kleiner Bursary open for applications from female directors

*This one’s for the directors out there!

The Old Vic are delighted to announce the Florence Kleiner Bursary which will support an emerging female Director based outside of London.

The £12,000 bursary will encompass a year-long attachment to The Old Vic, beginning with the recipient’s appointment as Baylis Assistant Director to Emma Rice on the upcoming Season 4 Production of Wise Children. Throughout the year, the recipient will receive:

  • Mentoring from experienced professionals throughout Matthew Warchus’ fourth season at The Old Vic
  • Invitations via the Connect network to build connections with like-minded theatre makers
  • Opportunities to take part in production workshops
  • Facilitator roles on Old Vic Education programmes
  • Opportunities to assist on The Old Vic One Voice monologues and other supporting programming

More details: the bursary will run from Sep 2018 – Aug 2019 and theyhope it will allow an emerging female Director to take up a position at The Old Vic who, due to financial barriers or other socio-economic factors, would not ordinarily seek out the role.

The bursary of £12,000 will be for one year and will be offered for living expenses in addition to the fee for the Baylis Assistant Director and any other paid work throughout the year.

How to apply: take a look at the job description and send a CV and a one page cover letter detailing your relevant experience (please highlight any previous projects which you feel have particular relevance to this scheme) to Mirain Jones, Production Coordinator – artists@oldvictheatre.com.

If you are eligible for the Florence Kleiner Bursary please note this within your application.

Deadline: 23 July 2018 at 5pm 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Manchester Writers’ Retreat Rep Needed for Writers’ HQ

“WHQ NEEDS YOU! It is finally time for us to venture north and bring our procrastination-busting Writers’ Retreats past the Watford Gap, starting with Manchester.”

Their ideal candidate will be an early career writer who is looking to branch out into teaching/facilitating, who is approachable, professional, lively and fun, and has interesting things to say about writing. Bonus points for a love of the Shakespeare-old literary tradition of inventing innovative swear words.

They are looking for someone to:

  • Facilitate their monthly writing retreat in Manchester (full training given)
  • Promote the retreat via social media, networking and other channels
  • Have an Internet connection and laptop, be familiar enough with WordPress to update your own event listings (with training, natch), and to not run screaming from social media.

You need to be:

  • An early career writer with a publishing history (doesn’t have to be a major publishing history. A handful of short stories here and there is fine).
  • Able to run one retreat every month on a Saturday or a Sunday.
  • Be technologically literate enough to: exist on social media, update events in WordPress, use Slack, generally be aware of this new fangled Internet thing and how it works. This is essential. If you’re thinking ‘oh I can learn that stuff’ but are not already doing that stuff, then sorry this position is not for you. We can’t be doing with no eggs messing up our sweet, sweet stylings.

Pay: this is a freelance position. They pay £80 per retreat plus commission depending on attendee numbers.

“We expect you to participate in some marketing outside of retreat days. This mostly involves posting daft gifs on Facebook so hopefully we’re not unreasonable about that. We will give you full training to set up and run one of our famous one-day, procrastination-busting writing retreats.”

How to apply: go here to find out more and apply.

Deadline: 20 July 2018

Source: Arts Council Jobs Page

Leeds Writers’ Retreat Rep Needed for WHQ (paid)

“WHQ NEEDS YOU! It is finally time for us to venture north and bring our procrastination-busting Writers’ Retreats past the Watford Gap, starting with Manchester.”

Their ideal candidate will be an early career writer who is looking to branch out into teaching/facilitating, who is approachable, professional, lively and fun, and has interesting things to say about writing. Bonus points for a love of the Shakespeare-old literary tradition of inventing innovative swear words.

They are looking for someone to:

  • Facilitate their monthly writing retreat in Manchester (full training given)
  • Promote the retreat via social media, networking and other channels
  • Have an Internet connection and laptop, be familiar enough with WordPress to update your own event listings (with training, natch), and to not run screaming from social media.

You need to be:

  • An early career writer with a publishing history (doesn’t have to be a major publishing history. A handful of short stories here and there is fine).
  • Able to run one retreat every month on a Saturday or a Sunday.
  • Be technologically literate enough to: exist on social media, update events in WordPress, use Slack, generally be aware of this new fangled Internet thing and how it works. This is essential. If you’re thinking ‘oh I can learn that stuff’ but are not already doing that stuff, then sorry this position is not for you. We can’t be doing with no eggs messing up our sweet, sweet stylings.

Pay: this is a freelance position. They pay £80 per retreat plus commission depending on attendee numbers.

“We expect you to participate in some marketing outside of retreat days. This mostly involves posting daft gifs on Facebook so hopefully we’re not unreasonable about that. We will give you full training to set up and run one of our famous one-day, procrastination-busting writing retreats.”

How to apply: go here to find out more and apply.

Deadline: 20 July 2018

Source: Arts Council Jobs Page

Buxton Museum seeking artists and writers for commission (paid)

Buxton Museum has been open to visitors for 125 years. In that time it has told the story of the Peak District to thousands of people.

To celebrate, and as a result of a successful Arts Council application they are looking to commission four emerging, contemporary artists, writers or performers to make new work using digital technology to connect their collection with its roots in the Peak District landscape.

Each commission is worth £5000 with extra to digitize your work.

“We are looking for artists who can demonstrate a good track record of using digital technology to engage audiences. We want the work you make to exist in the Peak District landscape on a temporary basis and online, accessible via our digital platform www.wondersofthepeak.org.uk

You will make a new piece of work. You will be supported by our staff and volunteers and you will help us shape an artist-run engagement program filling the museum with the sound of young performers. Together, we will engage 125,000 people from across the UK, 75% of whom will be new to the museum.”

How to apply: For full brief and details of how to apply please contact info@kidologyworkshops.co.uk

Deadline: 28 May 2018

Source: Arts Council Jobs

University of Worcester seeking playwright for commission (paid)

The University of Worcester (UW) Theatre and Film Department, is looking for an inspiring playwright or playwrights to collaborate with our MTheatre students on the creation of two new plays to be performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2019.

MTheatre in Touring Theatre is The University of Worcester’s unique 4 year Integrated Masters in Touring Theatre (MTheatre Touring Theatre) aims to give students the skills and experience they need to establish themselves as independent makers of touring theatre.

The Project : In 2019, the MTheatre students will be heading to the Edinburgh Fringe to perform two new plays approximately 45 minutes in length in repetition, for the duration of the Festival. This production forms a core part of their third and fourth year studies and they are looking for experienced playwrights to collaborate with the students on the creation of those plays. Further information on the requirements are available on the website.

Payment: The maximum budget available for each LOT (commission) is £3,000. This is inclusive of all drafting, workshop and rehearsal attendance plus any associated travel and accommodation costs. The exception to this  is for of visits to the University agreed within the Production Schedule (see Terms & Conditions), when travel expenses will be paid at the standard University rate.

Writers may apply for either or both of these opportunities. If you have a preference please indicate this in your application. They are looking for emerging talent playwrights who have had at least one full-length play professionally produced. They are particularly interested in writers who may have similar experience of creating work in a university or drama school context, through collaborative processes.

How to apply: The University of Worcester uses an e-tendering system and tenderers should respond to the  brief and submit their proposal in English using the University’s In-Tend portal.

If you experience any technical difficulties please contact the Purchasing team on 01905 542896 or on purchasing@worc.ac.uk

For questions about the creative aspects of the commission, please email Jane George j.george@worc.ac.uk .

Deadline: 23 May 2018

Source: Arts Council Jobs

Writing West Midlands seeking workshop leaders (paid and volunteer positions available)

Writing West Midlands have vacancies for workshop leaders and assistants for their Spark Young Writers project. The vacancies span across the region, including Birmingham, Worcester, Evesham, Coventry and Stoke on Trent

Writing West Midlands runs the largest programme of creative writing activities for young people in the country.

They have two roles available:

Creative Writing Workshop Leader: 

They are looking for established writers to help inspire the next generation of creative writers. You will lead one of their Spark Young Writers groups for 10 monthly sessions (2 hours per session), with the help of a volunteer Assistant Writer. Their groups are limited to 15 participants in libraries, museums and art galleries around the West Midlands. Their groups are for young people between the ages of 7 – 11, 10 – 15 and 12 – 17.

Fee: £105 per session, plus reasonable travel expenses.

Creative Writing Workshop Assistant: 

They are looking for emerging writers to help inspire the next generation of creative writers. You will help lead one of their Spark Young Writers groups for 10 monthly sessions (2 hours per session), under the guidance of a professional writer.

Fee: This post is unpaid but they will pay reasonable travel expenses

Details for applicants: 

Interview dates: 10th and 11th May.

Compulsory training session: Saturday 21st July.

How to apply:  Complete the online application form and upload a CV to demonstrate your suitability for the post. Full details available on the website.

Deadline: None posted but interviews take place on 10/11 May 2018

Source: @PlaywritingUK

The Dot Collective seeking playwrights for community collaboration One Hundred Trillion (paid)

The Dot Collective is a professional theatre company and registered charity that creates and provides professional theatre to those living with dementia, the elderly and those in care.

They are developing new plays in collaboration with dementia groups in South London for 2018. The project is called One Hundred Trillion based on the fact that there are 100 trillion synapses in the brain and signals that form memories and thoughts move through an individual nerve cell as a tiny electrical charge and the nerve cells connect to one another at synapses. In a similar way to how the brain functions, this project will provide those signals through theatrical workshops with those living in care and connect those living with dementia to the arts.

The project will create new, short plays in collaboration with those living with dementia. They are looking for 4 playwrights to join their team in May/June 2018. Their team will consist of a Director, workshop leader, actor and playwright who will be running storytelling, creative writing and theatrical workshops with dementia groups. They will assign a playwright to a dementia group and over 4 weeks together will develop 4 new short plays to be published and performed. Playwrights will be remunerated for their time in the workshops.

What to submit / how to apply:  To apply, please contact laura@thedotcollective.com with the following guidelines:

  • a short cover letter explaining why you wish to work with those living with dementia/the elderly and any similar experience you have.
  • a short play or extract of your work (no more than 10mins)
  • Must be a UK resident
  • Must be available in May/June

Fees:  Playwrights will be paid a fee of £30/workshop session and £300 for development of the short play.

Deadline: 15th April 2018

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Gladstone’s Library seeking Writers in Residence (covers expenses and £100/wk honorarium)

Now seeking applicants for its seventh year, Gladstone’s Library’s competitive Writer in Residence programme provides space and resources for four writers whose work engages with liberal values. By liberal values, we do not mean views aligned with any one political ideology, but rather:

  • a commitment to freedom and social justice;
  • tolerance and respect of difference;
  • open-mindedness coupled with intellectual curiosity;
  • generosity of spirit and a willingness to learn from others.

About the library:  Founded by William Ewart Gladstone in 1894, the Library is committed to maintaining his legacy of engagement with social, moral and ethical questions. It does not claim to provide any of the answers but it does offer a comfortable, sociable and stimulating environment so that answers may be found. unparalleled resources for creative study including renowned collections of historical, cultural, theological and political materials: 32,000 books came from Gladstone’s own library, many containing annotations made by Gladstone himself. We know from his diaries that Gladstone read on average five books a week – any applicants can be sure that the Library has something to offer them. The connections Gladstone made between the various disciplines he collected helped shape his form of liberalism.

About the programme:  Through reflection and writing during their stay, Writers in Residence help redefine liberal values for the 21st Century. Their engagement might be critical, supportive or merely observant. Gladstone was a polymath with interests ranging widely across religion, history, social justice and politics from Classical times to what was, for him, contemporary culture. The scope of these four residencies is equally wide and we welcome fiction and non-fiction writers.

Gladstone’s Library is unique. It is the only residential library in the United Kingdom. It provides a meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals. The Residency programme is designed to share the Library’s benefits with as many people as we can, broadening the Library’s audience and benefiting from their perspectives in turn. The Library welcomes all, regardless of gender, race, class, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. All Writers in Residence will be at ease with this inclusive ethos.

Dates and places:  Four places will be awarded to writers working in the English language. The proposed dates of the tenures are February, May, September and November 2018. They like to support writers as best we can and we know that many cannot simply abscond from regular life for a month. Residencies can therefore be taken in two two-week blocks, and residencies of a single fortnight will also be considered. They are also flexible with dates. Please indicate the length and suggested date of Residency on your application.

Writers at all stages of their career should feel able to apply for Residency. They are proud to say that Residencies have supported some of the finest writers in the English language, whether they won for their seventeenth book or their first.

What you get:

  • Accommodation in an ensuite room for a period of four consecutive weeks;
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and refreshments (telephone calls, alcoholic drinks, packaged snacks and formal Afternoon Tea are not included);
  • Travel expenses to and from the Library at the start and end of the residency (HMRC mileage allowance or standard bus/train fares within the UK);
  • An honorarium of £100.00 per week.

Residency requirements:

  • Attend the official London prizewinning ceremony in October
  • Participate, where possible, in any other publicity events held before or after their residency;
  • Respond to media/press enquiries as appropriate and by prior agreement with the library’s warden, Peter Francis;
  • Submit two blog posts to the Gladstone’s Library website;
  • Lead a creative writing workshop to not more than twenty participants;
  • Give an evening talk about any aspect of their writing and/or creative life;
  • Abide by the normal terms and conditions for guests staying at Gladstone’s Library.

What to submit:  

  • a one page CV / biography;
  • a copy of the book they would like the judges to consider;
  • a 250-word statement about their take on (re)defining ‘liberal values’;
  • 250 words on the work that they plan to do at the Library;
  • a 250-word proposal for an evening event and day masterclass;
  • the length and suggested dates of their residency.

How to apply:  Please be sure to read the full terms and conditions before applying.

Submissions should be sent to Louisa Yates, Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF.

Deadline: Monday 30 April 2018 (postmark deadline)

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Workshop Leader sought for Sci-Fi Theatre Workshops (£80 fee)

Cyborphic is seeking a workshop leader experienced with any aspect of science fiction theatre to deliver one of four workshops of the 1st Science Fiction Theatre Research Lab, 21-24 May 2018.

This workshop series aims to cover writing, performing and directing science fiction for the stage.

The workshop series will take place in central London and the other three workshop leaders have already been decided.

Fee:  The successful applicant will be paid an £80 fee to deliver a 2 hour workshop (plus expenses) on one of the above dates.

What to submit/ How to apply: To apply please send an expression of interest highlighting your professional experience with the genre to cyborphic (at) gmail (dot) com.

Deadline: 15 April 2018

Source:  Direct contact