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Punchdrunk seeking writer (paid)

Punchdrunk International is looking for a Writer to join an R&D team developing a new digital theatre project.

This individual will be an exceptional writer and maker in the creative industries, with experience in theatrical, immersive, gaming or digital projects.

The role will join the Punchdrunk creative team on developing a new production, with a particular emphasis on writing and dramaturgical work.

How to apply: find out more and apply here.

This is a paid post

Deadline: 6 March 2019 

Source: Arts Council Jobs

WHQ seeking Writers’ Retreat Rep (paid, Carlisle)

WHQ NEEDS YOU! They are looking for someone to run their Carlisle Writers’ Retreat.  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.

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.
  • 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.

Further details:                                                                     

  • This is a freelance position.
  • They pay £80 per retreat.
  • They expect you to participate in some marketing outside of retreat days. This mostly involves posting daft gifs on Facebook so hopefully they’re not unreasonable about that.
  • They will give you full training to set up and run one of our famous one-day, procrastination-busting writing retreats.

Important dates:

  • They’re going to launch the retreat in May.
  • If successful, you will need to attend a training day on 23 March in Edinburgh.
  • Skype interviews will take place from w/c 25 February.

How to apply: email alexarh@writershq.co.uk for more information.

Deadline: 20 February 2019

Source: Arts Council Jobs

London Playwrights’ Blog is looking for an Editor!

Are you a keen blogger with a flair for creating original content? Are you interested in supporting emerging playwrights? Then we want to hear from you!

London Playwrights’ Workshop is seeking an Editor to oversee and expand the original content put out on London Playwrights’ Blog.

The post is ideally suited to an experienced content writer/ blogger with a passion for new writing, who would like to gain experience of taking on the responsibility of an Editorial role. Whilst you don’t have to be a playwright to apply, you’ll need to have an in-depth knowledge of the challenges emerging writers face, so that you can create engaging content for our readers.

About the job: The Editor will take a leadership role in programming and delivering all creative content for the London Playwrights Blog website.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Designing and executing an editorial calendar of original content.
  • Commissioning original content, liaising with writers to ensure content is delivered and editing their work.
  • Working closely with the London Playwrights’ Blog team, you’ll be expected to produce your own original content and respond to the needs and interests of our online readers, and to create content which supports projects we are running.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking for the opportunity to put their own stamp on the editorial voice of a digital publication.

Key skills: Previous experience of writing original content is essential.

  • The right candidate will have excellent editing skills and a sharp eye for detail, as well as the creative vision required to deliver engaging content that is consistent with our brand.
  • You must be highly motivated and to be able to work to tight deadlines.
  • You’ll also need excellent communication skills in order to work well as part of our team and the content writers you will be looking after.
  • Previous experience of WordPress or other blogging software is necessary.
  • An affinity for design and ability to use images and graphics effectively in their content would be highly desirable.

You must be 18 or older to apply for this role.

What you’ll get out of it: 

  • This post is unpaid, but you will get the opportunity to gain hands on experience in an Editorial role and to take on a high level of responsibility.
  • The opportunity to put your creative stamp on LPB content and help steer the future direction of the blog.
  • Access to a dedicated readership numbering of thousands.
  • Experience commissioning content and working with other writers.
  • A new platform for your own writing on London Playwrights’ Blog.
  • An opportunity to expand your professional network, both online and through LPB events.
  • First-hand experience working closely with the founders at a non-profit arts startup.
  • The chance to make a genuine difference to people in the new writing community.
  • Free membership to London Playwrights’ Workshop and free places on any workshops we run during your time in the post.

Hours/Duration:  4-6 hours per week (approx).  The hours are flexible and designed to work around other professional and personal commitments, as the majority of the work can be completed from home. As long as deadlines are met, you can work when you please!

We are looking for someone who can commit to the role for at least six months and preferably someone who wants to make the role ‘their own’ and work with us on a permanent basis.

Payment: unpaid. Work on our blog is currently unpaid and this also applies to this role. 

What to submit:  Please send us:

  • Your CV
  • A cover letter explaining why you’re interested in working with LPB and why you think you’re right for the role
  • Three links to previous work/clippings demonstrating your experience
  • Details of a referee who can speak to your capabilities and strengths in creating high quality work

Please also include an equal opportunities monitoring form if you are comfortable supplying this information.  (Why do we ask for this information? Click if you’re curious!)

How to apply: Send your application materials to jobs@londonplaywrightsblog.com, including the job title in the email subject.

Deadline: Thursday 28 February 2019 at midnight

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Graeae seeking Literary Administrator

This is a perfect job for someone with an interest in seeing the work of D/deaf and disabled writers better represented on stage. You will be supporting Graeae’s lauded, highly-connected training programme, Write to Play, and will be the first point of contact for writers wishing to submit scripts for consideration.

The job is 3 days per week for a 12 month fixed term contract.

How to apply: find out more and apply here

Deadline: 4 February 2019 at 10am

Source: @Playwriting_UK

London Playwrights’ Workshop: we are looking for an intern!

Interested in joining our team? We want to hear from you!

London Playwrights Workshop is seeking an intern to support our work on both our blog and members’ site. The post is ideally suited to an emerging writer who is interested in broadening their knowledge of the new writing scene and gaining hands on experience in working in a theatre non-profit.

About the job: The role will focus on supporting the day to day running of the organisation including proof reading site content, posting on social media, helping us to source opportunities, and assisting us in delivering new content for our members.

For a person with the right interests and experience, there may also be opportunities to write additional content for our site and to become involved with some of the exciting projects we’ve got coming up in the next few months.

What we are looking for: as a small team, we’re used to turning our hands to all the necessary tasks involved with a running a start-up company and we’re seeking someone who is enthusiastic about getting stuck in!

We’re looking for someone with a keen interest in playwriting and the new writing industry, although you do not need to have worked in this area before.

You must be 18 or older to apply for this role.

Key Skills:

  • Confident writing skills (including excellent spelling and grammar)
  • Reliable personality
  • Able to work to deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proactive and able to work independently
  • Able to follow a writing style guide

What you’ll get out of it: 

  • Training in how to blog and use WordPress software
  • Your byline included on any posts you write for London Playwrights’ Blog
  • Excellent knowledge of the new writing landscape in London
  • Firsthand experience of working in a theatre non-profit
  • The opportunity to develop your skills in a hands on way within a small company
  • Free LPB membership!

Hours/Duration:  6-8 hours per week (approx).  The hours are flexible and designed to work around other professional and personal commitments, as the majority of the work can be completed from home. As long as deadlines are met, you can work when you please!

The role requires a four month commitment to the blog, from mid November 2018 to mid March 2019.  Whilst we don’t ask you to give up your life during this time, we do ask that you can make a commitment to the four month period.

Payment: This post is unpaid as the core running of the company is done on a voluntary basis.

How to apply:  Please send us:

How to apply: Send your application materials to jobs@londonplaywrightsblog.com, including the job title in the email subject. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at this address.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a telephone interview during the w/c 5 November 2018.

Deadline: 31 October 2018

Souce: LPB

Writing East Midlands seeking lead writers for ‘The Elder Tree’ project (paid)

Writing East Midlands is the writer development agency for the region and supports, promotes and champions writing from the East Midlands.  They are currently seeking resident writers for their project, the Elder Tree.

Writer in Residence Brief: 

12 positions available in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, rural parts of Lincolnshire, Corby and Leicester.

Writing East Midlands is looking for writers and workshop facilitators, with experience of and a strong interest in working with older people, community based work and writing for health and wellbeing to work with us on a new and exciting project, The Elder Tree.

This position requires a time commitment of one session per week (2 hours each) of up to 10 sessions, though these sessions could be taken fortnightly depending on the host venue’s needs. There the allowance for one Planning Day, and all successful applicants who have taken part in the Elder Tree associated training days will get this reimbursed upon project commencement. There is flexibility around timescales due to the requirements of the lead writer and the partner groups, but it is envisioned that the project will have a staggered start from 2019.

A fee of up to £2100 is available for the planning and delivery of residency workshops (£175 per workshop for up to 10 workshops, plus one planning day and one editing day).

Please note, due to location and project needs, it may be possible that successful applicants are awarded more than one residency location. Please state on your application which locations you would be interested in working in.

About Elder Tree

Writing East Midlands three-year project, the Elder Tree will empower groups of older people across the East Midlands to create new work stimulated by museums, archives, heritage spaces, and professional writers. As part of Writing East Midlands wider interest in evidencing how literature can make social change, The Elder Tree, will evaluate ‘how participating in creative writing activity affect feelings of social isolation and wellbeing in older people’ and inform our, and our partner’s, future work.

How to apply: for a full job description and brief, please visit the website.

Deadline: 14 October 2018

Source: Arts Council Jobs page

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