We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for a digital literature practitioner, zine maker or book binder to take on a young writers’ zine-making commission for Quay Words 2020-22.

During this period of social-distancing and lockdown, we like many other events organisers, have adjusted our planned programme. We aim to respond to this challenge creatively, continuing to deliver access to literature for as wide an audience as possible and to build Quay Words as source of inspiration and opportunity for all.

Quay Words will be running a series of young writers’ zine-making days at Exeter Custom House for groups of up to 12 young people, utilising on-site desktop publishing software and delivered as a day of workshops by a zine-making practitioner. These days will include a strong creative writing workshop element, with participants supported to produce and create a zine showcasing their work by the end of the day.

For the first of these zine days, we are now seek a digital literature practitioner who can respond creatively to the challenge of delivering this commission virtually, to produce one zine made up of the work of up to 12 young people, to be shared on a digital platform.

We seek a digital practitioner to respond to the challenge of developing a zine-making day which can be conducted using online platforms. We would like the practitioner to develop a model for this which would be shared with Literature Works and could be used again.

We are very happy to discuss alternative formats and structures. We ask that the practitioner takes charge of curating the work – which could be a hand-made, physical product that can be reproduced and sent out, or could be an online document: PDF, Issuu or similar. We ask that thought is given to which platforms will be most suitable for sharing this content. We are interested in the potential for merging digital with ‘analogue’ content that may be hand-drawn or written. As such, it may be necessary for the practitioner to scan in, or convert this content for inclusion in the final zine. Literature Works can support collation of work from the participants – forwarding work by either post or email as appropriate.

The zine would be finalised and published subsequent to the interactive day, to a timescale agreed on acceptance of the commission.

We seek a practitioner who meets the following requirements:
– Can confidently produce a zine both editorially and by using online technology and relevant IT skills (supported by Literature Works)
– Has workshop experience and the ability to run interactive workshops online with up to 12 participants (technology will be supported by Literature Works)
– Can utilise workshop content to creatively respond to working collaboratively with the participants to produce and create the zine

If you’re interested in this opportunity, download the brief for further details about the opportunity and a suggested approach to the commission. We look forward to hearing from you.

Key dates
If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, please send no more than two sheets of A4 outlining your relevant experience and ideas about how to approach this commission.
Please email your applications to: customhouse@literatureworks.org.uk

Closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 29th May 2020, 5 pm.