Creative writing incubator Paper Nations has today launched the Writing Producers’ Scheme, which aims to mentor anyone with a concept for or a writing initiative. They are looking for writers, writing educators, and anyone who works in support of the writing community who has great ideas for creative writing initiatives that they wish to expand or get off the ground.

Through the Writing Producers’ Scheme, Paper Nations will enable writing producers to develop their concepts and write funding proposals.

‘People often have great creative ideas for projects but they don’t know how to get these ideas financed. Or, perhaps you already have some finances in place but need support to expand an idea or make it sustainable,’ Bambo Soyinka, Executive Development Producer at Paper Nations said. ‘The Producers’ Scheme will help creative projects to come to life and get people writing in the region.’

The scheme is part of Paper Nations’ Writing for All strategy, which is working to make creative writing more accessible to everyone and turn the upper South-West (Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire) into a region for writing.

‘We want to transform the upper South-West into a place for writers,’ said Professor Soyinka. ‘To do that, we need to support grassroots initiatives, particularly those created by under-represented writers. That’s why we’ve launched the Writing Producers’ Scheme.’

Paper Nations invites anyone with an idea or an existing initiative to apply. Successful applicants will receive a sponsored 1-2-1 mentoring session and free places on some Paper Nations courses and events, provided in collaboration with the Dare to Write? Academy. More information is available on their website.

The application process is live and and runs until midday on Thursday 12th March, 2020. Applications will be judged by a pool of experienced writers and educators.


Paper Nations is especially keen to hear from working class writers, black and ethnic minorities, writers from areas of rural or coastal deprivation, writers who have experienced homelessness, refugee writers, writers in the LGBTQ+ communities, writers who have survived abuse, disabled writers, and writers with chronic health conditions.

Applicants must be based and work in the upper South-West (Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire) and must be aged 18 or over.