For many writers, engaging with children and young people is an integral part of their work and an opportunity to inspire the next generation of writers.
School for Writers is a three-day training course for writers who want to engage with schools, libraries and cultural and community venues to deliver workshops for children and young people.
The course will help you to increase your knowledge about schools, the curriculum and educational practices; develop the skills to deliver creative, relevant and engaging sessions for children and young people; and support you in establishing your offer, marketing and further opportunities for development.
During the three days, you will have the opportunity to work with writers who regularly deliver workshops for children, an organisation working with writers locally and schools. We will support you to develop and deliver a practical activity in a classroom.
In 2018, The National Literacy Trust will be delivering the course in London (June and July), Bristol (September) and Leeds (October).
There are 12 places available on the programme in each of the three locations. The programme has been subsidised by Arts Council England so that the cost of the training is £350 to participating writers, which includes the three day training programme, training materials, lunch and refreshments on all three days, membership of the National Literacy Trust, access to exclusive Arvon resources for writers and the opportunity to be matched with a local school to practise your workshop.
The course has been developed in partnership by the National Literacy Trust, Arvon, BookTrust and The Reading Agency.
There is a bursary available which would cover the full cost of the course for two writers.
The National Literacy Trust are particularly keen to hear from writers from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups.
In order for them to consider your application, you have to have had at least one of your own works published. For poets, this means one collection rather than inclusion in an anthology.
In your application form, please explain why you are interested in this course. Participants are expected to have:
A genuine interest in working with schools and/or communities
A willingness to learn and a commitment to reflecting on their practice
An enthusiasm for supporting children and young people to develop their creativity, writing and love of reading
A commitment to diversity and inclusive practice