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If you’re based in South West England and you’re serious about your writing; if you’re ready for a year of mentoring, support and connection - then Word Space is the thing for you. It’s our new online annual talent development programme, running for twelve months from April 2022 - March 2023 and developing a group of up to 15 emerging writers from across the South West.

The Word Space offer

Word Space will be delivered online, as an exciting new digital programme which supports new writing, inclusivity and knowledge exchange in innovative ways. We are working on this with partners who share our focus on inclusive, diverse writer development opportunities, reaching out to underrepresented groups and to underserved, rural locations. The programme will create online spaces for you to collaborate and feedback as a group, adding to this ongoing one-to-one mentoring and the opportunity for shared performance.

Who is it for?

Word Space is for developing practitioners who are serious about their work and ready to take it to the next level. It will be open for submissions throughout December 2021 and January 2022, through an open call. The fee structure is significantly subsidised, with concessionary places and some additional bursary support available. If you are selected you will form the first ever cohort of Word Space. Read on to find out how to submit your application for this exciting new opportunity.

Word Space partners

We want Word Space to be for everyone. We’re working with five partners who share our focus on inclusive, diverse writer development opportunities, reaching out to underrepresented groups and to underserved, rural locations. They are: Dialect in Gloucestershire, Little Toller Books, Out on the Page, Speaking Volumes and The Bookery in Crediton. Our partnership will help to create a connected network of writer support and development for all applicants, including those who are not selected this time round. You can find out more about the partnership here.

Each of our partners will use the same selection criteria to nominate one participant for automatic inclusion in the group. Download ‘How to Apply’ below to find out more about these nominated places.

Deadline for applications: Midnight, 30th January 2022