Free Writers seeking writers (including playwrights) to facilitate workshops with 11-18 year olds (paid)


Free Writers is a new core Rewrite project for young people aged 11 to 18. They have just completed a pilot phase  and will be developing the project over the next year. The programme aims to bring together young people from different cultural and national backgrounds to develop their creative writing skills, tackle relevant social, cultural and global issues and offer a platform for participants to share their work. The programme actively aims to promote new literary voices (including those from marginalised backgrounds) and offer access to other literary institutions and opportunities. Free Writers also work with those who are most alienated from literacy and literature to support their learning and help them engage and thrive in educational environments.

They are looking for an exceptional individual, with proven success of working with young people from diverse backgrounds, to guide this group into its new phase.

Person Specification:

  • Professional experience as a writer (poetry, including spoken word, prose, playwriting) i.e. published or staged work for public audiences
  • Extensive experience (3 years or more) of working with young people from diverse backgrounds, including gifted and talented young people, those with English as an Additional Language and those who find literacy and literature difficult or disenfranchising
  • Demonstrable interest and/or experience in using the arts to challenge prejudice and injustice
  • A sound knowledge of the contemporary literary scene, including writing for young people
  • Qualification in English literature / language / creative writing or a teaching qualification (desirable)
  • Experience of planning and delivering courses collaboratively
  • Awareness of child safeguarding and health and safety in education/arts context

Fee: £80 per session (on a freelance basis).

Hours and place of work: 10 weekly sessions per term, Thursdays 4.15pm to 6.15pm, at Inspire, SE17 2HH (and additional trips, planning and evaluation sessions to be arranged each term).

To apply: Please go to news for full details on the application process and role.

Deadline: 7 July 2014

Source: Arts Council Jobs Board

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