Shape Arts & The Literary Consultancy – Free Reads Scheme for Disabled Writers

The TLC Free Reads Scheme offers low-income writers the opportunity to get free professional feedback on their writing via The Literary Consultancy, the UK’s leading editorial consultancy.

TLC has helped hundreds of writers on to publication, but its main aim is to support writers developing their work and honing their writing craft through structured constructive feedback. Since 2001, TLC has been in receipt of funding from Arts Council England to extend its offer to those unable to pay the fees for its commercial services.

The Free Reads Scheme is open to all writers resident in England through a range of partners. You can find a map of the partners operating in each region and more information about the scheme here.

As a diversity partner supporting TLC’s Free Reads scheme, Shape is inviting disabled writers to apply.

The pool of writers applying to Shape will be decided by them following a selection process. Written feedback for selected writers will usually arrive within 4-6 weeks of it being submitted to TLC by Shape.

In order to be considered for this opportunity you will need to be:

  • A writer who is actively engaged in your practice, whether or not you are published or aiming for publication
  • Self-identified as disabled
  • On a low income
  • A resident of England
  • Writing in English (fiction/ non-fiction/ short stories/ poetry/ scripts/ screenplays/ radio plays)
  • Over the age of 16
  • Not part of a creative writing programme or longer writing course at the time of submission
  • Did not submit to the scheme in 2018

Find out full details including the Information Pack, contact details and download the application form on the Shape website

Please submit all forms alongside a sample of your writing (fiction, play, autobiography or memoir, for example) with a maximum length of 5000 words for prose; up to 20 pages for scripts; or up to 100 lines for poems.

E-mail all forms and sample writing to:

Deadline: 30 August 2019 at midnight

Source: BBC Writersroom

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