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

As a partner organisation supporting The Literary Consultancy’s Free Reads schemeShape is looking for disabled writers wanting to improve their skills by utilising a free reading and feedback programme. This service is available for extracts or full manuscripts across fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, scripts and screenplays.

The Literary Consultancy’s Free Reads scheme provides writers with free access to a professional reader, who will give written feedback on a sample of their work via detailed, written reports. TLC’s readers are experienced editors and writers with in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry and are experts across a wide range of genres.

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
  • Over the age of 16
  • Not part of a creative writing programme or longer writing course at the time of submission

How to apply: visit the Shape Arts website to find out more and to apply. You will also need to submit 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.

Deadline: 14 September 2018 at midday

Source: BBC Writersroom

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