Update – March 2020

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation we are putting a temporary hold on accepting applications to the CPC programme. We are awaiting clarification from our stakeholders and funders before we issue further information. We want to ensure we plan carefully to make the best use of funds for the benefit of our programme participants. We remain committed to going ahead with the programme and will be updating information here on our website and on social media as we know more. 

If you have any immediate queries please contact leadership@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk.

Once you have decided to make an application, it is important you identify and contact your chosen nominator to make sure they are happy to support your application and can complete and submit the nominator form by 12noon, Wednesday 25 March. For more information about identifying a nominator, see below.

There are four parts to the Collaboration: Place: Change application.

Part one – Application form (download here)

Part two – Personal details (download here)

Part three – Equality and Diversity Monitoring form (download here)

Part four – Nominator form (download here)

Your completed application must reach us by Wednesday 25 March 2020 by 12 noon.

Send parts one, two and three of the application as three separate word documents or saved as PDFs to leadership@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk

Contact your nominator and tell them you have submitted your application. They need to email a completed Nominator Form to leadership@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk by Wednesday 25 March 2020 by 12 noon.

We cannot assess your application without all three parts and a Nominator Form. Further details can be found below.



You will need to find a nominator to support your application and they must submit the completed Nominator Form by the stated deadline to us at leadership@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk. The nominator is being asked to comment on your suitability for a place on the CPC programme. The nominator needs to be someone you knows you professionally.

  • If you work for an organisation this could be your line manager or a board member you may have worked closely with.
  • If you are freelance you could ask a partner organisation you have worked with, an arts officer or another more experienced freelance creative practitioner

You may want to approach someone who works in another sector (for example health or social justice) but please be sure they feel able to comment on your abilities and potential as a creative or cultural leader.

The comments the nominator makes will be shared with shortlisting and selecting assessors.


Alternative formats

If you need the application documentation in large font or alternative format, please contact us by email leadership@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk or by phone 01603 877177.

If you would like to make your application in a different format e.g. submitting a paper application or via video or audio submission, please contact us via the details above.


Application checklist

If you are applying for the Collaboration: Place: Change programme, please use the checklist below to ensure that you have completed all elements of the application.

Read the course content online (or by downloading the Key Information Pack here)

Read the eligibility criteria and fees online (or by downloading the Key Information Pack here) to ensure that you meet the criteria stated

Check you can be available on the course dates

Complete part one – Application Form

Complete part two – Personal details (including self-evaluation questions to be used for evaluation purposes)

Complete part three – Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Identify and approach a nominator who is happy to support your application, and can submit their comments on the form by the deadline date

Give yourself and your nominator plenty of time to complete the application process before the deadline


Application deadline

The deadline for your application (parts one – four) is Wednesday 25 March 2020 at midday.


Selection process

There are 20 places available in this round of applications. We will normally only have one participant from any one organisation in any cohort.

When selecting participants we aim to create a balanced cohort reflecting the broadest range of backgrounds, lived experience, ethnicity, disability, geographical balance between Norfolk and Suffolk participants, and the area of your work.

Part one of your application will be reviewed by our assessor team anonymously.

We will notify all candidates of our decision whether they are successful or not by mid-May 2020. Unfortunately, due to anticipated applicant numbers, we won’t be able to provide individual feedback but will be providing signposting information to other leadership and CPD opportunities.


Meeting your access requirements

For networking events and residentials we will use accessible buildings and accommodation. This includes being wheelchair accessible and hearing loop enabled. We can also arrange for a British Sign Language interpreter and a scribe to take notes in sessions.

All successful applicants will have the opportunity to discuss their individual access needs with a member of the CPC team before the commencement of the programme.

An anonymised group access statement will be distributed to session leaders to help them prepare sessions which consider the needs of the cohort. Facilitators will be provided with information about individual access needs in order to support individuals during delivery sessions.


Any questions?

Read our Frequently Asked Questions here.

If you have a question that can’t be answered on the website or you would like to discuss your application further, please contact a member of the CPC team by email leadership@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk or by phone 01603 877177.

Please note that the CPC team are not in office on a full-time basis, so it may take a few working days to respond to your message.


Terms and Conditions

The information contained within this Key Information Pack is correct at time of issue. The National Centre for Writing reserves the right to cancel or make alterations to the programme where necessary.

If you are offered a place on the course, you will be sent a formal offer letter with a time frame within which to accept. By accepting a place on the course, you are agreeing to the following.

Payment of fees

If you are offered a place on the course your offer letter will contain details of any fees payable. Invoices for course fees will be issued once you have accepted your place and the amount will be payable within 30 days. For smaller organisations and on request the course cost can be spread over 2 invoices, one due within 30 days of accepting a place on the programme with the second payment due in November 2020.

Course cancellation

In the unlikely event of the course being cancelled before the course commences full fees will be reimbursed.


If you are awarded a bursary this will be subject to meeting attendance and reporting requirements.

Participant cancellation

The following charges will apply if you wish to cancel your place on the programme:

  • 15-30 days prior to the start of the programme: 50% of the course fees will be retained
  • 1-14 days prior to the start of the programme: 100% of the course fee will be charged/retained
  • Non attendance: 100% of the course fee will be charged/retained