The National Centre for Writing Creative Leaders scheme is a unique training and work experience programme in creative writing and education. The scheme provides professional development opportunities for 18-25 year olds or those still in full or part-time education interested in a career arts education.

“Without the Creative Leader programme I would have moved into further education without important practical experience of workshop settings. Since joining the programme I have had several offers from universities to study postgraduate degrees where before I had received my fair share of rejection. I contribute this success with the hands on experience and opportunity to hone my creative writing teaching that the NCW gave me, and institutions love to see this work-experience before you join them.” – Khal, Creative Leader, 2018-19

Applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest.

Applicants must:

Successful applicants will attend a practical training session on Wednesday 16th October which will cover the following:

Please note that you have to attend this session to become a Creative Leader. You will be required to complete an enhanced DBS check during the session and you will need to bring three forms of ID –

Recruits will be placed on existing projects in accordance with their areas of interest, working closely with freelance tutors and National Centre for Writing staff. They will receive on-going support and further professional development opportunities over the 12-month-period.

Please note: this is an unpaid voluntary position.

Applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest.

Frequently asked questions

What does a Creative Leader do?

Creative Leaders assist our freelance tutors with the delivery of workshops in schools and on-site at Dragon Hall. You might be asked to distribute teaching materials and circulate the room offering advice or encouragement to the students, or you may be working more closely with our freelance tutor with a more active role in the session. You are present so that there are always at least two adults in the room, should the classroom teacher or teaching assistant have to leave.

What is an enhanced DBS check?

This is a criminal records check performed by the government. This is a legal requirement for any person who will be coming into regular contact with children or vulnerable adults.

What is the time commitment?

You are required to attend the training session at the start of the scheme. The number of sessions you are asked to volunteer on will vary project to project. When we put a call out, we will state the amount of commitment we require, whether that is you attendance at a pair of workshops in a single school, a series of workshops across a project, or a one-off workshop.

How will I find out about volunteering opportunities?

We will email you with opportunities as they arise, in accordance with your preferences as listed in your application form. Opportunities are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. We usually only require one creative leader per workshop.

What happens if I sign up for a workshop but cannot attend?

We ask that you let us know as soon as possible if you are no longer able to attend a workshop you have previously signed up for. We try to be flexible with your university commitments and understand that illness and emergencies do occur.

Are there any opportunities for career progression with this scheme?

Yes. Creative Leaders who particularly impress us may be invited to join our pool of paid freelance tutors. If you are interested in becoming a paid freelancer, please do indicate this on your application form.

What about travel costs?

You will be reimbursed travel expenses to and from schools, Dragon Hall and any other setting. We pay 45p per mile for those who drive. You must keep your public transport receipts in order to be reimbursed.

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