Have some questions? Contact Victoria on victoria@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk, or have a read of the below:

Is the application difficult? No! You’ll be asked four short questions about why you want to be involved in the project and the kinds of ideas you have. We are interested in your ways of thinking and communicating, not in your spelling or grammar.

What is cultural activism? Cultural activism is music, art, poetry, writing – anything artistic that speaks about social or political change. Notable cultural activists include: blogger and columnist Scarlet Curtis who established Pink Protest, comic book artist Asia Alfasi who has produced a series of comics on the refugee crisis, and Donald Glover, whose hit ‘This Is America’ speaks on the state of society today.

What is a literary festival? Much like a music festival (such as Glastonbury), a literary festival features a line-up of writers talking about topics that are important to them and their work. Famous literary festivals include Hay Festival, Cheltenham Festival, and our very own City of Literature Weekend, which forms part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

I’ve got exams in May and June next year… We’re going to do as much of the work as possible between September and February but, as the festival is in May and the trip abroad is in June, we can’t promise that your diaries will be completely clear for revising. If you are going into an exam year, you’ll need to be really good at organising your time and juggling this project and your revision. It is totally doable and it will look great on your university cover letter or your CV, but it will require a time commitment.

I’ve got swimming/football/after school clubs/a paper round some evenings…. Don’t worry – we’re asking you what evenings work best for you in the application form, so we can make sure that you’ll be able to attend the sessions.