Escalator is our annual talent development scheme open to all fiction writers (novel or short story) living in the Eastern Region (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk). It has been running for over a decade and has supported over 100 writers in their creative projects, with many going on to sign with agents, publish and receive awards for their writing.

Ten successful applicants are selected for this free scheme, all of whom commit to a period of mentoring, a series of development opportunities, talks and workshops as part of a residential retreat, and take part in a final showcase.

At its heart is the mentoring; a one to one exchange between writer and mentor, whom interact regularly to review work, discuss challenges and set goals.

Sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust.

Leverhulme Trust

The National Centre for Writing also offers a mentorship programme for emerging translators.


Not from the region?

Regional Literature Development Agencies across England are offering exciting opportunities for writers in their region:

Literature Works (South West)
New Writing North
New Writing South (South East)
Spread the Word (London)
Writing East Midlands
Writing West Midlands