Creative Leaders

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 who are interested in a career arts education.

We are looking to recruit creative leaders for the 2018-19 academic year.

Applicants must:

Successful applicants will attend a practical training session which will cover the following:

Please note that you must attend this session in order 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.

To register your interest, please email victoria@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk.

Please note: this is an unpaid voluntary position.


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 record 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 from project to project. When we put a call out, we will state the amount of commitment we require, whether that is your 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 to 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.


UNESCO Creative Leaders 2016

Last year, WCN launched our first UNESCO Creative Leaders programme; offering volunteer-training to university students and young adults. Our Creative Leaders will be reporting back to us on a regular basis with blogs about the projects they have undertaken.