The springboard for your career as a writing practitioner

We’re looking for talented writers who also work as writing practitioners to join our exciting new professional development programme.

NCW Springboard is open to writing practitioners who want to develop their career working within literature. As well as your practice as a writer, your work might include agenting, bookselling, coaching, copywriting, editorial, education, events, fundraising, journalism, mentoring, marketing, performance, producing, proofreading, publicity, publishing, reader development, writer development, or any other paid profession that utilises your experience and skills as a writer.

If you are building a career as a freelance writing practitioner, this is the opportunity for you!

We particularly welcome applications from talented Black, Asian and ethnically diverse writer practitioners. We intend to offer at least 50% of places to writers who identify as Black, Asian or ethnically diverse.

Selected participants will join a cohort of diverse and talented writer practitioners to learn together and dream big. You will:

  • Develop as an artist, and as a writing practitioner.
  • Recognise your own personal skills and interests, and explore how you can maximise opportunities around them.
  • Participate in co-creating a programme that is of practical use to you as a professional.
  • Attend ten training and professional skills development sessions. These might include exploring education, engagement, funding, financial management, entrepreneurial skills and collaboration.
  • Collaborate with peers and develop new professional opportunities together.
  • Network with other practitioners who can support you as you build your career.
  • Get to know National Centre for Writing and how you might work with us in the future.

Springboard is a programme of ten sessions, taking place between June and September 2022, in person and online.

Any writer practitioner based in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk or Suffolk may apply.

Apply now

Applications are open for NCW Springboard. Click here to find out more about the programme and apply.

The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on Monday 23 May 2022.