Commission opportunity: HE resource pack celebrating UK literature
£3,000 fee for a skilled education freelancer, researcher or early-career academic
Applications for this opportunity have now closed. 

National Centre for Writing seeks to commission a skilled individual or organisation to research and produce a digital resource pack as part of the International Literature Showcase programme, a partnership with British Council. The resource pack will be targeted towards Higher Education institutions and practitioners with the aim of facilitating the teaching of contemporary and diverse UK literatures in literature and creative writing courses around the world, with a particular focus on the works of the 50 writers featured in the ILS programme.

Key information

  • £3,000 commission fee to successful applicant
  • Application deadline: Monday 20 September 2021
  • Project completion deadline: Friday 4 March 2022
  • Ideal for an education freelancer, researcher or early-career academic, with experience of teaching in higher education and an interest and understanding of contemporary literature

Download the project brief and application information

About the International Literature Showcase

The International Literature Showcase (ILS) programme is a partnership between NCW and the British Council, supported by Arts Council England and Creative Scotland. It aims to showcase talented writers based in the UK to programmers, publishers and teachers of literature in English around the world. To this end, we invited five leading writers – Elif Shafak, Val McDermid, Jackie Kay, Owen Sheers and Kei Miller – to each curate a showcase of 10 writers working in the UK today. The 50 selected writers and their themes were then showcased to the global literature industry through a mixture of events, media coverage, symposia and digital resources.

Find out more about the International Literature Showcase here.

About the commission

NCW seeks to commission a digital resource pack for Higher Education institutions and practitioners that will showcase the 50 selected ILS writers to course directors and teaching staff, ultimately broaden and contemporise the range of UK literature taught in literature and creative writing courses around the world. This pack will give course directors and teaching staff the confidence and sources needed for them to include these UK-based writers in their teaching and engage students with their work.

The digital resource pack will be made freely available to Higher Education institutions and practitioners via the NCW and British Council websites and networks.

As part of the commission, the successful applicant will undertake to:

  • Research and advise on the type of content that would be useful for HE teaching;
  • Structure and write a high-quality resource pack to facilitate higher education teaching of the works of the 50 ILS selected writers, including suggesting primary and secondary source materials;
  • Advise and assist with the creation of a distribution plan to ensure the resource pack reaches its intended audience.

A final draft of the resource pack will be delivered to NCW by Friday 4 March 2022.

The commission fee is £3000, including all expenses, VAT and other deductibles. Payment of taxes and other deductibles will be the responsibility of the successful applicant. The successful applicant will be contracted on a freelance basis by National Centre for Writing during completion of the work, and payment of the fee will be made by the end of September 2021.

How to apply

For full information on outputs, applicant criteria, and how to apply, please download the the brief pack below.

Download the project brief and application information →

The deadline for applications is 10:00 am BST on Monday 20 September 2021.

NCW will notify applicants of our commission decision by email no later than Friday 24 September 2021.

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