Cheltenham Festivals Writer in Residence - job opportunity

Become a writer-in-residence

We’re looking for two acclaimed writers with a talent for teaching creative writing to nurture the skills of young writers and help them to find their own voices.

We are looking for a writer to work on each of the following programmes which reach out from and will culminate at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2017: 

Cheltenham Festivals First Story

Cheltenham Festivals are working in partnership with the national charity First Story, placing acclaimed writers into local secondary schools serving low-income communities.

We are looking for someone who can:

Plan and deliver workshops to a group of up to 21 students: a minimum 16 workshops of 90 minutes across autumn & spring terms. The workshops need to inspire their love of writing, build their confidence and facilitate high quality writing.
Collate and edit students’ work for publication as a Cheltenham Festivals First Story anthology.
Organise and host, with your school, the Cheltenham Festivals First Story anthology book launch.
Deliver one teacher training session for up to 21 teachers at your school.
Attend 3 meetings of the Cheltenham Festivals First Story teachers and writers at the Cheltenham Festivals offices in Cheltenham (11 October, 26 January, July (tbc))
Attend a writers’ skills sharing day in London for training and to share good practice on 12 September 2016.
Prepare the students for a showcase event at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Beyond Words

Cheltenham Festivals are working in partnership with Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service so that every 14-16 year old who is medically too unwell to attend school due to either physical or mental health needs has the opportunity to work over time with a writer-in-residence, either in person or via a digital learning platform.

We are looking for someone who can:

Plan and deliver 2 sets of 3 half-day workshops to a group of up to 12 students (one in the autumn term & one in the spring term). The workshops need to inspire their love of writing, increase their well-being, and facilitate high quality writing.
Work with Cheltenham Festivals and GHES to transpose these workshops to the GHES virtual learning environment so that students can access them from their homes (no previous IT experience or specialist knowledge is required)
Collate and edit students’ work for publication as an anthology.
Work with Cheltenham Festivals and GHES to organise the launch of the anthology at a local venue.
Deliver one teacher training session for GHES teachers.
Attend regular meetings with the Cheltenham Festivals’ project manager and GHES English Subject Lead.
Prepare the students for a showcase event at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

What we’re looking for

We are looking for acclaimed writers, with a publication record and recognition of their achievements (in publication and/or performance).
All writers-in-residence must have at least three years’ experience teaching creative writing, preferably to young people.
For the Beyond Words project, writers must have demonstrable successful experience of working with vulnerable young people.
Some editing experience is desirable but not essential.

Above all, we’re looking for writers who can enthuse students and help foster in them a love of writing, build their confidence and inspire their creativity. If this is you, please get in touch!

Remuneration

Year-long: a grant of £4,000 per annum is available for a 1 year fixed term residency.

What we need from you

A copy of your CV and a covering letter stating why you would like to be a Cheltenham Festivals writer-in-residence.
A sample of a secondary school workshop for a 90 minute session.

Please send a cover letter, CV and sample workshop plan to Ali Mawle by Monday 1 August. Interviews for suitable candidates will be held week beginning 8 August.

Cheltenham Festivals welcomes applicants regardless of race or colour, nationality or national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, sex or marital status, sexual orientation, disability or age. We are committed to the safeguarding of children and child protection screening (including DBS) will apply to this post.

For more information visit: 

http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/news/2016/07/cheltenham-festivals-writer-in-residence

 

 

 

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