NFP Bid Writing Workshops

Basic and Advanced Bid Writing Workshops

Bid Writing: The Basics

START 09.00 FINISH 11.30

COST £95.00

TOPICS COVERED

Do you know the most common reasons for rejection? Are you gathering the right evidence? Are you making the right arguments? Are you using the right terminology? Are your numbers right? Are you learning from rejections? Are you assembling the right documents? Do you know how to create a clear and concise standard funding bid?

Are you communicating with people or just excluding them? Do you know your own organisation well enough? Are you thinking through your projects carefully enough? Do you know enough about your competitors? Are you answering the questions funders will ask themselves about your application? Are you submitting applications correctly?

ATTENDEES

Staff members, volunteers, trustees or board members of charities, schools or public sector organisations who intend to submit grant funding applications to charitable grant making trusts and foundations. People who provide advice to these organisations are also welcome.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

All our venues are within walking distance of major railway stations. None of our venues have on site car parking but commercial car parks are available within walking distance. The booking pages have links to maps, travel and car parking information.

BOOKING DETAILS

£95 including booking fees. Refreshments provided. Attendees receive full notes and sample bids by e-mail after the workshop. The workshop consists of talk, questions and answers. There are no power points or audio visuals used. All places must be booked through the online booking system using a debit or credit card. We do not issue invoices or accept bank or cheque payments. If you do not have a debit card from your organisation please use a personal one and claim reimbursement using the booking confirmation e-mail as proof of purchase.

BOOKING TERMS

Workshop bookings are non-cancellable and non-refundable. If you are unable to attend on the booked date you may send someone else in your place. There is no need to contact us to let us know that there will be a different attendee. Bookings are non-transferable between dates unless an event is postponed. If an event is postponed then bookings will be valid on any future scheduled date for that workshop and that location. The organisers do not accept any liability for travel or accommodation costs relating to postponed events. If you wish to make travel or accommodation bookings relating to an event you are welcome to contact us for advice.

QUESTIONS

If you have a question please e-mail questions@nfpmail1902.co.uk You will usually receive a response within 24 hours. Due to our training and travel commitments we are unable to accept questions by phone.

 

Bid Writing: Advanced

START 12.00 FINISH 14.30

COST £95.00

TOPICS COVERED

Are you applying to the right trusts? Are you applying to enough trusts? Are you asking for the right amount of money? Are you applying in the right ways? Are your projects the most fundable projects? Are you carrying out trust fundraising in a professional way? Are you delegating enough work?

Are you highly productive or just very busy? Are you looking for trusts in all the right places? How do you compare with your competitors for funding? Is the rest of your fundraising hampering your bids to trusts? Do you understand what trusts are ideally looking for?

ATTENDEES

Staff members, volunteers, trustees or board members of charities, schools or public sector organisations who intend to submit grant funding applications to charitable grant making trusts and foundations. People who provide advice to these organisations are also welcome. Around half of all attendees do both Basics and Advanced workshops on the same day but there is no discount for doing so.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

All our venues are within walking distance of major railway stations. None of our venues have on site car parking but commercial car parks are available within walking distance. The booking pages have links to maps, travel and car parking information.

BOOKING DETAILS

£95 including booking fees. Refreshments provided. Attendees receive full notes and sample bids by e-mail after the workshop. The workshop consists of talk, questions and answers. There are no power points or audio visuals used. All places must be booked through the online booking system using a debit or credit card. We do not issue invoices or accept bank or cheque payments. If you do not have a debit card from your organisation please use a personal one and claim reimbursement using the booking confirmation e-mail as proof of purchase.

BOOKING TERMS

Workshop bookings are non-cancellable and non-refundable. If you are unable to attend on the booked date you may send someone else in your place. There is no need to contact us to let us know that there will be a different attendee. Bookings are non-transferable between dates unless an event is postponed. If an event is postponed then bookings will be valid on any future scheduled date for that workshop and that location. The organisers do not accept any liability for travel or accommodation costs relating to postponed events. If you wish to make travel or accommodation bookings relating to an event you are welcome to contact us for advice.

QUESTIONS

If you have a question please e-mail questions@nfpmail1902.co.uk You will usually receive a response within 24 hours. Due to our training and travel commitments we are unable to accept questions by phone. Locations, Venues, Dates
& Booking Links

 

Venues

LONDON
200A Pentonville Road
Kings Cross
London N1 9JP

08 Jun 2020

15 Jun 2020

07 Sep 2020

14 Sep 2020

 

SOUTHAMPTON
Jurys Inn
Charlotte Place
Southampton SO14 0TB

09 Jun 2020

08 Sep 2020

 

BRISTOL
The Waterfront Meeting Rooms
Welsh Back
Bristol BS1 4SB

10 Jun 2020

09 Sep 2020

 

EDINBURGH
Courtyard
1-3 Baxter's Place
Edinburgh EH1 3AF

11 Jun 2020

10 Sep 2020

 

NEWCASTLE
Jurys Inn
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AD

12 Jun 2020

11 Sep 2020

 

NOTTINGHAM
Jurys Inn
Station Street
Nottingham NG2 3BJ

16 Jun 2020

15 Sep 2020

 

BIRMINGHAM
Jurys Inn
245 Broad Street
Birmingham B1 2HQ

17 Jun 2020

16 Sep 2020

 

MANCHESTER
Jurys Inn
56 Great Bridgewater Street
Manchester M1 5LE

18 Jun 2020

17 Sep 2020

 

LEEDS
Jurys Inn
Brewery Wharf, Brewery Place
Leeds LS10 1NE

19 Jun 2020

18 Sep 2020


Ghostwriter Wanted

Christie Mclean is looking for a Ghostwriter, ideally female with a sharp sense of humour, to take on an equestrian writing project.

Christie made global headlines in 2018 and 2019 for changing rules within an equestrian organisation to allow mules to compete equally along side horses. She would like this story told before a film is released, so time is of the essence!

Payment on successful publication - fees to be discussed.

Christie is Dursley-based; if you are interested, and have experience as a Ghostwriter, please contact:
07526591420
christymclean1987@gmail.com


TELL ME ABOUT IT: Blind and visually impaired writers needed for creative project in Cheltenham.

Writer/filmmaker/audio describer Jane Devoy will lead a collaborative project with visually impaired writers leading to a photography, film and audio description exhibition at Chapel Arts in Cheltenham in summer 2020. The project is designed to increase understanding between sighted and visually impaired people and to explore the creative possibilities of audio description.

If you are blind or sight-impaired and have an interest in creative writing and working collaboratively please call Insight Gloucestershire on 01242 22 11 70 for more details of the TELL ME ABOUT IT project.


Writers and Performers News – Congratulations!

Christine Griffin and Judith van Dijkhuizen have poems published this month in Snakeskin Poetry webzine, see here

We love to share good news :
If you have celebratory news you'd like to share please contact us on info@gloswriters.org.uk


Right to Write - Creative Writing Workshops at Tewkesbury Library

NEW FOR 2020

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS

TEWKESBURY LIBRARY

SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH

10.30 – 12.30

£8.00 per session

Following the success of their workshops in Gloucester, Sue Johnson and Joy Thomas are now offering monthly workshops at Tewkesbury Library.

The workshops are suitable for beginners as well as more experienced writers. They are aimed at building confidence, generating ideas and creating individual pieces of writing. Sue and Joy take it in turns to offer short writing exercises that are stimulating and fun. There are opportunities for participants to read their work if they wish to do so.

Sue is published as a poet, short story writer and novelist. She is a Writing Magazine Creative Writing Tutor. Further details of her publications, workshops and critique service can be found at www.writers-toolkit.co.uk. Contact her on 01386 446477 for further information.

Joy is published as a poet and short story writer. She has an active interest in helping those who are not always heard. In 2017, she co-edited a poetry collection entitled ‘Silent Voices’ with Jo Allmond. In 2018, she published ‘From Rough Towels to Milkshakes’ – which is about her son Phillip who has Asperger’s Syndrome. For further information, contact Joy on 07938744389.


"A Place for Writing"

Some news from our neighbours in Oxfordshire..

 

"A Place for Writing"  One-day Writing Course

Buscot Park, Oxfordshire, SN7 8BU

 

Tuesday 9th June 2020  9.30am – 5.00pm   £ 90.00   Course fee includes buffet lunch

More details & Booking  http://www.buscotconcerts.co.uk/writing.htm

 

This is a one-day professionally-led course in the idyllic surroundings of Buscot Park, Oxfordshire.  The insights offered on this one-day course will enhance your understanding of writing and help you develop your writing skills.. A combination of writing exercises, text analysis, and group debate will form the basis of the day.  The emphasis throughout is upon developing an individual voice and a confident style while working in a wholly supportive environment.  Students will be encouraged to share and discuss their writing. As such, they will gain creative and critical skills which will bring a fresh perspective to the writing experience. Absolute beginners and practicing writers are equally welcome.

Designed by two professional writers with long experience of teaching at university level, the programme will address the writer’s art and craft in ways both practical and thought-provoking, involving both writing and the discussion of writing.

The programme’s focus will be broad, making it useful to writers of poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction.

 

*The tutors

 

Professor Jem Poster and Dr. Sarah Burton have led Creative Writing courses at the Universties of Oxford and Cambridge and developed and ran the Master's course at Cambridge until 2017. They continue to teach for Cambridge University's Institute of Continuing Education, [ICE], Guardian Masterclasses and the Oxford Literary Festival.  Between them they have written novels, non-fiction, children's fiction, plays and poetry. Their tried-and-tested supportive and informal but focused approach is designed to provide stimulation and ideas for writers of all levels of experience.

 

Dr. Sarah Burton:

Sarah currently teaches on weekend courses, day schools, online courses and the International Summer Programme. Until 2017 she was Course Director of ICE’s Master’s programme in Creative Writing; she now convenes ICE’s Writers’ Retreats. She teaches fiction, non-fiction, writing for performance and writing for children and also writes in all these genres.

Sarah's publications are diverse, including two critically acclaimed biographies, Impostors: Six Kinds of Liar (2000; translated into Korean, Japanese, Czech and Spanish) and A Double Life: a Biography of Charles and Mary Lamb (2003; shortlisted for the Mind Book of the Year award); a children’s book, The Miracle in Bethlehem: A Storyteller’s Tale (2008), a page-to-stage guide, How to Put on a Community Play (2011) and a spoof, The Complete and Utter History of the World By Samuel Stewart, Aged 9 (2013). Sarah has also written and produced seven community plays.

Emeritus Professor Jem Poster:

Jem Poster worked as an archaeologist, surveying and excavating a range of sites on behalf of the Inspectorate of Ancient Monuments, before taking up an administrative post with Cambridge University's Institute of Continuing Education in 1987. From 1993 to 2003 he was University Lecturer in Literature with Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education and a fellow of Kellogg College. From 2003 to 2012 he was Professor of Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University, and is now Emeritus Professor. He is the author of two novels, Courting Shadows (Sceptre, 2002) and Rifling Paradise (Sceptre, 2006), as well as a collection of poetry, Brought to Light (Bloodaxe, 2001), and editor of a volume in the six-volume Oxford University Press Edward Thomas: Prose Writings (OUP, 2018). He has won prizes in major poetry competitions including first prize in both the Cardiff International Poetry Competition in 1995 and the Peterloo Poets Open Poetry Competition in 2001. He has been Chair of the editorial board of Wales’s leading literary journal, New Welsh Review, and Programme Advisor to the Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education’s MSt in Creative Writing; he is currently Director of its International Summer Programme in Creative Writing, and is an Affiliated Lecturer of the Institute. He is also Director of Academic Programmes for the Financial Times Oxford Literary Festival.

 


Paper Nation introduces Writing Producers' Scheme

Writing Producers’ Scheme

As part of Paper Nations’ ongoing quest to establish the South-West region as a place for writers, we are launching the Writing Producers’ Scheme.

The Writing Producers’ Scheme will support writing producers to create, expand, and sustain writing initiatives. We’ll do this by mentoring writing producers to develop their writing project ideas, create sustainable business plans, and write proposals for financing and grants.

The application process is open and can be found at the bottom of this page. Please share this call with anyone who you think may be interested.

woman with short hair at a laptop, taking notes  Notebook with balled up paper and a pencil on top.  Hand writing in a notebook.

We are looking for:

Producers with ideas and proposals that will contribute to the development and sustainability of a ‘place for writers’ in the upper South-West region of England.

Writing producers are simply those who create or help to run writing initiatives. Producers may come from a strictly writing or publishing background or they may have produced events or schemes in another industry. They could be entrepreneurs, workshop leaders or other kinds of writing educators.

A Place for Writers is a region where writing and storytelling are nurtured, and where diverse voices are developed and valued. As part of this we are supporting the development of villages, towns, cities, writing destinations, and communities. We’re also working closely with creative industry partners to incubate community interest companies, social enterprises and micro businesses and SMEs that support writers.

How could the Writing Producers’ scheme help me?

Successful applicants can propose ideas for writing initiatives and projects. You may have a project that you want to launch or an existing initiative that needs support. We will help candidates make this project happen by providing a sponsored 1-2-1 mentoring session as well as a place on our 2020 Dare to Write? Academy Habit Camp. Producers can use the scheme to incubate ideas, and get mentoring and support for writing funding proposals.

All successful applicants will receive an events pass, gaining free access to events provided in collaboration with the Dare to Write? Academy. You will also be able to access a coworking space in Palace Yard Mews, central Bath.

In addition to providing mentoring support, producers will have the option to be added to a database of writing producers within the upper South-West region. The database may be shared with other organisations who have paid opportunities for writing producers and/or educators.

How do I apply?

Applicants can fill in an expression of interest (EOI) form using the button at the bottom of this page. The EOI form will take about 15 minutes to complete. It asks applicants to tell us about themselves, their experience, and their project idea.

Applications close at midday on Thursday 12th March. Successful applicants will be informed in April 2020. More information on the application process is available in our downloadable FAQ, which is available below.

two men working in a coffee shop, chatting  woman with notebook and pencil, thinking wryly  writing for all launch event - whole room shot

Who can apply?

Those who apply for this scheme must value creativity and be organised, with a practical mindset. They must also believe in our vision to make writing accessible to everyone and be able to contribute to our mission to establish the South-West as a Place for Writers.

This call is open to people from all backgrounds but we are keen to broaden the range of voices in the world of writing and publishing, to hear from people from backgrounds that are not currently well represented. These include: people of colour, working class people, people from areas of rural or coastal deprivation, people who have experienced homelessness, refugees, people from the LGBTQ+ communities, people who have survived abuse, disabled people, and people with chronic health conditions.

You must live and work in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire (inc. South Glos), or Somerset to be eligible.

What do you mean by a writing project or initiative? How do I know if my idea ‘counts’?

Writing initiatives and projects could be any number of things. We don’t wish to be too specific as we would like to support a range of different ideas. Your project could be purely creative writing-based, or it could be interdisciplinary (take, for example, the way in which the Maths Poems project blended poetry and mathematics).

Your project could involve a series of workshops or events, or you could build something like an app, website, or resource that will serve the writing community. It could be mentoring-based, focused on developing networks and partnerships, or offer showcasing opportunities such as publishing. It could be enterprise-focused, like helping charities or local start-ups write about the work that they do or it could aim to be an established writing business, like The Good Literary Agency. Or it could be more of an installation. Your concept could be large or small, for a specific demographic, or be open to everyone. The options are endless.

What do we expect from successful applicants?

We will ask you to keep journals of your progress and document your work through any of the following: written reports, blogs for the Paper Nations website, and quotes to be used on public-facing media.

Your experiences will be showcased as part of our Writing for All events planned for 2020-2021. You will be expected to demonstrate the impact of the commission on your creative practice. We will provide templates and support to help you do this.

I don’t have an idea of my own but I am a project manager or producer with skills to offer. Can I apply to work for Paper Nations?

If you are a writing producer without their own concept, who is looking to work on and support Paper Nations’ own projects you should fill out this separate EOI form.

 


SSS 'Disruptive' stories wanted ;)

4 Weeks to the Deadline

It's just 4 weeks to the deadline for submissions to our 20th event on Sunday 19 April at the Cotswold Playhouse. We close at 23.59 on Sunday 8 March. Thank you to everyone who has submitted already.

The theme is DISRUPTION  think about this subject as widely as possible) and the event is dedicated to SSS mainstay, the late Rick Vick.

It's free to submit and we'll be choosing ten stories as usual. Hopefully the Cotswold Playhouse will be full again so that the authors will read to up to 150 people. And, of course, there will be the offer of publication in our next anthology which is due next year.

All the information you need about our Rules and How to Submit is on our website.

. Audience TICKETS, priced at £8, will be available from Friday 20 March from the Cotswold Playhouse website, by which time the authors will have been named.


Cornium Radio Opportunities

Below are dates that are still available for anyone interested in talking about writing, sharing their work, publicising books/gigs/workshops etc.
Please contact Rona Laycock if you are interested  writersinthebrewery@yahoo.co.uk
More info on the sessions is below the dates.

April 16th , 23rd,  30th.

May 7th, 14th, 28th.

Writers Room

We meet in the foyer of Cirencester Library, The Waterloo, Cirencester GL7 2PZ  at 11am on the day of recording.

The library is situated at the back of Bingham House and can be reached via the little alleyway that runs down the side of TSB in the market place. Once the alleyway opens out into a road you will find the library on the right.

Work that is to be read on community radio has to be acceptable to a wide range of listeners so we ask that there is no explicit violence or sex and not too much swearing - certainly not the stronger swear words.

I will chat to you about what inspires you or what sort of writing you like to do etc.  If you have a website or have published a book you can publicise that as well. The programme is approximately 26 minutes long so we have plenty of time for readings as well as the interview.

The sessions are recorded so that any mistakes we make can be edited out.  If you make a mistake just stop and go back a couple of sentences and the programme producer will sort it all out during the editing.

The programme is now available to be sent out as an audio file via email so you don’t have to wait until it is broadcast to hear your performance!

It also features on the ‘Listen Again’ page of Corinium Radio’s website.

 


News from our friends in Evesham

Reminder, our 2020 Short Story Competition is now open.

Coming soon: Workshops: Stepping into Social Media Workshop with Ellie Stevenson - Monday 10th Feb, 10.30 am - 1.00 pm, and Developing Your Novel (Editing) with Alison May - Saturday 7th March, 10.30 am - 4.30 pm. Still places available for these two workshops. Cost £15 and £25 respectively)

Monday 2nd March, Tony Conder will be talking about Gloucestershire's Chosen Trio (Poets Ivor Gurney, Herbert Howells and FW Harvey). Tony's talk is at Holland House, Cropthorne, and follows a 2-course lunch. Arrive 12.30 for lunch at 1.00 pm. Tickets £18 direct from Holland House (tel: 01386 860330).

Since the last update we have added in two new events: Alice May will be talking about The House That Sat Down. Tuesday 23rd June, 2.30 pm, at a new venue for the Festival - Cavendish Park Care Home, Offenham Road. Its a fabulous venue, and Alice's talk will be followed by afternoon tea. Saturday 3rd October, 7.30 pm, we have Words and Music of The Vale with local singer/songwriter, Colin Pitts and friends. Venue: Unitarian Chapel, Oat Street.

Details of all events can be found on our Festival website. We are currently working on the Festival Brochure, which should be in print by end of March.

Our new Evesham Festival of Words Book Club was launched in January. It was a fantastic evening, much enjoyed by all who came, with so much lively and friendly discussion. Contact Helen Yendall if you are interested in finding out more (email: helenyendall@yahoo.co.uk).

Tickets for all 2020 events are now available and can be booked via me - email: info@eveshamfestivalofwords.org, or tel: 0787 1285606; via our Festival website (www.eveshamfestivalofwords.org) with payment by Paypal, or through the Almonry Museum & Tourist Information Centre (tel: 01386 446944). Note workshop tickets are not available through the Almonry.

We have a great line up for 2020 and no shortage of ideas. We would like a couple more people on the Steering Group. If you are interested, then do get in touch. Note that I will be abroad on holiday from 8th - 20th February with email but no phone access.

Meanwhile, look forward to seeing you at some of our great line up of events.

Sue Ablett, Chair Evesham Festival of Words