Upcoming Community Events
National Writing Day
21st June 2017
National Writing Day aims to inspire people across the UK to discover the pleasure and power of writing.
Poems, stories, letters, raps, songs, scripts and more – it involves schools, libraries, writing groups and communities across the country.
Organised by charity First Story, in partnership with a number of organisations including Arkbound, National Writing Day will provide a platform for existing initiatives and introduce a host of new events and activities aimed at getting people writing.
“Tell your story, pen your poem, sing your song. We all have tales to tell. We just have to find the voice to do it. Find the voice, tell it your way. It’s your story.”- Michael Morpurgo
Arkbound will be supporting and organising events around National Writing Day in Bristol. For more information, visit http://www.nationalwritingday.org.uk
Publishing Excellence Programme
We know how hard it can be for people to get into the media and publishing industry. To this end, Arkbound and a number of other publishers in the UK have developed a Publishing Excellence Programme, which provides key skills in publishing and media that covers both books and magazines (or just one of these branches). The Programme lasts 12 weeks if covering both, or 8 weeks for one. We can also consider candidates for fast-tracking.
To be accepted onto the Programme, you must be eligible to work in the UK and pass two initial assessments. Currently the Programme is being sponsored, and candidates can also apply for a range of funding if they are under 30 years’ old.
Applications will be considered until November 2017 on a rolling basis, whereafter the Programme will re-commence in February 2018.
Penquin RandomHouse ‘Write Now’ event
16th September, Bristol (Watershed)
Penquin Random House want to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves. This includes writers from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) or LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) communities, writers who have a disability, or come from a socio-economically marginalised background.
There is a chance for 10 writers to join a year-long mentoring programme, and they hope to publish the work of each mentee.
To find out more, visit: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk/work-with-us/authors/writenow/what-s-on-offer/bristol/