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WRITERS' BLOCK 2024

APPLICATIONS OPENING SOON!

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QUICK INSTRUCTIONS:

 

Put together a document containing a two-page synopsis of a novel idea, plus a seven page sample of your writing.

Email this to us at wbne2020@gmail.com with the subject line "Here's my Writers' Block 2024 submission".

 

And that's it. Applications closed at 11.59pm on Monday 23rd May 2022. Good luck!

Do you have an idea for a novel? If so, we would like to help you take that idea and develop it all the way to a complete draft manuscript, ready to present to agents.

It worked for Carmen Marcus, JM Hall, Lisette Auton, James Harris... 

You could be writing middle-grade children's fiction, or YA or adult fiction... you could be writing drama, sci-fi, horror, literary fiction... any genre - we want to hear from you!

No non-fiction will be considered.

We are looking for twelve writers to take part in a year-long programme consisting of workshops, one-to-one mentoring and advice from industry professionals. The process will include two online Meet the Agent events at which you will meet at least three agents from prominent literary agencies who will offer guidance and advice on your stories.

Successful applicants will attend seven day-long development workshops, and access up to 14 hours of 1-1 mentoring from WBNE.

In addition to creative writing workshops, we will run sessions on presentational & coaching skills, and routes to becoming published, so you gain the skills and confidence to design and run your own workshops.

We have also lined up masterclasses with published authors from our region and beyond.

How does that sound?

TASTER SESSIONS

We will be running FREE taster sessions around the region in April and May. Places are limited, so to book your place on one of these workshops please email us at wbne2020@gmail.com

Wednesday 20th April

Darlington Cockerton Library

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Saturday 23rd April

Middlesbrough Central Library

10am - 12pm
 

​Saturday 23rd April

Billingham Library

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Tuesday 26th April

Guisborough Library

4pm - 6pm

Saturday 30th April

Redcar Library

10am - 12pm 

Saturday 7th May

Hartlepool Library

10am - 12pm 

This fantastic opportunity is supported using public funding from Arts Council England.

WHO CAN APPLY?

If you are over 18 and are able to attend regular workshops and mentoring sessions in Middlesbrough then you can apply.

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY - just a great idea and the determination to see it through.

Note: we are looking for fiction. We cannot accept applications to develop memoirs, factual books or biographies.

WHAT WILL IT COST?

 

It will cost you NOTHING, thanks to our funding from the Arts Council and various publishers and literary agencies.

 

HOW DO I APPLY?

 

Email us a writing sample of up to seven pages of continuous prose, which can be an excerpt from a novel (not necessarily the one you want to develop with us) or one complete short story, together with a two-page synopsis of the story you would like to develop.

 

NOTE: The sample and the synopsis do not have to be from the same story.

(For advice on how to put together a killer synopsis click here)

 

The sample and the synopsis should be sent as a single document attached to the email. The whole document should be in 12pt font, and double spaced. 

PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ANYWHERE ON THE SAMPLE OR SYNOPSIS DOCUMENTS.

The attachment file name should be the title of your proposed novel. Please also include the title within the body of the email so we can match the sample with the applicant.

Sorry if that seems confusing! We have to anonymise entries.

 

WHAT'S THE EMAIL?

 

Please send submissions to wbne2020@gmail.com

with the subject

"Here's my Writers' Block 2024 submission" 

 

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?

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

No applications submitted after this time will be considered.

 

A panel of WB associates and industry professionals will make the final selection.

All applicants will be informed of our decision by 5pm on Monday 30th MAY 2022.​

We regret that we are unable to give feedback on unsuccessful submissions. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. But you knew that already :)

SCHEDULE

 

Or "what exactly did I sign up for here?"

Note: all events and workshops will take place at Middlesbrough Town Hall unless otherwise stated. 

 

SATURDAY 27th April 2024

First Story Development Day

10am - 4pm

SATURDAY 25th May 2024

Second Story Development Day

10am - 4pm

THURSDAY 20th June 2024

Meet the Agent 1

10am - 4pm

ONLINE

SATURDAY 27th July 2024

Third Story Development Day

10am - 4pm

SATURDAY 5th October 2024

Fourth Story Development Day

10am - 4pm

SATURDAY 30th November 2024

Fifth Story Development Day

10am - 4pm

SATURDAY 18th January 2025

Sixth Story Development Day

10am - 4pm

THURSDAY XXXXX 2025

Meet the Agent 2

10am - 4pm

ONLINE

SATURDAY 15th March 2025

Seventh Story Development Day

10am - 4pm

 

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