Winchester Writers' Festival seeks talented young writers for scholarship programme
Talented creative writers aged 18-25 are being offered an opportunity to apply for one of 10 University of Winchester Writers' Festival Scholarships.
The Festival Scholarship Scheme - now in its fourth year - gives successful candidates free access to all of the Festival's activities, including seats at the keynote address by poet, broadcaster and writer Lemn Sissay MBE. The free weekend package is worth more than £400 and also includes four one-to-one appointments with agents and editors, two one-day courses, four talks, the Saturday Festival Reading and two open mics, plus lunch each day.
The Festival, now in its 37th year, aims to nurture new and emerging creative writers from around the UK and overseas working in all forms and genres and at all levels of experience.
This year's event, which takes place on 16-18 June, offers a choice of18 intensive one-day courses and workshops, 27 talks and more than 700 one-to-one meetings with literary agents, editors and critically-acclaimed authors, scriptwriters and poets.
"The Scholarship Scheme means that younger writers, who might not otherwise be able to take part in an established and highly-respected Festival like Winchester, have an unrivalled opportunity to attend workshops and one-to-one meetings with agents and editors, making personal contacts with specialists in the literary world," said Judith Heneghan, Director of the University of Winchester Writers' Festival and Programme Leader of MA Writing for Children (pictured above with Vice-Chancellor Professor Joy Carter at the programme launch).
"The Scheme is a very important part of the event, not least because of the contribution of the writers taking part. I would encourage any young writers who are keen to develop their creative writing skills to apply for a Scholarship."
Sarah Corrigan, who won a place to attend the Winchester Writers' Festival in 2016, said: "The Festival was an exciting, unique opportunity for me as it was a chance to meet people from all areas of the publishing industry - authors, agents, editors, booksellers, and more. It was great to find like-minded writers who were interested in the same genres, and to interact with other creative writing students from different universities. The agent one-to-ones were particularly exciting as I've never queried a manuscript before, but after several full manuscript requests from agents I met, I've been instilled with so much fresh confidence in my work."
One former scholarship attendee, Amy Newsham, an English teacher from Lancaster, met her literary agent Bryony Woods from DKW while attending the Festival.
This year there are 10 Festival Scholarship places available. Applications should be made by email to Judith.Heneghan@winchester.ac.uk by Friday 7 April. Full details, including terms and conditions, are available on the University of Winchester Writers' Festival website at www.writersfestival.co.uk