Event aims to help Derbyshire writers achieve their ambitions

6 November 2017

Chesterfield library has planned an event for ambitious writers who want to discover what opportunities are out there for them.

The event is aimed at writers who want to find out more about funding, commissions and other chances to develop their careers.

The session is part of our Writing Ambitions: Derbyshire Residencies Scheme.

Speakers are the former Derbyshire poet laureate Matt Black, James Urquhart of Arts Council England, Anne Holloway from Writing East Midlands and Rosanna Dobson of Foundation Derbyshire.

Funding, Commissions and Opportunities for Writers (opens in a new window) will be held in the lecture theatre at Chesterfield library on Friday 17 November 2017.

The Writing Ambitions: Derbyshire Residencies Scheme is managed by us and funded by lottery money through Arts Council England. The scheme helps new and existing Derbyshire writers to develop their skills in delivering workshops and other community projects and has supported four Derbyshire writers to each deliver a writing residency project in Derbyshire.

Councillor Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism, said:

"This is a wonderful opportunity for experienced or budding writers to find out where their writing can take them and to explore the opportunities available to them in Derbyshire."

James Urquhart, literature relationship manager for Arts Council England, will talk about applying for grants for the arts − who can apply, examples of successful bids and advice on what makes a strong bid. Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences.

Anne Holloway, fundraising manager with Writing East Midlands, will outline some opportunities available to emerging and established writers including residencies, workshops, writing courses, mentoring schemes, critical appraisals, one-to-one career development sessions and funding.

Rosanna Dobson, grants officer at Foundation Derbyshire, will give an overview of the charity's work and how to access its grants. Foundation Derbyshire administers more than 50 funds on behalf of local philanthropists. Every year it provides more than 250 grants to community groups, voluntary groups and charities, all working to tackle disadvantage, increase opportunities and raise the aspirations of Derbyshire residents.

Matt Black, writer and former Derbyshire poet laureate, will explore the role that funding and commissions have played in his work. He will also consider how writers become people who partners of all kinds want to work with.

The event, at the library in New Beetwell Street, costs £5.70 and must be booked online. Attendees should arrive between 9.45am and 10.15am. It finishes at 1.15pm.

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