Over the years, we have supported disabled writers in a variety of ways, including residency and mentoring opportunities. Since 2015, this support has been strengthened through our role as a diversity partner for The Literacy Consultancy (TLC), whose Quality Writing For All scheme supports writers who face barriers to progression in getting their work read and recognised by publishers, agents, and others with influence in the literary industries.
By targeting marginalised writers on a low income, the scheme aims to ensure that talented writers receive high quality feedback on their work, enabling them to sustain their journey towards getting read, seen, heard and published. Through this partnership with TLC, a number of disabled writers have been awarded professional feedback through the ACE funded Free Reads scheme, about which you can find out more at this link. We usually promote the annual submission call out for this scheme around September each year. Applications go via Shape, and Reads via TLC take place across the autumn and winter.
Additionally, in the last two years, we have provided direct support for writers through short courses of workshops, based in central London. These workshops aim to bring writers together who would benefit from critical advice, peer support, and learning new skills in how to approach their work. Popular even with more experienced writers, these courses are free, accessible, and provide a great opportunity to participate in a professional environment that is also friendly and nurturing. We usually promote our course opportunities in September each year. Activities take place across the autumn and winter.
Our Unlimited programme also supports writers through its set of awards.
Look out for current & upcoming opportunities for writers on this page. You can also sign up to our monthly e-newsletter by filling in the form at the bottom of our page to keep notified about our art news, events & upcoming opportunities. If you have any queries, please contact [email protected] or call 0207 424 7330.
Image: Shape writers workshop participants giving public readings of their work at Tate Modern, 2018