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Would you like to come and work for the North’s leading literature development agency and play a part in supporting great projects such as the Northern Writers’ Awards, Durham Book Festival and our award-winning work with young people?

We’re a small organisation with a dedicated, creative team, supported by a great board of trustees. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, we work to support writers and literature across the North of England.

An organisation is only as strong as its people, and we look after our staff with training and professional development opportunities, flexible working and a contributory pension scheme. You’ll be given responsibility and encouraged to develop your skills from day one. We’re an open and friendly bunch and we think New Writing North is a great place to work.

We believe that all writers should have the opportunity to tell their stories and we work with under-represented communities to help make this happen. We would like our workforce to better reflect the diverse communities in which we work.

 

Covid-19 

Much uncertainty remains whilst we work through the Covid-19 pandemic and the New Writing North team is currently delivering the majority of programme digitally with staff working from home.

Sky Writes Freelance Roles

New Writing North and Sky Studios are working together on Sky Writes, a new talent development programme which seeks to identify and nurture television writers from under-represented groups who are based in the North of England. This is the first year of the programme, which we anticipate will begin in Spring 2021.

 

Sky Writes has been created to help diversify the pool of television writers in the UK. It will offer an introduction to writing for television for people from under-represented groups and under-served geographical areas in the North of England, with a particular aim to support people of colour and those from LGBTQ+, disabled and lower socio-economic backgrounds.

 

The initiative, managed by New Writing North, will seek to address commonly identified barriers for writers, including a lack of role-model writers who reflect under-represented characteristics; the scarcity of entry-level access opportunities for people writing for television; and the challenges of gaining insider knowledge about scriptwriting, development and commissioning faced by those outside the industry.

 

Sky Writes will launch in Gateshead, Rotherham and Blackpool in Spring 2021. In each location, the project will begin with a series of open-access sessions for those with little or no writing experience and progress to offer more in-depth professional development for those who are identified as having the potential to be successful television writers.

'Sky Writes' Writers-in-Residence

The role

We are looking for a Writer in Residence for each of these locations: Gateshead, Rotherham and Blackpool.

Each Writer in Residence will lead on devising the content and overseeing the delivery of the taster sessions, masterclasses and workshops in their location. The writers will work closely with the progamme participants, the Sky Writes Coordinator (freelance post) and New Writing North. The writers will play a key role in selecting participants and deciding who will progress to the advanced stage of the programme. The Writers in Residence will regularly report back to New Writing North. 

How to apply

How to Apply

Please send the following via our submissions system by 12 noon on 6 November 2020.

  • A CV which includes details of your screenwriting work and two referees.
  • A covering letter that includes a short statement about how you would deliver the programme, as well as explaining how you meet each point of the person specification.
  • Details of which geographical area you are applying to work in (Gateshead, Rotherham or Blackpool).

'Sky Writes' Coordinator

The role

These roles are pivotal to the success of the programme. The Coordinators will research and develop partnerships in three locations (one coordinator each in Gateshead, Rotherham and Blackpool) and work with the Writers in Residence (one in each location) to deliver programme content.

 

The Coordinators will set up taster sessions, masterclasses and workshops. They will be expected to promote the sessions to existing and new networks, working proactively to recruit participants from under-represented groups. They will liaise with potential partners in the geographical locations, making new connections and securing suitable venues. They will be expected to attend selected sessions, providing help and advice to the participants and supporting the Writers in Residence as they create bespoke development activities.

How to apply

How to Apply

Please send the following via our submissions system by 12 noon on 6 November 2020:

  • A CV which includes two referees.
  • A covering letter that includes a short statement about how you would deliver the programme, as well as explaining how you meet each point of the person specification.
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