[The grant] was utterly invaluable…I sincerely doubt I would’ve written the novel without it. I was working in retail when I was offered the award. My motivation and confidence were completely in the toilet. I couldn’t afford to dedicate any time or money to writing, and I just wasn’t aware of any mentoring or funding opportunities which could help.
The training and mentoring I received from New Writing North was genuinely life-changing, both in giving me space and time to do work, and experience which was invaluable in getting an office job in the creative industry (which, for me, has been far more compatible with maintaining a writing practice than the physically and emotionally draining retail role I was in).
Mentoring and training really built up my confidence; reawakened my passion for writing and gave me the push I needed to finish and submit my work, and helped me discover how much I enjoy facilitating. I really cannot overstate the impact the Talent Fund has on my life.
Eliza Clark, 2020