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Young Creative Associates

Young Creative Associates is currently closed for applications

New Writing North is the writing and reading development agency for the North. We support writers and those working with writers across many different artforms including literature, publishing, theatre, television, film, podcasting and songwriting.

Do you have a new creative project you want to launch? Do you have ideas about expanding your own writing practice but are unsure of where to start? Perhaps you want to start thinking long-term about your freelance career? If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.

Young Creative Associates is a new 9-month development programme open to 18-30-year-olds living in the North of Tyne area. The programme is designed to guide and support the next generation of creative industry entrepreneurs in the region.

Over 9-months participants will be supported to explore sustainable routes of self-employment and will develop knowledge of business basics, financial management, fundraising, networking and project development skills. Alongside five developmental group workshops, participants will receive five hours of dedicated one-to-one mentor support and a bursary grant of up to £1000 to put towards business costs.

Who is this opportunity for?

This opportunity is open to 18-30-year-olds. To apply for this opportunity, you must also be registered as a business or freelancer or looking to register as a business or freelancer with support from New Writing North.  

Young Creative Associates is funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority. To be eligible, participants must be living in the North of Tyne Area (Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland) or have their business registered in one of these areas. 

New Writing North strives to be a diverse and inclusive organisation. We encourage people from all sections of our community to apply for our programmes. We particularly welcome Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, disabled, and LGBTQI applicants and those from lower socio-economic and working-class backgrounds. 

What will be expected of Young Creative Associates?

As a Young Creative Associate, you will need self-motivation and a willingness to put time aside each month for workshops, mentor meetings and developing your creative project.  

At the end of the programme, we will support participants to share their experiences and learnings and, if ready, exhibit their new projects. In becoming a Young Creative Associate, you will belong to a peer-support network where you can continue to build connections and working relationships with fellow associates. 

What we are looking for 

This is a very open call because we want creatives to tell us what they want to do with the opportunity. However, we think some guidance about similar ways we have supported creatives might be helpful when you are thinking about your project proposal. These include:   

  • Setting up a magazine, publication or small press 
  • Setting up a new event, e.g. a spoken word night, or group e.g. a writing development group 
  • Developing your writing practice by becoming a practitioner or facilitator, e.g. a writer keen to work as a facilitator, set up their own writing workshops, set up as a copywriter  
  • Developing your writing practice in a new direction, e.g. creating a theatre piece; film; artistic project linked to writing 
  • Developing a new media project, e.g. starting a podcast, developing your digital content creation

You might apply to do a project that includes a combination of the above, or a brand-new idea that we have not thought of. We want to be led by you and we are keen to ensure that this opportunity supports artists to build skills and have the capacity and to develop and launch creative projects that may be otherwise difficult to do.  

Frequently asked questions

  • What are the attendance requirements? 

Successful applicants will be required to attend at least five hours of mentoring; complete their five development sessions and attend an evaluation session at the end of the project. You may attend these sessions digitally.   

  • How many people are on the programme? 

We are looking to recruit a small but dedicated cohort of Young Creative Associates in 2023 and will be accepting places based on the quality of applications.  

  • How are workshops facilitated? 

We will work with the cohort to decide how best to deliver the developmental workshops. There will always be the option to attend workshops digitally, and we will have ‘live’ and pre-recorded elements.  

  • I’m not sure if my creative project fits the requirements? 

That’s okay! We know that there are brilliant ideas that might not have even crossed our mind yet. We encourage anyone with an idea for a creative project to apply or to attend the Zoom meeting and talk to us.  

  • Can I still apply for this opportunity if I am not based in North of Tyne? 

Unfortunately, not. The Young Creative Associates project is funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority and therefore applicants must be based in Newcastle, North Tyneside or Northumberland.