Writing East Midlands- The Elder Tree, Lead Writers needed

Writing East Midlands three-year project, The Elder Tree aims will empower groups of older people across the East Midlands to create new work stimulated by museums, archives, heritage spaces, and professional writers. Activity will include story-telling, reminiscence writing, poetry, group reading and role-play, and embody an ethos of celebration and fun. As part of Writing East Midlands wider interest in evidencing how literature can make social change, The Elder Tree, will evaluate ‘how participating in creative writing activity affect feelings of social isolation and wellbeing in older people’ and inform our, and our partner’s, future work.

The project aims to address issues of social isolation and wellbeing in older people, encouraging them to join in group activities focused around arts and culture. It will encourage participants across the region to take inspiration from museums, archives, heritage spaces and professional writers, and create new work in response to them. Elder Tree will consist of a total of 12 Writing Residencies throughout the region and will aim to embody an ethos of celebration, encouraging older people to join in group activities such as story-telling and reading.


There are 12 positions available in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, rural parts of Lincolnshire, Corby and Leicester.


It is envisaged that this position will require a time commitment of one session per week (2 hours each) of up to 10 sessions, though these sessions could be taken fortnightly depending on the host venue’s needs. There is also the allowance for one Planning Day, and all successful applicants who have taken part in the Elder Tree associated training days will get this reimbursed upon project commencement. There is flexibility around timescales due to the requirements of the lead writer and the partner groups, but it is envisioned that the project will have a staggered start from 2019.

A fee of up to £2100 is available for the planning and delivery of residency workshops (£175 per workshop for up to 10 workshops, plus one planning day and one editing day).

Should the successful applicant have taken part in the Elder Tree associated training workshops, an extra fee of up to £350 is available, (£175 will be awarded per workshop attended, there are two workshops programmed in October 2018).

Additional travel expenses are available.



Published on:
29 Aug 2018


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