In October, we were delighted to represent The Writing Coach at the Creative Future Writers’ Award Ceremony and Writers’ Day. Held at the Southbank Centre as part of the London Literature Festival, The Creative Future Writers’ Award was founded in 2013. As an annual development programme, it celebrates talented, under-represented writers from a variety of backgrounds, who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, health or social circumstance. Winners are chosen by a panel of industry experts and given the opportunity to develop their writing through mentoring, training, coaching and assessment. Prizes are awarded for short fiction and poetry and winning submissions are also published in an anthology, available as a hard copy and e-book.
As partners of the Award, this is something we at The Writing Coach are passionate about! We are proud to be an official partner of the Awards each year, and our founder Jacqui Lofthouse is delighted to offer two annual prizes. For the past three years, we have mentored two winning writers. This year, our prizes were for the Silver Award winners. We so enjoyed attending the award evening in October. This was hosted by writer Dorothy Koomson and poet Joelle Taylor and our prizes went to writer Karrish Devan and to poet Karen Downs-Barton. We are excited to be working with them.
It was a real pleasure to listen to the readings given by this year’s prizewinners and wonderful to be in the presence of such talent, a hugely moving experience.
It’s always our absolute pleasure to work with Creative Future. We are proud of the work we do with the winners, such as Natalia Theodoridou. This is one of the ways we continue to support under-represented writers. We also have annual scholarships for our membership ‘Inside Story’ which will be launching in January. We can’t wait to see what this year’s winners will achieve in their future writing careers.
On Sunday 23rd October, we returned to the Southbank Centre for the Creative Future Writers’ Day. This fantastic event brought together writers, publishers and literary professionals to share advice and initiatives in a day of talks and panel events.