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Doncaster Creates - ‘a dynamic arts programme beginning in 2020, will reveal and nurture the creativity that Doncaster has and hosts – developing ideas for the future, talent, skills, new audiences and participants. People from all backgrounds will experience world-class arts that they will remember and act upon: people re-imagining - regeneration through great art’

Mike Stubbs (Creative director) 
Juliet Farrar (Executive director)

‘Doncaster New Writer Programme’ - 26th November 2020 - 20th March 2021

As Booker’s ‘Out of London’ partner, Doncaster will be hosting a series of events through the Doncaster Creates initiative. Following on from the announcement of the Booker Prize winner, 19th November, and as a continuum from the Doncaster Hosts Booker ‘Open Mic’ Event on 26th November, the search for a ‘Doncaster New Writer’ will be announced ‘Doncaster New Writer’ is the opportunity for people from Doncaster (a ‘not previously professionally published’ writer) to be mentored by Fiona Mozley - shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.

An open call for submissions from potential mentees (living in or from Doncaster) will be officially launched on 26th November (at the Doncaster Hosts Booker ‘Open Mic’ event) and will be championed across Doncaster by our wide range of creative, community and education partners. Submissions, samples of work and a statement regarding how the programme will help personal development as a writer will be received by Monday 11th January 2021. We would emphasise that the timeline proposed for the menteeship obviously does not allow for the production of a whole new work. Instead,  it might be about :

- opening chapter(s) and /or  scoping a ‘whole work’, progressing something previously started or a short story.

To be considered for the programme, the submission requested would be:

- 500 words describing the project the Writer Candidate intends to work on with the Author Mentor, what they hope to get out of the mentoring programme, and what sorts of writing they have done so far;

-a sample piece of work of no more than 2,000 words - absolute maximum; if the type of writing the writer candidate does is much more concise (which is very welcome) the submission can be much less - there is no minimum. The Author Mentor will be looking for quality and not quantity.

The programme offered by the Author Mentor will consist of :

a)   Preparatory Tutorial - mentee submits and talks through proposed project  (including how they arrived at the proposal, perceived challenges and desired outcomes / directions of travel);

b)   ‘Work in Progress’ tutorials 1 & 2  - progress check coaching sessions;

c)    Final Work Review - a chance for the mentee to receive final notes on a ‘close to final draft’.

Announcement of the award of the menteeship, selected by Fiona Mozley as Author Mentor will occur in early February 2021 - both finale and legacy of our  ‘Doncaster Hosts Booker’ partnership: A small event to celebrate the resulting work will take place e.g. Doncaster New Writer - ’In Conversation’ with Fiona Mozley.

“To apply, email with your material.”