writers at work

Hay Writers At Work: Call Out

Hay Festival is inviting new applications for Hay Writers at Work, its professional development opportunity for Welsh writers, in partnership with Literature Wales, funded by Arts Council of Wales.

This opportunity for professional development for Welsh writers will take place during the Hay Festival, which runs from Thursday 23 May to Sunday 2 June 2019. The fully programmed week will allow selected writers to attend masterclasses, workshops, and to network with UK and international writers, publishers, press and agents. The unique gathering of the publishing industry that takes place at Hay will enable selected writers to create new work, increase confidence, skills, and to form peer group support. We also expect new networks to be created that can aid Welsh writers in navigating the changing ways the publishing industry works in a digital age. There is no age restriction.

Hay Festival invites applications from poets, fiction (all genres) and non-fiction writers in English and Welsh. Eligible applicants are Welsh writers (born, schooled, or currently living in Wales) who show a clear commitment to professional development via evidence of publication.

A Writers at Work Bursary will cover accommodation, travel from within Wales and subsistence on site. The festival site is fully accessible for wheelchair users and performance venues are fitted with induction loops. Guide dogs are permitted. All accommodation will be booked by Hay Festival, but participants must make their own travel arrangements; costs for travel will be reimbursed.

To apply, please include:

  • A writer’s biography – including professional experience, publication/s and publishers (no more than 200 words).
  • A statement outlining your commitment to professional development as a Welsh writer and how a place on the Writers at Work scheme will enhance this (no more than 200 words).
  • A short outline of your current project or work in progress (no more than 200 words).

Your application should not exceed two double spaced sides.

Closing date: 5.00 pm, Friday 22 March 2019

We only accept electronic applications.
Applications delivered by post and late applications will not be considered.

Please send your completed application to: haywritersatwork@literaturewales.org