WHO WE ARE
Sunderland Creative Writing CIC is a non-profit community interest company formed in 2021 to act as an umbrella for creative writing and creative writer development in Sunderland. This is aimed at those exploring creative writing for the first time, through to those looking to professionalise their writing and move to publication and performance.
WHAT WE’VE DONE
SCW is an umbrella organisation which builds on our previous successful work in this area over the past seven years. This includes:
Two month-long Festivals of Creative Writing in the city, the last of which drew over 500 people from all over the north easy to masterclasses, workshops, and performances.
The Holmeside Writers group, which has now run continually for seven years, and regularly draws over twenty people to its meetings, and has included masterclasses and discussions with novelists, playwrights, performance poets, graphic novelists, and directors of physical theatre.
Collaborations with the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, working with a contemporary visual artist, with the BBC working to find and support storytellers for a regional event, working with the University of Sunderland’s Forward Press in a project bringing together artists and found objects in their studio and writers producing creative work inspired by it, working with a project run out of Newcastle University’s Geography department about how place is expressed through different art-forms, and more.
Our first funding applications are being submitted at the moment, and we can give more detail here once we know the outcomes – but if successful, the first will be an exciting new step in developing and professionalising creative writing in the city.
The current Covid-19 pandemic means that planning face to face events is not an option at this point, but once that becomes an option again, we will be looking to develop on the work above with further events. (Holmeside Writers has continued to run virtually throughout the pandemic)
GETTING IN TOUCH
If you’re an organisation looking for a partner to work with in Sunderland to develop writers and their writing, or you need some help to reach a community of writers, or you would like to offer an opportunity to writers, please do get in touch.
For now our first planned events will draw upon talent that we will be identifying. If wider opportunities do come up we will make an open call-out and advertise it here and on social media, and would be interested to hear from writers who might contribute. At this point though, we’re not looking for individual submissions from writers.
Please also note that we are not a literary consultancy, and do not offer any manuscript appraisal opportunities or editing services, or promotion of work.