Festival company offers a helping hand to local writers

Spring Fling Visual Art Festival Arrives in Edinburgh, 10/04/2015:'Marjorie Lofti Gill - writer in residence.'Photography for Spring Fling from: Colin Hattersley Photography - colinhattersley@btinternet.com - www.colinhattersley.com - 07974 957 388
Spring Fling Visual Art Festival Arrives in Edinburgh, 10/04/2015:'Marjorie Lofti Gill - writer in residence.'Photography for Spring Fling from: Colin Hattersley Photography - colinhattersley@btinternet.com - www.colinhattersley.com - 07974 957 388

Thanks to the Wigtown Festival Company, there are some amazing opportunities on offer for writers in Dumfries and Galloway.

The company together with the Upland Arts Development CIC are seeking to appoint a writer-in-residence for this year’s flagship open studio event.

The chosen writer will be expected to take part in the annual Wigtown Book Festival held in the autumn.

The residency was launched last year when Edinburgh poet Marjorie Lofti Gill was selected.

Now the two organisations are offering this opportunity for the second time with the aim that the new residency will deepen the relationship between them and the audience.

The chosen writer would be expected to attend all three days of the Spring Fling at the end of May and also visit the region for a similar length of time for research purposes before the event.

Applications are invited from writers with a track record working in any medium including fiction, creative non-fiction, theatre and poetry.

Applications must be received by 12noon on Tuesday, February 223 and submissed to jane@wigtownbookfestival.com.

Also thanks to funding from Creative Scotland the Wigtown Festival Company is able to offer a mentoring scheme to writers.

Applications are being invited from committed writers to gain support and advice from leading professionals.

Applicants need to submit examples of their work either published or unpublished for consideration.

Writers of any age can apply but young people between 14 and 26 are particularly encouraged to apply for the chance to be guided by an experienced professional.

Applicants should send a 1,000 word sample of writing along with a 500 statement of why the writer would benefit from mentoring along with full contact details and experience to jane@wigtownbookfestival.com before 5pm on February 19.