Opportunity for disabled writers to receive mentoring + tutorial with a literary agent!

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Cher_Alumni
Cher_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,715 Championing
edited July 2021 in People power

The team at Curtis Brown Creative are offering a Breakthrough Mentoring Programme for Disabled Writers, and you just might be who they are looking for.

A person sat writing in a notebook with their legs crossed

According to the Curtis Brown Creative website:
This nine-month mentoring programme is part of The Breakthrough Writers’ Programme – our outreach initiative for under-represented authors.

This mentoring will run from October 2021 to July 2022 and seeks to support five aspiring authors through one-to-one guidance from a published author-mentor, plus a tutorial with a literary agent.

Mentoring sessions will take place via Zoom/phone calls. We are able to make accessibility adjustments to the programme if required.

For example, by providing a British Sign Language interpreter.

Are you interested?  Then, have a read through the eligibility and application guidance and prepare to wow your readers.  

Applications close Sunday 19 September.  If you do apply, good luck!  :)

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  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 55,952 Championing
    edited July 2021
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    @Cher_Scope wow thankyou for posting this 
  • Cher_Alumni
    Cher_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,715 Championing
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    No problem @Sandy_123 Are you thinking of applying?  :)
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 55,952 Championing
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    I've emailed them and will consider applying 
  • rigavitch
    rigavitch Community member Posts: 24 Connected
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    If only this was for screenwriter/filmmakers as I stopped writing my book and decided to write  feature film script instead! Is Autism considered a disability?

  • Cher_Alumni
    Cher_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,715 Championing
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    @rigavitch Some people with autism identify as disabled, and others don't (it varies person to person).  However, this particular opportunity uses the Equality Act 2010's definition of disability to determine eligibility.  This considers:
    A person...  has a disability if—
    (a) [they have] a physical or mental impairment, and
    (b) the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on [their] ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
    So if you think the above applies, then I'd encourage you to go for it :)
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 55,952 Championing
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    @Cher_Scope I'm so busy getting my written work ready to send off, crossing the ts and dotting the I s, I've 9 days left before its sent, just thought I'd give you an update lol.
  • Lisatho11987777
    Lisatho11987777 Scope Member Posts: 5,874 Championing
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    @Sandy_123 well done ket us know how it all goes exciting lol x
  • Cher_Alumni
    Cher_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,715 Championing
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    @Sandy_123 Aww brilliant!! Honestly, I'm so happy you're going for it and wish you all the luck in the world! Whatever happens, if you enjoy writing make sure to keep on doing it.  You could be the next JK Rowling  :D<3
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 55,952 Championing
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    I'm not so sure lol, but it's my plan for this evening to get as much writing sorted, ready
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,926 Championing
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    Hi @Cher_Scope

    Thanks for posting this great opportunity for anyone who wishes to get into the writing industry. 

    Good luck to anyone who wishes to apply!  :) 

    Out of curiosity, if you are interested in this opportunity, what topics do you like to write about?
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 55,952 Championing
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    Well sent it off just now. Eek. I'm expecting thankyou but no thanks lol.
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,926 Championing
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    Oh @Sandy_123, I am sure your work will be fabulous! Good luck  :) I am excited to hear how you get on if you are happy to share with me!
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 55,952 Championing
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    Thanks @Teddybear12
  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,615 Scope online community team
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    @Globster might be of interest to you?
  • Globster
    Globster Community Volunteer Host, CP Network, Scope Member Posts: 2,560 Championing
    edited September 2021
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    @Richard_Scope
    Thank you Richard I have already submitted an application for the opportunity and waiting to find out if I have successful
    I would wish anyone else who has submitted an application good luck as well?
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 55,952 Championing
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    Good luck @Globster
  • Globster
    Globster Community Volunteer Host, CP Network, Scope Member Posts: 2,560 Championing
    edited September 2021
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    @Sandy_123
    Good luck you as well to you as well Sandy 123 have my fingers crossed for both hope we are lucky to receive the opportunity of gaining the mentorship could be life changing for us both in pursuit of starting our careers as authors

  • Globster
    Globster Community Volunteer Host, CP Network, Scope Member Posts: 2,560 Championing
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    Hello Scope online community
    Unfortunately, I have not been successful in mentoring writer programme but never mind least I tried I will dust myself down and look for another opportunity to show my short stories off get seen 
    @Sandy_123
    Have you had any news on your application @Sandy123?

    Look forward hear from you soon 

  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,443 Championing
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    Sorry to hear that @Globster- keep your head up!
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 55,952 Championing
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    Hi @Globster I had email to say they received 100s of applicants, not mine this time, we havnt lost anything. Mine wasn't ready as it should of been.