Get ready for the Write Stuff - 2019 Applications Now Open

Mike Flynn
31 July 2019

Budding music writers listen up! This year’s Write Stuff music journalism course will return for its 17th edition, with workshops held at the Southbank Centre during the EFG London Jazz Festival’s opening and closing weekends, on 16-17 November and 23-24 November.

Founded and organised by Jazzwise and festival producers Serious, the Write Stuff gives new jazz and improv music writers a valuable free opportunity to work with professional journalists to improve their writing skills, develop an understanding of music criticism and the workings of the music press and blogosphere, as well as getting to see a bunch of great concerts! We’re on the hunt for a new generation of younger writers aged 18-25, who will attain an Arts Award qualification following a successful completion of the course.

The workshops will include sessions on feature writing and live reviews by Jazzwise writer and BBC broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre; an insight into the history and development of the UK jazz and music press with Jazzwise editor-in-chief Jon Newey; and a workshop on online journalism and career development with Jazzwise editor Mike Flynn and a special guest, alongside input from other writers and jazz industry figures.

Several Write Stuff participants have gone on to have pieces published in The Guardian, The Wire and Jazzwise, as well as work within the wider jazz and broadcasting industry. This year’s participants will have their work posted on the Jazzwise and festival websites, and one review of particular merit will be published in a subsequent issue of Jazzwise.

To apply to take part, applicants should please submit by email a CV and completed application form (downloadable from the following web page: www.serious.org.uk/what-we-do/learning-and-participation/access/the-write-stuff ) which should contain a 300-word review of a gig/concert that they have recently seen, to learning@serious.org.uk with the subject line ‘The Write Stuff’. Applicants must be aged 18 to 25 and be available in London on the following dates: Friday 15 November (evening); Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 November and Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 November.

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