Winchester Writers Festival launches scholarship scheme

Hampshire Chronicle: There are ten scholarships available for the event at the University of Winchester. There are ten scholarships available for the event at the University of Winchester.

EMERGING writers in Winchester can receive support with the introduction of a new scheme.

The University of Winchester Writers’ Festival has launched a Festival Scholarship Scheme for writers aged 18-25 who may benefit from attending the festival to help launch their careers.

There are ten scholarships available, worth £375 each, for the event on June 20-22 at the University of Winchester.

Now in its 35th year the festival aims to nurture new and established creative writing talent with workshops, talks and one-to-one appointments with around 60 literary agents, commissioning editors, bestselling authors and publishing experts.

Judith Heneghan, festival director and senior lecturer at the University, said: “It gives young writers the opportunity to network with each other, improve their craft, develop new work and learn more about the publishing process. Many young writers are highly motivated; we want to nurture their talent and help connect them with industry experts and each other.”

Applications for the scheme close on March 31 and for more information go to writersfestival.co.uk.

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