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Industry Insider – How to create your own writing residency

7 December 2021 @ 14:00 - 15:00 GMT

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Performance storyteller Cat Weatherill talks to writer Merryn Glover and poet Jo Bell, about the practical approaches authors can take to set up their own writing residency project – and make it pay. These are tough financial times post Covid, and many of us are looking for ways to generate income. But is this a viable source?



  • Welcome, housekeeping and introductions by Cat Weatherill (5 mins)
  • Panel discussion with Merryn Glover and Jo Bell (30 mins)
  • Questions from the audience (20 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments from Cat Weatherill (5 mins)


What will this session cover? 

  • How do you begin to make a residency happen? Who do you need to approach?
  • How ambitious should you be in your proposal?
  • What do organisations want? What are their expectations?
  • Is it financially worthwhile doing these projects or do authors initiate them for other reasons?



Who is this session for? 

Have you ever wandered around a heritage site, museum or landscape and thought ‘I would love to do some work here but how could I ever make that happen?’ If so, this session is for you, showing how others have taken such an idea and made it a reality.


Send us your questions in advance 

If you would like to send questions in advance, email lbrendfish@societyofauthors.org   with ‘Writing Residency’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.


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The Line-Up 


Cat Weatherill

Cat Weatherill is a best-selling author and performance storyteller. She enjoys the freshness of short projects and most recently enjoyed a commission from the Royal Shakespeare Company, creating stories from archives within the Costume Department at Stratford Upon Avon. She is the storyteller-in-residence at Blenheim Palace.

Website catweatherill.co.uk  | Twitter @catweatherill  




Jo Bell – Poet, Broadcaster

Jo Bell is a poet and occasional broadcaster, best known for her global online workshops including the 52 project. Her residencies have included poet-in-residence posts at Derby Royal Hospital, Glastonbury Festival, Women’s Aid, Stratford on Avon railway station – and the whole of the UK canal system, as the first UK Canal Laureate.

Website: jobell.org.uk | Twitter: @Jo_Bell



Merryn Glover – Author, Poet, Playwright

Merryn Glover writes fiction, drama and features, with work broadcast on Radio Scotland and Radio 4. Her first novel A House Called Askival is set in India, where she grew up, and her second, Of Stone and Sky is set in the Spey valley where she now lives. In 2019 she was Writer in Residence for the Cairngorms National Park and her current community project is The Storylands Sessions – organising regular local storytelling and music events. She is writing the Hidden Fires:A Cairngorms Journey with Nan Shepherd due out in spring 2023.

Website www.merrynglover.com | Twitter @MerrynGlover



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During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar; you will not be visible on screen but will be able ask questions via the Q&A function or interact via the chat box
  • This event will be recorded but you won’t be on screen
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event is 60 minutes.

After the event

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  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel



Book your place using the registration form below.

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7 December 2021
14:00 - 15:00 GMT
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