IN PERSON Writer Training: Public Funding for Creative Writers (March 2022)

with Jonathan Davidson

Saturday 19 March 2022: 10am – 1pm

Writing West Midlands office, Zellig Building, Custard Factory complex, Gibb Street, Birmingham

(3 hours of teaching in total)


With numbers strictly limited to 8, this course will look at what types of writing projects might attract public and private funding and how to make a good application. It will focus on funding from Arts Council England through their Lottery Project Grants scheme and their Developing Your Creative Practice scheme.

The course will look at the qualities of a fundable project, making a case for funding, preparing a budget and how to complete key sections of applications forms.

This course is intended for writers at all stages of their careers, including beginners.

Previous participants said:

“In terms of helping me consider the possibilities for arts council funding for my creative practice and my artistic/writing projects this was possible the best money I’ve ever spent. The course leader’s knowledge and experience of these matters was very impressive and I also learnt from the other attendees. A great couple of half-days.”



Jonathan Davidson has worked in arts administration for over thirty years. He has worked on a range of funding applications, specialising in funding literature and creative writing projects. He is Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands, where his work includes assessing applications for writing opportunities. He also runs his own project management company and is currently Chair of the National Association of Writers in Education.



The workshop will take place in person, at the Writing West Midlands offices at Zellig building, Custard Factory complex, Gibb Street, Birmingham.

Places will be limited to 8.

The space is large, and will be well ventilated.

An online alternative to this in-person workshop is also available. Please book that online version if you would feel more comfortable. See all courses available at:


Short courses 2022:

We are running a mix of short courses and workshops online and in person, so you can choose to attend the session you are the most comfortable with.

All our short courses and workshops are priced at £15 per taught hour.

We understand that not all writers are able to pay for their writing courses to further their career, and we run a Bursary Scheme as a consequence. If you feel you need a bursary, please contact us:


Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you do not complete the course. No partial course ticket is available.

Online and in-person Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

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Writing West Midlands


19 Mar 2022