Budding music writers listen up! This year’s Write Stuff music journalism course will return for its 16th edition, with workshops held at the Southbank Centre during the EFG London Jazz Festival‘s opening and closing weekends, on 17-18 and 24-25 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 an invited 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 both the Jazzwise and festival’s websites, and one review considered to be of particular merit will be published in a subsequent issue of Jazzwise.
If you are interested in participating in the Write Stuff please submit by email a 300-word review of a recent gig/concert, together with a CV and full contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 October 2018 with ‘The Write Stuff 2018’ in the subject line. Applicants must be aged 18 to 25 and be available in London on the following dates: Friday 16 November (evening); Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 November and Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 November.
Photo by Emile Holba of saxophonist Tia Fuller being interviewed by Write Stuff participants