Penguin Random House UK is looking to find, mentor, and ultimately publish new writers from communities that are under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves. This includes writers from BAME and LGBTQ communities, and economically marginalised writers.

150 writers across the UK will be invited along to three insight days in London, Birmingham and Manchester to hear from published authors, literary agents, book sellers and editors, who will share their knowledge, expertise and experience. Writers will also get one-to-one feedback on their work from a Penguin Random House editor, and the opportunity for longer-term mentoring.

The project is called WriteNow and it will give 150 writers across the UK the opportunity to attend one of three insight days in London, Birmingham and Manchester (that’s 50 at each location). This will give unpublished writers one-to-one time with editors and access to literary agents, booksellers and published authors. Ten exceptional writers will go on to benefit from a year of mentoring with the ultimate goal of having their book published.

The first workshop will take place in London on 1st October and applications are open until Friday, 2 September, 2016.

Interested? Find how more, including how to apply and what criteria you must meet to apply, at the initiative’s official website.

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