Applications now open for the Write Stuff 2016 – Here’s How To Apply

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Aspiring jazz writers take note: this year’s edition of the Write Stuff, the new writers initiative, is back for its 14th year in November at London’s Southbank Centre with a series of workshops and mentoring sessions held throughout the week of the EFG London Jazz Festival, which runs from 11-20 November.

Founded and organised by Jazzwise and Serious, producers of the festival, the Write Stuff gives new jazz and improv music writers a valuable free opportunity to work with professional journalists to improve their writing skills and develop an understanding of music criticism and the workings of the jazz and mainstream music press and the blogosphere, as well as getting to see a bunch of concerts! The Write Stuff 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 how to run a jazz website, blogging and social media with Jazzwise editor Mike Flynn, 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 gig/concert that you have seen recently, together with a CV and full contact details by Monday 10 October 2016 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ‘The Write Stuff 2016’ in the subject line. Applicants must be 18 years old or over and be available in London on the following dates: Friday 11 November (evening); Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 November and Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 November.

– Mike Flynn

For more info visit www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/the-write-stuff