We are excited to launch our inaugural Writers in Residence programme. As part of our commitment to supporting early stage writers, City Academy are offering time and space to write with dedicated support from Head of Writing Jon Barton, within a growing community of fellow writers. The aim of these residencies is to offer the support that writers actually need over a longer period of development.

A total of four residencies will be awarded annually. Two places will be awarded to writers able to demonstrate a commitment to developing one piece of work over a period of six months, starting in January. A further two writers will be selected in June.

“I am very excited to launch this opportunity for writers looking to reflect on their work and receive feedback on a one-to-one basis. Our aim is to build confidence and enable artists to complete something longer: perhaps a manuscript for a novel or a screenplay. What is true is this is an opportunity for City Academy to open its doors to exceptional writers that can benefit from further support”

Jon Barton, Head of Writing

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The Writers in Residence programme includes:


- Access to a hot desk at our Head Office in Clerkenwell.
- Regular feedback sessions with a dedicated mentor.
- One free place on a Developers course (Creative Writing, Scriptwriting or Novel Writing).
- A six month Writing Club pass for the duration of the residency.
- A chance to showcase the writers work to a wider audience at the end of the residency.
- One free place on a writing course to the runner-up.
- Optional Feedback on any work published or produced throughout the residency.

How to Apply


*We are not currently accepting submissions*
Applications are currently closed for the 2020 residencies. To find out when our submission process reopens, please sign up to our monthly newsletter.

Please also note that this opportunity is only open to Writing Department alumni. Graduates of Developers course options or Novel Writing remain eligible and may apply with the same project if they wish.