Kingston Writing School aims to enhance its working relationships with existing partners and to develop more partnerships and residencies across the UK, especially in the greater London area.
Ace Stories is an Arts Council funded project run by Jay Clifton in Brighton. Among other things, the project holds regular readings and performances at the Pellaroco Hotel in Brighton featuring well-known writers (including Scott Bradfield, James Miller and Rachel Cusk from Kingston Writing School among others) supported by up-and-coming writers in an intimate setting on the seafront. The readings are enhanced by an in-depth interview with the headline writer by Jay and capped off with a musical performance by a local artist.
The British Council, Athens and London
In Partnership with the British Council in London and Athens, KWS offers one, two and four week courses in Creative Writing as part of its Athens Annual International Creative Writing Summer School. Individual courses take place in June in both Athens and Thessaloniki and are devoted to Fiction, Non-Fiction, Flash Fiction, Scriptwriting and Poetry as well as ‘Mixed Genre’ and Writing for Children. Each course offers evening workshops Monday through Friday with student readings at the end of each course. Workshops are limited to a maximum of 12 students. KWS Faculty includes Paul Bailey, Adam Baron, Siobhan Campbell, Rachel Cusk, James Miller, Aimee Parkison, Paul Perry, Catherine Smith, Maurice Walsh and others.
- See KWS and British Council websites for details or contact Dr. David Rogers in the UK or Irini Vouzelakou in Greece.
Byte the Book
KWS is pleased to continue its professional partnership with Justine Solomons and Byte the Book. Byte the Book seeks to assist writers in their quest of publication through its contacts with agents and publishers and by giving writers the tools and contacts to help them self publish. It also educates those in the business of publishing in the latest developments in technology and connects writers and publishers with other creative industries. Byte the Book runs monthly events at the Club at the Ivy, which are free to members. . Justine also provides special bespoke seminars and workshops to students of Kingston University MA Publishing and Creative Writing as part of KWS’s residency programme.
Creative Future, Brighton provides training, mentoring and the chance to publish or exhibit to talented people who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, health or social circumstance. KWS supports its efforts and especially its Creative Future Literary Awards - funded by the Arts Council - by working with Kingston University Press to publish the work of winners in Spark and providing opportunities for them to read in the KWS weekly reading series.
Kingston Writing School is pleased a new partnership with the literary agency Marjacq Scripts, a small, but growing, full-service literary agency co-founded by the late George Markstein, an esteemed novelist and scriptwriter in the 1960s, 70s and early 80s, best known as a writer of thrillers and spy novels (and perhaps best of all as co-creator of THE PRISONER with the late Patrick McGoohan). To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the agency, Marjacq is teaming up with KWS for a new competition – The Markstein Prize - which looks to identify fresh, new voices among the talented students and alumni of Kingston University’s MA, MFA and PhD courses
Rhythm & Muse
Kingston Writing School supports the monthly poetry and music event, Rhythm & Muse. Founded in 2007 by Alison Hill, Rhythm & Muse is fast gaining a reputation as a particularly innovative and lively event for poets and performers to come together. Kingston University students are regular performers, with one of Kingston's own undergraduate writers recently talent-spotted and asked to read for Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.
Kingston Writing School and the Rose Theatre, Kingston combine to present a series of interviews with major writers conducted by Richard Cohen, one of the School's visiting professors. Richard has interviewed Hilary Mantel, Sebastian Faulks and Elif Shafak and has more planned for the coming year. Interviews take place in the late afternoons and early evenings in the main theatre of the Rose. In addition, postgraduate Creative Writing students and staff provide monthly lunchtime readings in the Culture Cafe of the Rose, free of charge to the public.
Military Writing Network
Led by Siobhan Campbell, a poet in the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing, the Military Writing Network brings together several organisations and individuals who seek to encourage, develop and value creative writing by veterans, ex-combatants, current serving personnel and their families. These include AtEase, VIP, Combat Stress, Allies in War and FLOW - Forces Literature Organisation Worldwide as well as SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen Family Association). The Military Writing Network has hosted the Forces Stories and Poems Competition in conjunction with SSAFA and the chapbook of winning writing was launched at an awards event on 10th May 2011 with guest speakers General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue KCB and Dr David Rogers, founder of Kingston Writing School. In conjunction with MWN writers, KWS is also facilitating the generation of a public archive which will host the important social document created by this writing.
- Bush Theatre
- Bristol Short Story Prize
- Collaldra School of Writing
- Flare Productions: Women of Power series
- Galley Beggar Press
- Hampton Court Palace
- Kingston Connections
- Kingston Publishing
- Kingston University Press
- Legends Press
- Litro Magazine
- Myriad Editions
- No Dead White Men (Kingston MFA Creative Writing blog)
- Poetry Magazine
- Tellus Magazine
- The Best American Poetry
- University of North Carolina
- You Press
- Youth Tell Us
What our staff say
"Kingston Writing School will serve as the foundation for us to continue to grow and to work with professional journalists, writers, publishers and academics beyond the University. It will allow us to enhance our links with a wide range of organisations as we continue to establish as inclusive and open a community of writers as possible."
Dr David Rogers
Head of School of Humanities