Adopting or sponsoring a writer also makes a great gift. See all the options below.
We believe that stories are what makes humanity truly great. Stories are the fuel that power our world. And the only way to a truly fair and equal society is if all voices are heard – especially those whose voices are under-represented, or those who have not been offered the same opportunities due to income, background, gender, or ethnicity.
Our sponsorship programme relies on the donations of lovely people like you and redistributes these funds to marginalised and minority writers who struggle to find the time, space or resources to write. We magically transform your donation into online creative writing courses, resources and support for those who need it but can’t access it.
As an added bonus, we match fund the value of everything donated to the sponsorship fund. So if you give us a quid, we put another quid’s worth of retreats or courses in the pot.
Want to donate your own amount? Select a one-off £1 donation and change the quantity at the checkout (we’re soooo high tech)
What does a Writers’ HQ sponsorship give me?
Our bursary offers 6-12 month access to our full whammy catalogue of online writing courses so you can work through as many of them as you’d like in your own time. From flash to short fiction to plotting, writing, editing and publishing a novel, we’ve got you covered. PLUS membership access to our private student forums, and general care and attention from the WHQ team.
How do I apply?
There’s a form down there. We ask you to answer a handful of questions, submit 2,000 words of your writing and a short personal statement.
How are the applications assessed?
We read them all in-house and try to distribute our bursary funds to pretty much everyone we can. In an ideal world everyone would get everything, of course, but we do the very best we can to help out as many people as possible in each round of allocation. Expect to hear back from us within 2 weeks of the deadline. Unfortunately we can’t enter into correspondence or give feedback on applications, but feel free to re-apply if you weren’t successful the first time.
How many sponsorships are there?
Ah. Well. That depends on donations. Some periods there might be three, some there might be thirty. We are always looking for ways to broaden our pool of resources and have recently added a brand new 12-month Writer Development Package (keep your eyes on this page for updates on the next submissions date!).
Can I have the cash instead?
No mate, soz. Writers’ HQ bursaries are given in the form of course access only. There are no cash alternatives. But there are SO many benefits to being a WHQ member. You’ll see.
Who is a Writers' HQ bursary for?
You! Anyone! We prioritise the following:
- People who are physically disabled in some way
- People who are neurodivergent or have a mental illness
- People from a minority or persecuted community
- People living in a low income household (typically defined as a household earning under £15,000) and/or in receipt of social security
- People with a criminal record
- People who are the primary carer for another human with high needs (including children)
- People who are struggling in other ways and just really need to write some kickass stories.
What are the deadlines and dates and things?
Application deadline: 31 March 2021
Application deadline: 30 June 2021
Application deadline 30 September 2021
Application deadline 31 December 2021
12- month Writer Development Package
Application deadline: TBC
(Applications for the next round close 30 September 2021)
Our bursary is not means tested, nor do we perform any background checks. Just tell us a bit about you, your writing, and your situation, and we’ll do our best to help.