Founded and organised by Jazzwise and Serious, The Write Stuff has been running for 14 years, providing new writers aged 18 to 25 with a vital opportunity to work with professional journalists to improve their writing and get an insight into the world of music criticism. The programme is free, and takes place during the EFG London Jazz Festival.
The Write Stuff sessions have previously been delivered by writer and BBC broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise editors Jon Newey and Mike Flynn. The programme also features sessions from other journalists, musicians and industry figures who can share more insights not only on writing, but on the broader industry. Participants also get the chance to attend a range of events and meet artists performing at the EFG London Jazz Festival; this year they carried out an animated interview with American trumpeter Theo Croker and his band before their gig at Rich Mix.
Moving forward, The Write Stuff aims be not only an intensive programme for improving writing skills, but to examine the changing nature of music journalism, interrogating its position within an increasingly digital world. Participants will work with a range of journalists, from social media champions to traditional print media, to reflect the varied and exciting new landscape of music criticism.
Previous Write Stuff participants have gone on to have pieces published in The Guardian, The Wire and Jazzwise as well as work within the wider music and broadcasting industry.
To take part in this year's programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.