"It has set free my writing-style which I was holding back in fear of appearing to try-hard, giving me greater confidence in my own work. It has also helped me refine my novel and given it a more clear-cut direction, which it really needed. I am now excited about finishing as I am confident in the ending, themes e.c.t." Conor Eastop.
Scribble's Scholarship Programme is an initiative I launched to give passionate and creative 16+'s a taste of the writers' revelation revolution.
Successful applicants are awarded a scholarship worth £740. Once enrolled, they have exclusive membership to a private Scholarship hub, granting them free access to all of Scribble Ink’s online courses and eBooks as well as up to 6 Skype consultations for up to 3 months. They can use these tools to develop the literary project they proposed as part of their application submission. At the end of the programme, learners will have at least two internationally recognised certificates of completion and a portfolio of work documenting the development of their literature. Further, they will receive support in marketing their work on Scribble Ink’s main website, social sites and online sites of their choice. Finally, follow-up support will be given through the alumni programme, which includes marketing and publishing guidance, alumni goodies and discounts on Scribble's annual membership scheme for an additional year!
It's an honour to have Conor (I promise that rhyme was an accident) as the first recipient of the award. Conor is a fantastic writer, musician and performer. While keen to bring his novel ideas into fruition, work commitments and the cost of writing programmes have not made it easy. Conor and I took a moment to reflect on his progress so far. Here's what he had to say during our conversation.
Who is Conor?
"I am a Londoner with a BSc in Biology, although I have spent the past five years trying to break out of this rigid scientific training using creative writing and my band. I work as a TA, living in bunkbeds with my equally immature roommate and deliberately seeking out whacky adventures.
When did you discover your passion for writing?
I discovered my passion for writing after moving from Walthamstow to the North London suburbs at the age of 7. After being obsessed with Pokémon and Lord of the Rings, I decided to create my own worlds instead (perhaps because I have a compulsive habit of trying to control the uncontrollable)." Which artistic project (whether literature-inspired or other) are you most proud of and why?
"I want to say the novel I am writing but don’t feel it can be my best work until it is finished. Therefore, I choose the most recent album I wrote with my band (Renewed). Lyrically, it is my best work, and explores my Irish heritage in the melodies.
How has your experience in education impacted on your feelings towards literature and other art forms?
I feel that my scientific education held me back from fully perusing my passion for writing. From sixth form till university graduation, my reading-for-pleasure time was diminished and my writing suffered. Leaving education created a hunger for writing and reading, which I am only now satisfying."
How has your passion for writing impacted on transferable life-skills you use in your everyday?
Writing has helped me in all aspects of my life. It has helped me overcome my last breakup in a way I never expected, filling my thoughts with beauty and creativity instead of ruminations about the past. It has helped me lyrically, and even in the writing of emails for work.
Why did you decide to apply for the Scholarship programme?
After meeting Nadia I felt a great sense of positive, creative energy almost instantly. I knew she had the experience in creative writing to properly advise me on structure, writing style, and marketing. Furthermore, I felt I could trust her to truthfully analyse my work – which is always scary.
How has it helped you so far?
It has set free my writing-style which I was holding back in fear of appearing to try-hard, giving me greater confidence in my own work. It has also helped me refine my novel and given it a more clear-cut direction, which it really needed. I am now excited about finishing as I am confident in the ending, themes e.c.t.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of the programme?
By the end of the programme, I hope to have finished my novel (only 20,000 words to go), and have a completed story that I am truly proud of. This is necessary because I need confidence to properly market my work and make a name for myself. I also want to learn about promotion and self-publishing.
Would you recommend the programme to anyone? If so, then who do you think would be the ideal candidate and why?
I would recommend this scholarship to anyone who, like me, has a passion for creative writing (from prose to screenplays) and wants an opportunity to develop as a writer in a nurturing online environment. The ideal candidate should be creative, willing to accept constructive criticism, and ambitious!"
Describe Scribble Ink in 3 words.
"Nurturing creative guide."
Conor's novel, 'The Pilot and The Retriever' is expected to be completed some time this year. Together, we'll explore the best self-publishing routes, and of course, the eBook will be downloadable from all good websites, including this one. 😉
It's imperative that Scribble reaches out to other young people, ensuring they receive the same support and positive experiences Conor is having. The plan is to extend the scholarship award to those on job seekers allowance, disability income support or in the NEET demographic. Right now, Scribble can only accommodate 1 applicant a year. However, with the right support, scholarships can be extended to approximately 10 candidates a year! Moreover, we'll be able to up our game with more eCourse options, publishing and marketing support, book launches and award ceremonies, higher certification standards, including AQA and CPD...we could even run away days and retreats so that candidates can meet and network in a physical space!
The plan is to extend the scholarship award to those on job seekers allowance, disability income support or in the NEET demographic. Right now, Scribble can only accommodate 5 applicants a year. However, with the right support, scholarships can be extended to approximately 10 candidates a year! Moreover, we'll be able to up our game with more eCourse options, publishing and marketing support, book launches and award ceremonies, higher certification standards, including AQA and CPD...we could even run away-days and retreats so candidates can meet and network in a physical space!
To find out more about how you can support the programme, email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Click the button below to make a donation - all things bright and beautiful are all funds, great and small!
Finally, if you'd like to apply for a scholarship, fill out this scholarship application.
This is the dream. Let's make it happen!