Chosen from more than 35 applicants based across the UK, the a-n members selected to take part in the Writer Development Programme 2019-20 are:

Kitty Bew (Brighton), Joanna Byrne (Leeds), Orla Foster (Sheffield), Jamie Limond (Glasgow), Rachel Marsh (Beaworthy, Devon), India Nielsen (London), Isaac Nugent (London), and Valerie Zwart (Leeds).

Now on its third iteration, the biennial Writer Development Programme focuses on writing for publication and is led by freelance art writer and editor Chris Sharratt, a contributor to, amongst others, frieze, Art Agenda, Art and Education and Sculpture Magazine.

The participants were selected by a panel consisting of Sharratt along with a-n CEO Julie Lomax, a-n Programmes and Partnership Manager Wing-Sie Chan, and 2015-16 programme participant and Assistant Curator at Liverpool Biennial Sunny Cheung.

Discussing the selection process, Julie Lomax said: “There were some very strong candidates for the programme and it was difficult to select just eight. However, after much discussion and debate we settled on a great cohort who we all felt will get a lot out of the experience.”

The 2019-20 programme includes three practical workshops which will take place in different cities, each led by a different writer/editor.

The first workshop is at Coventry ArtSpace on 20 November and will be led by Sharratt. As part of the day’s activities, the participants will visit and write about the Coventry Biennial, which continues until 24 November. The workshop is part of a-n media partnership of Coventry Biennial.

Two further workshops will be scheduled for early 2020, venues to be confirmed.

Look out for updates from the workshops and the Writer Development Programme on a-n News and a-n Blogs.

a-n Writer Development Programme at Home, Manchester, 2016.

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