Artful Scribe: Writer In Residence, Poole

Writer in Residence at Poole Museums, ArtfulScribe

  • Closes 29th November 2019
  • Contact: Matthew West
  • Fee £5,000 (plus £1,000 for printed material)

ArtfulScribe and Poole Museums are excited to announce a new vacancy for a Writer in Residence to work with Poole Museum staff, residents and visitors from January 2020 as part of the Do:Write Literature Development Project in Dorset. 

Poole Museums are inviting proposals from writers who are seeking to develop their practice through working in a heritage environment and collaborating with multigenerational communities. The Writer in Residence will need to creatively engage with staff, setting, and visitors and be confident in a public setting. They will also be advocates for the role museums can play in inspiring, challenging and stimulating visitors and local people.

The residency will take place at Poole Museum and is on the basis of one day per week for a year (January – December 2020). A final delivery schedule will be agreed between the Writer in Residence and Poole Museums upon appintment.

Poole Museums are at a pivotal point as they embark on a major capital project to transform existing spaces to meet the needs of increasingly wider audiences.

Poole Museums are also the lead partner in the Wessex Museums Partnership. In 2020 we will be undertaking work towards creating a joint exhibition about Thomas Hardy’s Wessex. 

The successful proposal will engage with the above and the project work documented for public display or shared in a museum setting.

The aims of the residency are to:

  • Offer the writer an opportunity to develop their practice as part of a collaborative process with visitors to Poole Museums
  • Enable Poole residents and visitors to respond collaboratively and creatively
  • Produce work that can be publicly displayed and / or shared in response to the collaborative experience
  • Continue to support the work of the Wessex Museums Partnership, working alongside Poole’s Community Curator.

Collaborative Framework and Timeline

The writer will have research and development time at the start of the residency. This can be on or off-site and the writer will need to schedule this time as part of the application process. Poole Museums are happy to facilitate access to any archives, buildings or community organisations the writer may feel will aid their research for the project.

The writer residency itself will take place during 2020 with agreed days to be confirmed. A suitable space will be provided for the writer to work in, accessible to visitors to Poole Museums. It is expected that the writer will deliver some outreach workshops to produce work reflective of the residency. Poole Museums are also happy to faciltate, where possible, visits by or to identified community organisations the writer wishes to engage as part of their work.

There will be regular opportunities to discuss progress with Poole Museums throughout the project, as well as quarterly appraisal meetings for evaluation.


  • Documented multigenerational community engagement of Poole residents and visitors
  • An end written piece, product or creative record of the project suitable for public display
  • A monthly online creative journal documenting the project’s aims, processes and outcomes

The writer will retain copyright of the work. 


During the Residency, the selected writer will primarily engage with visitors to Poole Museums. The age and number of participants involved will therefore vary throughout the project. It is hoped that the selected writer will propose further ways to broaden the engagement reach of the project through outreach.

Eligibility Criteria

We are looking for writers working in any genre with previous experience of community engagement work. Applicants should be inspired by and interested in sharing their work within the heritage environment.

Experience of working with a range of intergenerational groups is important along with enthusiasm and highly developed interpersonal skills.

Selection Criteria

Proposals should be dynamic, ambitious and inspiring. They should reflect the desire to enter into a dialogue with visitors to Poole Museums and present how the Residency will benefit the writer’s practice as well as the project participants.

Proposals must demonstrate and address the following points: 

  • how Poole residents and visitors will be involved in the project
  • suitability of current practice with regards to the environment in which the work will be produced and displayed 
  • experience of developing work as a result of a participatory process 
  • innovative ideas for working with mixed community groups 
  • ability to adopt a flexible approach 
  • intention of recording their process and experience


The writer will be paid £5,000 during the residency inclusive of travel. A further budget of £1000 will be available for materials such as any printed outcomes.

The writer will be employed on a freelance basis and be responsible for their own tax and NI. The writer will also need to have her/his own public liability insurance. 

To Apply

Applicants are asked to submit the following information by 25th November 2019 on xx via email to


  • Supporting letter outlining your interest in the project, detailing your relevant experience
  • Current CV 
  • Web links to up to four examples of your work with one sentence for each explaining the relevance of the work to this project 
  • Statement of approach


Short-listed candidates will be contacted invited to attend an interview on 11th December 2019. Interviewees will be asked to draft a delivery timeline and to present a workshop plan based on a 2hr community session. The interview panel will be made up of two representatives from Poole Museums and a representative from ArtfulScribe.


Closing date: 
Friday 29th November 2019
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