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New platform to help writers use digital opportunities

  • Date: 13 December 2012
  • Area: National

The Writing Platform, a free online resource and programme of live events, will launch in February 2013 to equip writers and poets with digital news, information and expertise.

The website, which will be edited by writer Kate Pullinger and managed by The Literary Platform, will act as an authoritative resource about writing in the digital age for those at any stage of publishing.

'Writers receive a great deal of contradictory information currently' said Kate Pullinger, 'with regards to an important issue like, for instance, ebook royalties, the industry standard has become 25 per cent, while if you publish straight to Kindle it is 70 per cent. None of this is easy. The Writing Platform will state the facts.'

The Writing Platform was awarded funding through the Arts Council's Grants for the arts programme. Nick McDowell, London Director of Literature, commented:

'The Writing Platform addresses the pressing need for writers to be able to access current, authoritative and impartial digital knowledge. The Arts Council puts the development of artistic talent at the heart of all it does, and this initiative will offer information to today's writers, empowering them to make sophisticated choices about their creative and professional work.'

The website will be supported by a series of writer-focused live events. The first of these took place at Rich Mix in early November 2012, where one of the key themes to emerge from the day was the demand for more writer-centric events. A record of the day can be found here.

The Writing Platform team is keen to hear from writers interested in contributing to the site and in informing the content they would like to see on The Writing Platform. A survey of writers' experiences in the digital world will be running until the launch. To register your interest in contributing, please email and complete the survey here.