The Phoenix Programme applications close 12 pm April 12, 2021.


The Phoenix Programme is an accelerator programme designed to cultivate the next generation of young, ambitious writers from across the United Kingdom.

Diverse writers have often been systematically excluded from the publishing industry and lack the resources and capital to take their work to the next level of scale and potential. As a result, many of these aspiring writers, authors and storytellers do not benefit from having the platform to share their creative work with the masses.

We aim to change the narrative by helping young people between the ages of 16-25 with their writing goals over an intense 4-month Bootcamp. As part of the programme, a group of 30 hand-picked individuals will be given the opportunity to develop their virtual writing skills, personal brand and pitching capabilities alongside industry experts. They will then have the opportunity to publish their own original pieces with Apple, in collaboration with the major editing houses in the UK.



The Phoenix Programme is all about empowering the voices of those who are from diverse backgrounds, giving young people the opportunity to share their stories and experiences on a wider platform.

In order to achieve this, the following criteria applies:


You must be between the ages of 16-25 at the time of application.

You must be available for the entire duration of the programme to take part.

The programme will run on GMT timing and is exclusive to residents of the United Kingdom





Designed by the programme team at Supa Network, the curriculum offers writers the opportunity to develop key skills to help them navigate their writing career. Taught by writers, storytellers and content creators from across the industry, our cohort will have the opportunity to learn, and put into practise, some of the essential skills needed to take their work to the next level.


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Programme applications will go live

Applications close

Programme starts

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20th April - 25th May 2021 


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Essential Writing Skills: Nailing the foundation
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Game Changer: Personal Productivity and Performance Workshop
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Pitch Perfect: Writing an Effective Pitch
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How to build your Personal Writing Brand
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Monetizing Your Writing
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Marketing Your Writing
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1st June - 15th June 2021


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Challenge 1

Challenge 2

Challenge 3

Articulate, Articulate

The Art of Pitching

One Man Band

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23rd July - 27th July 2021
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4 week writing period

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Post-production & Editing
27th July - 10th August
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Reading Club
Friday 13th August
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Friday 20th August
Industry Celebration Event


From bestselling authors to editors at the top of their game, our mentors from across the writing and content creation industry will be offering their guidance, support and resources to our cohort over the course of 4 months.

Aude Konan

Writer of My little sister (Ma petite soeur). Award-winning writer, writing scripts and articles for Complex UK, Okay Africa and The Guardian. 

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Anne-Laure Le Cunff

Founder at the Ness Labs. Work has been feature in WIRED, Forbes and more. 

Jessica Noah Morgan

British NCTJ-accredited journalist, Forbes 30 Under 30 2021 candidate, writer, editor, broadcaster, speaker and brand consultant based in Essex. 

Steph Smith

Leading and The Hustle and writer.

Nicholas Cole

Writer and author achieving 100 million writing views. Founder and CEO of Digital Press.

Nancy Adimora

Talent and Audience Development Manager at HarperCollins. Founding Editor of AFREADA.

Dickie Bush

Building ship30for30, writer, macro investor.

Julia Hobsbawn

Author of the award-winning bestseller The Simplicity Principle: Six Steps Towards Clarity in a Complex World and founder of  Content & Connection business Editorial Intelligence.

Sophia Thakur

Sam Conniff

Award winning poet and author of global #1 bestseller. She has shared her stories on the TEDx stage, Glastonbury, MTV, Google, Facebook and over 50 universities across the world. 

Multi-award winning serial social entrepreneur, and co-founder and former CEO of Livity, Don’t Panic and Live Magazine. Co-author of How to Be More Pirate, 

Layla Haidrani

Multi-award-winning writer and editor with a specialism in underreported stories. Featured in British VOGUE, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, VICE and many more.

Alice Lemée

Freelance content writer and copywriter for consumer tech companies, executive coaches, and entrepreneurs. Author of weekly newsletter Internetly.