Twelve-month Writers in Residence scheme

Gain experience and skills in long-form writing on our Writers in Residence scheme at our flagship title, Roman Road LDN magazine.


Start dates: Rolling, and we can accept up to four writers at any one time. If there is a waiting list, we can inform you when a slot becomes available.
Positions: We can accommodate four writers at any one time
Apply to: Email



Deepen your skills in pitching, researching, interviewing and writing.

Join our monthly editorial meetings to collaborate with the team and other Scheme members.

Benefit from the leads, contacts and opportunities we can offer as the leading local publisher.

About the Writers in Residence scheme

The Writers in Residence Scheme is a year-long placement for emerging writers and journalists seeking personal support, training and mentoring needed to deepen their long-form writing skills, gain confidence and build a portfolio of work.

Writers in Residence are valued members of the editorial team are invited to a monthly editorial meeting where they’ll get the experience of pitching and developing ideas as a group.

Writers will receive detailed feedback and training with on-page S.E.O and online writing.

Writers are required to submit one long-form article per month. You will be encouraged to follow your interests within our editorial values and voice.

  • Heritage articles
  • Cultural features
  • Arts reviewer
  • Interviews


Duration: 12 months

Pay: No cost and no pay

Commitment: Attend a monthly meeting and submit a monthly feature

Location: Editorial meetings are held in our office in Bow.

To apply: Please email


How does being a Writer in Residence differ from being a Citizen Journalist?

Our Writers in Residence scheme is for people who are working towards a career in journalism. It is 12-month commitment with an agreement to produce regular work on a monthly basis in return for training, mentoring and opportunities. Our writers are considered part of the editorial team and receive bylines.

Citizen journalists are members of the local community who do not necessarily have any journalism skills. They are local residents who want to highlight an issue or share a personal passion on an occasional basis. Their byline is ‘Citizen Journalist’ and their name is mentioned in the standfirst eg Citizen journalist Lois Lane…’  There is no commitment to produce work over a set period of time and we do not feedback on our edits.

What are we looking for?

Anyone collaborating with Social Streets must be socially minded with an interest in community, identity and belonging.

We will expect to see a portfolio of previously written work and we will ask you to produce a feature as a test piece as part of the application process.

Are you office-based?

Writers in Residence work remotely but live close enough to visit our patch as necessary in order to:

  • Conduct the research, interview or reviews necessary to complete the work
  • Attend our editorial meetings in person.
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Gem Stokes Founding member of Writers in Residence Scheme 2020

Gem Stokes is an English literature student at QMUL and lives off Roman Road. An emerging journalist, Gem edits the music column for the university’s CUB magazine. She loves vegan food and is passionate about supporting the local community.  “Supporting local, independent businesses is essential to the growth of the local economy, and I saw no better way to do that than to utilise my voice as a writer to encourage others to shop and eat locally, too. I love that the magazine shares my ethos and I feel at home as a citizen journalist at Roman Road LDN.” Gem is using this opportunity to expand her craft in writing. “Writing for Roman Road LDN has proved to be a profound experience. I have developed my writing skills, improved my confidence in interviews, and widened my vocabulary for talking about good food. I really enjoy the collaborative style of editing, feeling like I’m working alongside my editor, rather than under them. I’ve discovered some really great restaurants and met some really great people, and I can’t wait to discover more.” See all of Gem Stokes work here.

Siri Christiansen Founding member of Writers in Residence Scheme 2020

Writing for Roman Road LDN gave me the confidence to pursue journalism and helped me create a portfolio at a credible magazine, to showcase my skills. It helped me get into my master’s programme and get a position as an editor. It was a thorough introduction into the full working process of professional journalism; from independently researching and pitching stories to interviewing, transcribing and writing articles. The feedback I was given after each story helped me understand how to write in an engaging, accessible way, and helped me shed my dry academic style of writing. The thing I enjoyed the most was the creative independence and responsibility I was given despite my lack of experience; instead of being handed mundane tasks, I was given creative liberties which are rarely rewarded to beginners in journalism.