Here’s a Haun is a pilot project that randomly pairs people working in the literature, languages and publishing sector to give them a helping hand in making connections and informally learning from one another, thereby building resilience and boosting health and wellbeing.
The randomised pairing aims to recreate the serendipitous connections we make by bumping into people in line for a cuppa at in-person events. It also avoids any notions of gatekeeping as there is no matching process.
This second phase of the pilot is open to literary freelancers and/or writers and people working at all levels in the literature, languages and publishing sector in Scotland, including LAS members.
If you’re a salaried employee, this is a voluntary opportunity.
If you’re a literary freelancer and/or a writer, it’s a paid opportunity at £10 per session (for up to three) and we have 34 paid places available.
Participants will be randomly paired to connect informally via Zoom (or another video call platform) or on the phone, for up to three sessions of 50 minutes each from mid Dec 2021 to end of Feb 2022.
How to apply
If you’re interested in taking part, please apply using this Google Form before midnight on Mon 13 Dec 2021.
If for any reason you’re unable to complete the Google Form, please email Jenny on email@example.com
The form includes questions on what you want to get out of the experience, as well as what you’ve been reading, watching and listening to.
If you’re randomly paired to take part in the pilot, these four responses will be shared with your paired participant as a helpful conversation prompt for your first meeting.
How it works
Google Forms automatically populates the information from your application form into a spreadsheet. Then we’ll draw lots like a raffle by writing each row number on a piece of paper, folding it up and putting them all in a bowl before drawing two at a time to pair participants.
We’ll notify each paired participant by emailing them an information sheet to share contact details and the responses to the four questions in the Google Form. Then it’s over to each pair to schedule their meetings dates (up to three) within the timeframe.
To get the most out of the project, we recommend that you chat for 50mins. This will give you each, separately, five minutes before you start to consider what you’d like to talk about and five minutes at the end to reflect on what was discussed.
We’d encourage you to make notes during this reflection time to help you complete a short feedback form, which we’ll send towards the end of Feb. The LAS Zoom account can be available for your meetings.
Please be mindful that:
- The informal sessions are about having a conversation and creating a meaningful human connection by listening to and sharing your personal and/or professional experiences (as you see fit) in a respectful, honest and non-judgemental space
- This is NOT a mentoring or a coaching programme, the meetings are not to fix people’s problems, nor are they an opportunity for writers to get editorial feedback
- The pairings are randomised so there is no matching involved, therefore you may already know the person you’re paired with.
- We suggest meeting up to three times over the timeframe, but it’s flexible if you end up meeting once or twice.
- Meetings are confidential. If they’re held on Zoom or another video call platform, they should not be recorded
- Once meetings are scheduled they must be kept, except in an emergency. Please respect each other’s time.
- Some topics may not be open for discussion. We suggest you agree to use the word ‘veto’ as a safe word for any topics you’re not comfortable discussing. If your paired participant says ‘veto’ at any point during the conversation, you should immediately change the subject.
- If you live close by to your paired participant and want to meet in-person (and if it is safe and in line with government guidance to do so) each participant is responsible for buying their own food and drink. We can, however, help with travel and other costs. See the Access Fund section below.
- You can contact Jenny Kumar at any point if you feel that the pairing isn’t working, or that work/life commitments no longer allow them to continue. Please email Jenny on firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to make this project as accessible as possible. To help ensure that writers and freelancers can take part in the project, we will fund up to three meetings at a rate of £10 per meeting. You’re eligible for this if the majority of your income comes from freelance work or writing.
Our Access Fund is open to all participants, and we can help you set up Zoom auto captions. Please add any accessibility requirements (for example captions, BSL interpretation, childcare and other caring or respite costs, and local travel costs) in the application form and Jenny will be in touch.