Welcome to Writing West Midlands
We support creative writers and creative writing in the West Midlands region.
Writers rarely land fully formed. They tend to need support, advice, editing, training, or just simple encouragement. Writing West Midlands provides all of this and more throughout the year and across the region, whether it be through workshops, Toolkit events, residencies and networking or creative development programmes like Room 204. We work with aspiring, emerging and established writers.
Whether or not they pursue it in later life, writing can be a brilliant way for young people to navigate the world around them and develop confidence. Through in-depth work with pupils and teachers, the Write On! programme helps to establish creative writing at the heart of the curriculum, while beyond the school gates our Young Writers’ Groups and online magazine give aspiring writers the opportunity to road-test and showcase their work.
Festivals and Events
The writing process may be a solitary one, but every now and then literature needs to get out and socialise. Festivals are a forum for new voices, a place to discuss ideas, and a vital meeting place which can build momentum for the sector as a whole. As well as producing the annual Birmingham Literature Festival, bringing a host of respected and emerging talent to the city every autumn, we also collaborate with a rich calendar of other events across the region. Please visit our events page, by clicking here to see upcoming events.
Our work with writers and audiences is only part of the picture. The West Midlands is blessed with some excellent talent, and there’s a whole ecosystem that can help it to flourish. Through partnerships with publishers, universities, galleries, libraries and many others, it’s our responsibility to create clear pathways for new talent and a culture that helps to nurture readers as much as writers.
For as little as £30 a year you can make a real contribution to creative writing and literature activities in our region. Writing West Midlands works with creative writers of all ages to support their development from children aged 8 to established writers. To see options for our Friends membership, please visit our Support Us page.
If you’re looking for ways to support us by offering smaller contributions, you can donate £2, £5 or £10 by text which will go towards supporting our Write On! Young Writers’ groups.
Donate now to help us support the writers of the future! Text WWMS15 £2/£5/£10 to 70070 e.g. WWMS15 £5. Thank you.
To see more of what we do, please have a look at our We Are Writing West Midlands publication
which you can access on Issuu by clicking here.
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Writing West Midlands is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
Writing West Midlands is registered in England as a Company Limited under Guarantee No. 6264124.
Registered Charity No. 1147710.