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Write On! Young Writers’ Groups

Write On! Young Writers’ Groups are writing groups for children and young people interested in any kind of creative writing. They are led by a Lead and Assistant Writer and the focus is on creative writing rather than on spelling or punctuation.

With individual writing time and the chance to work collaboratively, the groups enable young writers to develop their creative writing skills and improve their confidence with their writing in a friendly environment. Constructive feedback from both the Lead and Assistant writers as well as other group members is encouraged.

Write On! Young Writers’ Groups run between September and June each year, they take a break over the summer. They meet monthly one Saturday a month for two hours, some in the mornings and some in the afternoons. Groups are divided roughly into ages 8 – 11, and 12 – 16 and places are limited to 15 participants.

Meeting in arts or cultural spaces such as theatres, art galleries, libraries and museums; our network of Young Writers’ Groups can be found all across the West Midlands from Hereford in the south west to Stoke-on-Trent in the north of the region. Full details of our groups for 2015/16 can be found further down the page.

There are opportunities for group members to share their work at events for family members and friends as well as more public events. In previous years, members of the groups have shared their work at the Birmingham Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Coventry Mysteries and Wenlock Poetry Festival. Several have also been involved in publications and regularly submit to Write On! Magazine.

If you have any questions about Write On! Young Writers, please have a look at our Write On! Young Writers FAQs  page.

 

Where the Write On! Young Writers’ groups take place

Birmingham

Birmingham city centre  
We have several groups in Birmingham city centre. There are 8 – 11 groups meeting at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Learning Zone led by Garrie Fletcher and Ben Davis one Saturday morning a month. Then we have a group for those aged 12 – 16 that meet one Saturday afternoon a month at Ikon Gallery, led by Lorna French. For dates and details please head to the Birmingham Young Writers’ page.

Bartley Green, South Birmingham
 

A group for those aged 8-11 , led by Juliet Clare Bell and meeting one Saturday morning a month at Newman University, Bartley Green. Supported by The Grimmitt Trust. For more details please head to the Bartley Green Young Writers’ Group page.

Edgbaston
A group for those aged 12 – 16 that meet one Saturday afternoon a month at Winterbourne House and Garden with Roz Goddard. For dates and details please head to the Edgbaston Young Writers’ Group page.


The Black Country

Walsall
A group for those aged 8-14, led by writer Mandy Ross. They meet one Saturday morning a month at The New Art Gallery Walsall’s Art Library. For dates and details please head to the Walsall Young Writers’ Group  page.

Wolverhampton
A group for those aged 12 – 16 that meet one Saturday afternoon from 1.30 – 3.30pm at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, led by Ruth Stacey. For dates and details please head to the Wolverhampton Young Writers’ Group
 page.


Warwickshire
      

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A group for those aged 12 – 16 meeting one Saturday afternoon a month at The Belgrade Theatre, led by Kate Edwards. For dates and details please head to the Coventry Young Writers’ Group  page.

Stratford-upon-Avon
A group for those aged 12 – 16 led by writer Sue Brown that meet one Saturday morning a month from 10.30am – 12.30pm at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Places for this group need to be booked directly through the RSC and only block booking  for the full ten sessions is available. You can buy places in person at the Box Office, or by calling the box office on 0844 800 1110. Please note that although the Box Office at the RSC will take your contact details when booking, we will also ask parents to provide an email and contact number during the sessions in case we need to contact you for any changes or problems during and between the sessions. For dates and details please head to the RSC’s website.

Rugby 
A group for those aged 9 – 14 led by William Gallagher, meeting one Saturday afternoon a month from at Rugby Library. In partnership with Warwickshire Libraries. For dates and details please head to the Rugby Young Writers’ Group page.

Polesworth 
A group for those aged 10 – 14 meeting at Polesworth Abbey one Saturday morning a month, led by Alex Townley. For dates and details please head to the Polesworth Young Writers’ Group page.


Worcestershire

Worcester
We have two groups in Worcester, one for those aged 8 – 11 who meet on a Saturday morning once a month and one for those aged 12 – 16 meeting one Saturday afternoon a month. Both groups meet at The Hive in Worcester city centre. The 8 – 11 group is led by Jenny Hope and the 12 – 16 group is led by Nina Lewis. For dates and details please head to the Worcester Young Writers’ Groups page.

Pershore
A group for those aged 8 – 11, meeting at Pershore Library one Saturday morning a month, led by Brenda Read-Brown. For dates and details head to the Pershore Young Writers’ Group page.

Kidderminster
A group for those aged 12-16 led by writer Jean Atkin, meeting one Saturday afternoon a month at Kidderminster Library. Supported by The Grimmitt Trust. For dates and details please head to the Kidderminster Young Writers’ Group page.


Herefordshire

Hereford
We have two groups meeting in Hereford. There is one led by Sara-Jane Arbury for those aged 8 -11 and there is one led by Katy Moran for those aged 12 – 16. The younger group meets one Saturday morning a month and the older group one Saturday afternoon a month at Hereford Library. For dates and details please head to the Hereford Young Writers’ Group  page.


Telford & Wrekin

Telford
A group for those aged 8 – 11 led by Kate Long meeting one Saturday morning a month at Oakengates Theatre, The Place, Telford. For dates and details please head to the Telford Young Writers’ Group page.


Stoke

Stoke-on-Trent  
A group for those aged 10 – 14 led by Emma Purshouse meeting one Saturday morning a month at City Central Library (Hanley). Please note that the group will move to the Emma Bridgewater Factory in January 2016. Supported by The Grimmitt Trust. For dates and details please head to the Stoke Young Writers’ Group page.

 

Staffordshire

Burton-upon-Trent
A group for those aged 8 – 11 led by Lindsey Bailey. They meet one Saturday morning a month at Burton Library. For dates and details please head to the Burton Young Writers’ Group page.

 

To see a map showing the locations of our groups, please click here. If you don’t live close to a Write On! Young Writers’ group but would like to join one, please fill in the booking form and we’ll see what we can do!

 

How to join
Booking to join one of our Write On! Young Writers’ Group is now open. Please click the button below to be taken to the booking form.

To take part in our groups it is £6* per person per session. Payment isn’t taken at the point of booking but you will be asked to indicate how you’d like to pay. Here are the payment options for 2015/16:

Monthly Direct Debit payment – £6
Annual Direct Debit payment – £54 ( for ten sessions)
Monthly BACS payment – £6
Annual BACS payment – £54 (for ten sessions)
Pay as you Go – £6 per session on the day

Once you have completed the booking form and let us know how you’d like to pay, you will be contacted to arrange payment.

*A limited amount of bursary places are available to join our Young Writers’ Groups. Please email joanne[at]writingwestmidlands.org if you would like more information. 


Booking for places in our Stratford-upon-Avon group is done directly through the RSC’s box office and payment is taken at the point of booking. If you are interested in this group, please call the RSC on 0844 800 1110 or you can book in person at the box office which is located at the RSC Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BB.

If you have any further questions about the Write On! Young Writers’ Groups please have a look at our Write On! Young Writers FAQs page. If you have a question that isn’t on this list, please email joanne[at]writingwestmidlands.org. If you would prefer to discuss the groups, you can call Joanne or Jonathan on 0121 246 2774 / 0121 246 2770.


Are you aged 16 – 19 and interested in a Write On! Young Writers’ group for your age range?

Our Young Writers’ Foundation Group for those aged 16 – 19 takes place at Birmingham City University’s Parkside campus. More details are here.

A little history
Our groups were inspired by the Writing Squads developed in Wales over ten years ago by Literature Wales (formerly the Academi). Similar groups are now also run by New Writing South and Cyprus Well (in the South West). A very successful writing squad for young people aged 16+ is run in Yorkshire currently being expanded to include the North West and North East.


Our Writers

To find out more about some of the writers involved in the Write On! Young Writers, please click here.


Frequently asked questions

To see our FAQs for the groups, please click here. If you have a question that isn’t on this list, please email joanne[at]writingwestmidlands.org.

 

The Write On! Young Writers’ Groups are generously supported by these local businesses and partners.

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Warwickshire logos for Polesworth and Rugby The-Belgrade-Logo Herefordshire Council 


New Art Galery Walsall  Staffordshire County Council  RSC  Telford Council  Newman University   Polesworth Abbey 


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Supported by the Institute of Creative & Critical Writing at BCU   Ikonstoke_box_logo_cmyk1

 Emma Bridgewater Factory    University of Birmingham    Supported using public funding  by Arts Council England  

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