Write On! Young Writers’ Groups
Write On! Young Writers’ groups are creative writing groups for children and young people interested in any kind of creative writing. Groups are focused on creative writing rather than on spelling or punctuation.
Each is led by a professional Lead Writer working with an Assistant Writer. Write On! Young Writers’ groups give young writers the opportunity to share and develop their writing in small, friendly groups. Members from Young Writers have shared their work at the Birmingham Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Coventry Mysteries and Wenlock Poetry Festival.
If you have any questions about Write On! Young Writers, please have a look at our Write On! Young Writers FAQs page.
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 up to two hours, some in the mornings and some in the afternoons. Groups are divided into ages 8 – 11, and 12 – 16. There is a charge of £5 per session which is paid on the day of each session and bursaries are available. Groups are limited to 15 participants. Please note that from April 2015 the price per session will rise to £6.
They usually meet in an arts or cultural space (theatre, art gallery, museum, library, etc.). We run Young Writers’ groups across the West Midlands, from Hereford in the south west to Stoke-on-Trent in the north of the region. Current groups are listed at the end of this page.
Many of our Young Writers’ Groups during 2013/14 to 2014/15 are being run as part of our Midlands Young Writers Programme, an initiative jointly managed by Writing West Midlands and Writing East Midlands and generously funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
How to join
To register your interest in one of our groups we ask that a parent or guardian of potential Young Writers’ members fill in our booking form, to access this form please click here.
Once we receive your completed booking form, we’ll get in touch to confirm details. Places are limited, current groups are listed further down this page with notes of those that are fully booked. If you are interested in a group that is fully booked, please fill in the form as we can add you to a waiting list and get back in touch as soon as a place becomes available.
Please note: we are a small team and due to popular demand of the Young Writers’ groups; it may take us a few of days to process your form and get back to you to confirm details.
If you have any further questions about the Write On! Young Writers 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 on 0121 246 2774.
If you are looking for a group for those aged 16 – 19, we will be starting a Young Writers’ Foundation Group for this age group in January 2015. More details and to register your interest can be found by clicking here.
Where the Young Writers’ groups take place
Here is a map of where the Write On! Young Writers’ group take place, further details of each is below:
Edgbaston (Winterbourne House & Garden)
A group for those aged 12 – 16 that meet one Saturday afternoon a month for 2 hours from 2 – 4pm at Winterbourne House and Garden in Edgbaston with Roz Goddard.
Birmingham city centre
Groups meeting at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Learning Zone, for those aged 8-11 and one for those aged 12-16. Led by Helen Calcutt, Garrie Fletcher and Naylah Ahmed. The younger age range meet one Saturday morning a month (10.30am – 12pm) and the older age range one Saturday afternoon a month (1.30 – 3.30pm).
Bartley Green, South Birmingham
A group for those aged 8-11 , led by Juliet Clare Bell and meeting one Saturday morning a month from 10.30am – 12pm at Newman University, Bartley Green. Supported by The Grimmitt Trust.
The Black Country
A group for those aged 8-14, led by writer Mandy Ross. They meet one Saturday morning a month from 10.30am – 12pm at The New Art Gallery Walsall’s Art Library.
A group for those aged 12 – 16 that meet one Saturday afternoon from 1.30 – 3.30pm at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, led by Elisabeth Charis.
Stratford-upon-Avon – fully booked from September 2014 – June 2015
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. Places for this group need to be booked directly through the RSC and only block booking 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.
A group for those aged 9 – 14 led by Lorna French, meeting one Saturday afternoon a month from 1.30 – 3.30pm at Rugby Library. In partnership with Warwickshire Libraries.
A group for those aged 10 – 14 meeting at Polesworth Abbey one Saturday morning a month from 10.30am – 12.30pm, led by Alex Townley.
Worcester – 8 – 11 group is fully booked from January 2015
Groups for those aged 8 – 11 and 12 – 16 meeting at The Hive in Worcester city centre one Saturday a month. The 8 – 11 group is led by Jenny Hope and they meet during the mornings (10am – 12pm). The 12 – 16 group is led by Ian MacLeod and they meet on Saturday afternoons (2 – 4pm).
Pershore – fully booked from September 2014
A group for those aged 8 – 11, meeting at Pershore Library one Saturday morning a month from 10.30am – 12.30pm led by Brenda Read-Brown.
A group for those aged 12-16 led by writer Jean Atkin, meeting one Saturday afternoon a month from 2 – 4pm at Kidderminster Library. Supported by The Grimmitt Trust.
There are two groups (8 – 11 and 12 – 16) running in Hereford. They meet in Hereford Library, the younger age range are led by Deborah Alma and they meet in the morning (10.30am – 12.30pm) and the older age range is led by Katy Moran and they meet in the afternoon (1.30 – 3.30pm).
Telford & Wrekin
Telford – fully booked from October 2014
A group for those aged 8 – 11 led by Kate Long meeting one Saturday morning a month from 10.30am – 12.30pm at Oakengates Theatre, The Place, Telford.
A group for those aged 10 – 16 led by Emma Purshouse meeting one Saturday morning a month from 11am – 1pm at City Central Library (Hanley). Supported by The Grimmitt Trust.
Burton-upon-Trent – fully booked from October 2014
A group for those aged 8 – 11 led by William Gallagher. They meet one Saturday morning a month from 10.30am – 12pm at Burton Library.
If you don’t live in an area 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!
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 will be starting at Birmingham City University’s Parkside campus in January 2015. 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.
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.