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Creative Writing Workshop Assistant

Spark Young Writers, a project of Writing West Midlands

We are now open for applications for Assistant Writers for our Spark Young Writers group, in particular in Shrewsbury, Ledbury, Evesham and Stoke upon Trent.

Writing West Midlands runs the largest number of creative writing workshops for young people in the country. For 10 years our groups have been growing, and we now run more than 200 writing workshops a year.

We are looking for emerging writers to help inspire the next generation of creative writers. You will help lead one of our Spark Young Writers groups for 10 monthly sessions (2 hours per session), under the guidance of a professional writer. Our groups are limited to 15 participants in libraries, museums and art galleries around the West Midlands. Our groups are for young people between the ages of 7 – 11, 10 – 15 and 12 – 17.

To apply, please complete our online application form and upload a CV to demonstrate your suitability for the post.

Application deadline: ongoing.

This is a voluntary post, but we will cover reasonable travel expenses.

Part of READ On, a Creative Europe project.


Volunteer with us:

We look for people to help out with the running of our public events including the Birmingham Literature Festival (April and October) and our National Writers’ Conference (June). Volunteer roles are limited but if you are interested in literature, have initiative and drive, are confident to work in a team, like meeting the general public and can spare some time to help (many of our events take place during the evenings and at weekends) then we’d like to hear from you.

No specific skills or experience are necessary, but a clean, smart appearance and a friendly manner are a must.

If you would like to register your interest in volunteering for us please click here to fill in our online form. You will be contacted when opportunities come up.

Assistant Writer Opportunities:

Recruitment is ongoing. To apply, please complete our online application form and upload a CV to demonstrate your suitability for the post.

We run a network of creative writing groups for children and young people across the West Midlands. Our Spark Young Writers groups are led by a professional writer along with an Assistant Writer who is looking to gain experience delivering workshops. Groups meet once a month from September to June and we recruit a new team of voluntary Assistant Writers in April/May, with there being occasional opportunities throughout the year.

Please note we are not able to provide voluntary or paid positions to anyone under the age of 18 and due to nature of our team, we are unlikely to provide internships or work experience placements. Please email info[at] for information.