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News and Opportunities for Writers: September/October 2019

News: The Ruppin Agency has launched the Writers’ Studio, a nationwide mentoring scheme for developing writers of fiction, YA and narrative non-fiction. Over 30 mentors, including prize-winning and bestselling authors, offer a range of options designed to help writers get to the next level, from a first full draft to being submission-ready. Monthly mentoring sessions […]

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Room 204: End of 2018 Good News

The Room 204 writers have had a very successful 2018. After some prompting, they shared with us some of the brilliant work they have done this year. It seems to have been a very busy year for the cohort and we are more than proud to share their good news with you. Applications for Room […]

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Room 204 18/19 writers announced

We are delighted to reveal this year’s cohort of Room 204 writers. With over 170 applications, competition was very tough, and we’re very excited by the talent on show from the 15 writers who make up this year’s group. The group will undertake a year-long programme of writer development, and join over 100 writers who have […]

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Room 204: From Our Own Alumni

As we recruit the new group of Room 204 writers-in-development with our open call for submissions, we asked some of our previous Room 204 writers to tell us a little bit about what they gained from being part of the scheme. Don’t forget the deadline for submissions for this year’s scheme is 28 February! We’ll […]

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Birmingham Literature Festival announces journalist and writer Sathnam Sanghera as Guest Curator

The award-winning journalist and author of The Boy with the Topknot will take on the role of Guest Curator for the 2018 Birmingham Literature Festival (4-14 October). Birmingham Literature Festival, which celebrated its 20th year in 2017, has today announced that journalist and writer Sathnam Sanghera will join the team as Guest Curator. Sathnam, who […]

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Room 204: End of 2017 Good News

We recently put a call out to our Room 204 cohort, asking them to offer up some good news they have received over the past couple of months. They’re a ferociously modest bunch, but – after a bit of nudging – we were completely taken aback by their recent successes. They’ve got boxes of prize wins. […]

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University of Birmingham confirms 3 years of support for National Writers’ Conference

University of Birmingham confirms 3 years of support for National Writers’ Conference The University of Birmingham has confirmed it will continue its support for the annual National Writers’ Conference, run by Writing West Midlands. Previously The Writers’ Toolkit, The National Writers’ Conference is the annual focus for writers in the Midlands and beyond, attracting over […]

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