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News and Opportunities for Writers: June 2020

With many events and festivals cancelled, the writing community has transferred a lot of its activity online. Search on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #amwriting or similar and you’ll find lots of resources.  News from Room 204: Annabel Brightling (2019 intake) and her writing group Script Sirens have a produced a four-part dark comedy […]

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Writing West Midlands reveals the 2020 cohort of Room 204

We are delighted to announce the new cohort of 15 Room 204 writers-in-development, who join over 130 others who have been part of the scheme since its inception in 2012. Every year, Writing West Midlands opens its doors to submissions from emerging writers from across the West Midlands region, writing in all genres, from poetry […]

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Coronavirus: suspension of all events till May

In line with the Government and Public Health England’s advice of Monday 16 March, we are suspending all public activity due to take place in March and April. This includes: All Spark Young Writers’ groups meeting across the region Short courses and writing workshops for adult writers Room 204 writer in development gatherings Everyone with […]

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Read On Young Presenters

Young Presenters Have you ever fancied interviewing your favourite author? Or wondered what happens behind the scenes at a literature event? Here’s your chance to find out! We will train you up and let you loose on a day of Birmingham Literature Festival events. With expert training you will soon be ready to introduce events, […]

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Read On Fan Fiction

Fan Fiction The subject of this year’s Fan Fiction Lab is The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud. Define Fan Fiction: Fan Fiction is where you take elements from an existing story and write a new story. So you might take existing characters and put them in a whole new world. Or you might invent […]

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Room at the Top: A Writer’s Week in the Rotunda

We asked Birmingham Poet Laureate, Richard O’Brien, to tell us a bit about his residency in the Rotunda in central Birmingham, which he did in January 2019.   If you spend much time in Birmingham and you’re anything like me, ‘what actually goes on in the Rotunda?’ will undoubtedly be one of your biggest questions […]

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