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News and Opportunities for Writers: October/November 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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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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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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TLC Free Reads

We’re open to submissions for this year’s TLC Free Reads! The deadline for submissions is Monday 2 December 2019, 12 noon.   What is it? Supported by Writing West Midlands, the TLC Free Reads scheme is a free manuscript assessment for writers on a low income and/or who are under-represented in publishing. The TLC Free […]

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Young Presenters at Birmingham Literature Festival

  Birmingham Literature Festival is pleased to offer a small group of young people aged 15 to 19 the opportunity to find out how a literature festival works. You’ll get hands-on experience of running the festival, preparing an event, looking after an author, presenting to an audience, and being part of a team working together […]

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