Spark Young Writers groups
Spark Young Writers groups are writing groups for children and young people interested in any kind of creative writing.
We meet monthly, during term time, across the West Midlands.
Each group is:
- fun! We laugh a lot during the sessions
- friendly and informal
- small – max. 15 children
- led by a professional writer along with an assistant
- varied – your child will do all kinds of writing, from fiction to poetry to playwriting
- working on creative writing rather than spelling or punctuation
- a chance for your child to develop their creative writing
- a way to grow their confidence in their writing
- not assessed – your child will get feedback and suggestions, but no “grades” or “attainment levels” are given
Spark Young Writers groups meet monthly from September to June (10 sessions a year), for 2 hours on a Saturday.
The cost is £60 for the year (£6 a session) and are payable by annual Direct Debit annual as well as BACS transfer, cheque, Eventbrite and PayPal.
Please contact the office if you would like to discuss other options for payment – we have a limited number of bursaries available for those in financial need. Please email emma[at]writingwestmidlands.org if you would like more information.
The groups are now closed to new starters for the current academic year. Booking for the new academic year will open in May 2019.
To receive a notification when booking opens, please complete this short form.
See below for a map of where our groups are plus details below of age ranges. You can also sign up for the Young People and Schools mailing list.
For exact times and dates of each group, please see below.
Groups are divided roughly into school years 3-6 (junior aged children), and school years 7-12 (secondary school aged children.)
If you have any questions about Spark Young Writers, please have a look at our Young Writers FAQs page.
There are opportunities for group members to share their work at events for family members and friends as well as more public events. In previous years, members of the groups have shared their work at the Birmingham Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Coventry Mysteries and Wenlock Poetry Festival. Several have also been involved in publications and regularly submit to Spark Young Writers Magazine.
Where the Spark Young Writers groups take place
Birmingham City 1 (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery) School years 3-6.
Birmingham City 2 (Birmingham and Midland Institute) School years 7-12.
Birmingham City 3 (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery) School years 5-8.
Bartley Green (Newman University) School years 3-6. Fully booked for 2018-19.
Edgbaston (Lapworth Museum of Geology, University of Birmingham campus) School years 7-12
Ledbury (Ledbury Library) School years 5-9
Coventry (The Belgrade Theatre) School years 3-6
Leamington (Leamington Library) School years 7-12
Tamworth (Tamworth Library) School years 6-9
Rugby (Rugby Library) School years 5 – 9
Stratford (The Other Place) School years 7-13. This group is booked via the RSC’s box office.
School years and ages
Year 3 (age 7-8), Year 4 (age 8-9), Year 5 (age 9-10), Year 6 (age 10-11) – Key Stage 2
Year 7 (age 11-12), Year 8 (age 12-13), Year 9 (age 13-14) – Key Stage 3
Year 10 (age 14-15), Year 11 (age 15-16) – Key Stage 4
If you have any further questions about the Spark Young Writers’ Groups please have a look at our Young Writers FAQs page. If you have a question that isn’t on this list, please email emma[at]writingwestmidlands.org. If you would prefer to discuss the groups, you can call Emma on 0121 246 2792.
Young Writers’ group Supporters
For more information about the supporters on sponsors of our Spark Young Writers’ Groups please click here.