Our young writers’ projects are crucial to the impact we have across the region. Our work with young people, from 8 to 19+ will help young people develop their creative talents as writers across many forms. Our work includes the following strands of activity:
Writers in Schools
From one-day visits to residencies spanning several terms, hundreds of schools across the region have benefited from this scheme. We draw on a large pool of writers with extensive experience of writing in education, and work closely with pupils and teachers to develop tailor-made programmes. More information can be found by clicking here. If you would like to register your schools interest in taking part in a Spark project, you can fill in our online form here.
“The children were delighted with the opportunity they had to work with a professional writer. The range of games and activities inspired both teachers and pupils.” – St Anne’s RC Junior & Infant School, Birmingham.
Young Writers’ Groups
For those wishing to develop their skills outside the school environment, membership of a Young Writers’ Group provides a supportive network as well as expert advice. We run groups from south Herefordshire right up to Stoke-on-Trent, each led by a professional writer. To see the full list of our groups and to book places, please visit the Spark Young Writers groups page.
“Being part of the Walsall Young Writers’ group means a lot and is a great experience. Mandy [Ross] and Shan [Jones] have helped with my writing skills and confidence. I want to carry on for as long as possible – I have learnt so much.” – Feedback from a member of the Walsall Young Writers’ group.
Young Writers’ Summer School
Our non-residential Summer School runs annually, at the University of Wolverhampton in 2018. Led by two professional writers up to 25 young writers aged 12 to 17 have the chance to take part in creative writing activities which develop skills and confidence across one week. For more information and to book click here.
Spark Young Writers Magazine
We publish work produced by children and young people aged 8 to 20 in our online magazine three times per year. Write On! has strict submission criteria and is professionally edited, giving young people valuable experience of the publishing world. To read previous issues and to find out about the next submission deadline, please visit www.sparkwriters.org.
Several of the writers and staff who work on our Young Writers’ projects are Arts Award Advisors. We are an Arts Award Supporter organisation which means we can provide support, advice and free tickets to events to those who are completing their Arts Award at any level. Those taking part in our Young Writers’ Summer School have the chance to take Bronze Arts Award and we are also looking to introduce this to our Young Writers’ Groups too. For more information about how we can support any young person currently taking or wishing to take Arts Award, please email emma[at]writingwestmidlands.org.
Writing West Midlands is committed to ensuring that all children are given the opportunity to participate fully in organisational activities without being put at risk. To read our Child Protection Policy, please click here. All members of staff and contracted artists are asked to read and sign our Code of Conduct . We expect everyone associated with our activities to behave responsibly, this includes the contracted artists and those taking part in the activities. We reserve the right to temporarily or permanently exclude anyone whose behaviour is unacceptable. We do not tolerate any form of offensive behaviour.