Writing West Midlands
Writing West Midlands is the literature development agency for the West Midlands region of England. We support creative writers and creative writing in a range of ways.
We work with aspiring, emerging and established writers to help them sustain their creative careers by offering training sessions, advice and networking opportunities, including through our unique Room 204 Writer Development Programme.
We work with young writers and schools through our Write On! programme, giving children and young people the opportunity to develop their interests in creative writing. This includes working with writers in schools to bring professional writers into classrooms, our out-of-school Young Writers’ Groups network (the largest in the UK), and our online project, Write On! magazine.
Our festivals and events programme builds audiences for literature, including work by writers in our region. This includes the Birmingham Literature Festival, and also works with a network of literature and spoken word festivals across the region.
We run a programme of workshops, both as part of the Birmingham Literature Festival and across the year. These are for aspiring, emerging and established writers and some are run in partnership with the National Association for Writers in Education (NAWE).
We also work to make the West Midlands an attractive region in which to be involved in creative writing and literature. This includes supporting a network of independent publishers, working with universities that teach creative writing, and brokering new opportunities for writers.