Spark Young Writers

Creative writing groups, online writing ideas, quarterly online magazine and other opportunities for writers aged 8-18 in the West Midlands.

A project of Writing West Midlands

Join a Group

With 22 groups across the West Midlands, including 2 online-only groups, there will be a Spark Young Writers group near you.

Groups are open to young writers aged 8-17 who are interested in any type of creative writing.

Follow our Story Starters

Updated weekly, our free story starters created by writers across the region will get you writing in new and exciting ways.

Teen Writing Season

Book for our special season of specialised writing workshops to add to your skills repertoire.

Exclusively for young people aged 14-20.

Spark Young Writers Magazine: Latest Issues

Join Spark Young Writers

Spark Young Writers is a project of Writing West Midlands which focuses on supporting young people aged 8-18 with a passion for creative writing.

You can:
– join a monthly creative writing group,
– write for our professionally edited magazine produced three times a year,
– get inspired by our writing prompts,
– find out about other interesting events and activities 

Get Published

If you’d like to submit a piece of your writing for possible inclusion in the magazine, please click below to see more details. The Spark Young Writers magazine is published online three times a year: summer (June/July), winter (October-December) and spring (February-April)

Editor's Pick

Editor of Spark Young Writers Magazine Matilda Blackwell has made the difficult decision of choosing her favourite piece from Issue 19. You can read “raincheck” by Maryam Alatmane here.