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Spark Young Writers needs a Lead Writer in Oswestry, Shropshire

Work with the Spark Young Writers team and be part of delivering 240 children’s writing workshops across the region.

We are now recruiting for a Lead Writer for our new Oswestry Junior group due to beginning in September 2024. The deadline for the first round of applications is Monday 3rd June 2024, with informal interviews in person or online taking place w/c 10th June 2024.

What does it meant to be a Lead Writer?
Working with a volunteer Assistant Writer, you will deliver a two hour workshop once a month to a group of young writers aged 7 – 11 years old (junior school age). 

Energetic and enthusiastic, we want our team of Spark Lead writers to be ready to share their love of creativity, explore imagination, and help develop the next generation of talent in the West Midlands. 

We can offer some training and mentoring by attending a training session where we cover the basics of child safeguarding, and show you our booking system. We’ll also discuss the breadth of genres we’d like you to cover and offer some ideas about how you might do that. You have the opportunity to observe other writers delivering sessions, and join our group of lead and assistant writers who will generously share successful workshop ideas, and make you feel part of a group of writers who enjoy sharing their experience with others, and with the young people they work with. 

We are looking for people who can easily reach Oswestry on a Saturday morning, despite the weather conditions! We can offer a fee of £110 per session, plus travel expenses (mileage paid at 45p per mile).

Apply through our form below. You will need to tell us why you would like to work with us, and why you’d be a good match. You can also upload your CV (as a word document or PDF) if you have a relevant one.

"It was a great experience, and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to bond with the young people. Seeing them grow in confidence through the process was inspiring."
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Please complete this form to express your interest in working as our Oswestry Lead Writer from September 2024.
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If you’d like to submit a piece of your writing for possible inclusion in the magazine, please see the Get Involved page to see more details. This magazine is published online three times a year: summer (June/July), winter (October-December) and spring (February-April) terms.

Our Spark Young Writers groups for September 2024-June 2025 will soon be available to book. 

Check back soon for details, including news of groups which are brand new for September 2024.

Spark Young Writers can submit up to 500 words of their writing for inclusion in this year’s Anthology. The deadline for submissions is 22nd July 2024. Full details can be found here.

Submissions for the 29th edition of the Spark Young Writer Magazine are also being accepted. The deadline is 29th November 2024.


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