SOLD OUT: Birmingham Teen at The Exchange for 2023-24

This group is sold out, but we are starting a new group in January at The Roundhouse, Central Birmingham. You can find more information here. If you book for the Exchange group, we will apply your booking to The Roundhouse group instead.

This sold out group is aimed at young people in school years 7 – 13 (aged 11 – 18). 

Led by writer Andrea Mbarushimana with an assistant writer, the group will meet in The Exchange from 1.30 – 3.30pm on the following Saturdays:

9th September 2023
14th October 2023
11th November 2023
9th December 2023
20th January 2024
3rd February 2024
9th March 2024
13th April 2024
11th May 2024
8th June 2024

The sessions cost £10 for a taster session, or £9 per session when booked for all remaining sessions. You can choose to pay in one lump sum or pay by monthly recurring card payments.

Please note, we encourage young people to join one group for the year, as getting to know their fellow group members is an important part of developing as a writer. Advance booking is essential.

We are pleased to be able to offer free places to those who receive free school meals or pupil premium funding at school. You can see our bursary policy here. Please contact us with any queries.

The young people will need to bring:

A notebook or some paper
A pen or pencil to write with
A snack and a drink, if they want one.

Get Writing

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 2023-June 2024 are now available to book, including three new junior groups for Staffordshire, starting in January 2024.


Young Writers can submit up to three pieces of writing to our online magazine. The deadline for submissions for Issue 28 is 26th March 2024. Full details can be found here.

Check out all our ideas for writing prompts at our Get Writing tab. A wide selection of images, videos and funsheets for young writers to complete.