Issue 2 out now!

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The second issue of Write On! Magazine is available to view now by heading to the Latest Issue page or the Issue 2 page. We had a huge response from children and young people aged 8 – 16 from across the West Midlands, a total of 33 young writers submitted 58 pieces of writing including short stories, prose and poetry.

Many of the young people who are featured in Issue 2 are from our creative writing groups for children and young people, the Writing Squads. Magazine’s editor, William Gallagher, said of this issue ‘I was immensely, just immensely pleased that Issue 2 welcomes back a small set of writers who had been stars in the first edition’. William read every single piece and the writers received feedback on each. Not all pieces submitted were accepted into the Magazine, some young writers were asked to edit their work to potentially use in Issue 3 which will be out in April 2014.

We hope you enjoy reading Issue 2 as much as we have! If you know a young writers who would like to submit their writing to be included in Write On! Magazine, please visit the Get Involved page for more information.

50 pieces of writing received for Issue 2 of Write On! Magazine!

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IMGP4225The deadline for submitting writing to be published in Issue 2 of Write On! Magazine has now passed. We are delighted to have received over 50 pieces of writing from children & young people living in the West Midlands aged 8 – 16! With titles such as The Lion’s Prey, Growing up with Doe-Dee, I Love Trixie and Trixie Loves Me and The Seven Despairs of Winter – there is lots to look forward to from the talented writers which will feature in the upcoming issue.

Now we are busy preparing to publish the next issue which will be out in December 2013 and William Gallagher is in the process of reading and editing the writing. Not all of the pieces submitted will be published but each young writer will receive feedback on each of their pieces from William. If you didn’t get chance to send your writing to us time, do not fear! The next issue will be out in April 2014 and we’ll be looking for more writing from keen young writers. To find out how to submit, please click here.


Next call for submissions!

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Issue 3 of Write On! Magazine will be published in April 2014. This issue will be for young writers aged 8 – 16.

The deadline for submitting your writing to be included in this is Friday 28 February 2014. To see more information about how to submit your writing, please visit the Get Involved page.

A little bit more about the magazine team

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Writing West Midlands

Writing West MidlandsWrite On! Magazine is a project of Writing West Midlands. We are the region’s literature development organisation and we work with aspiring, emerging and established writers to help them sustain their creative careers by offering training sessions, advice and networking opportunities.

We also 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. In addition to Write On! Magazine, we also work with Writers in Schools to bring professional writers into classroom and run out-of-school creative writing groups, Writing Squads.

Birmingham Literature FestivalWe also have a festivals and events programme this includes the Birmingham Literature Festival and we run a programme of workshops across the year.

For more information about us and to see information such as writing groups in the West Midlands, literature and spoken word festivals, universities, writing in the region and our work with young writers, please visit our website

Our team includes: Jonathan Davidson (Chief Executive), Sara Beadle (Programmes Director), Joanne Penn (Projects Manager) and Sian Buckley (Marketing Co-Ordinator).

We send out a newsletter featuring information our general work and opportunities from other organisations once a month, we also have a young writers newsletter which is sent once a term. To join either of these newsletters, please click here.

William Gallagher – Write On! Magazine Editor

William GallagherWilliam is a journalist and drama writer. His work includes Doctor Who radio dramas and children’s magazine, Radio Times magazine and website (as a columnist, journalist, feature writer and producer), BBC News, The Independent, The Los Angeles Times, Blake’s 7: The Ultimate Guide and BFI TV Classics: The Beiderbecke Affair (British Film Institute book, 2012).

“Offbeat characterisation and world-building – creative and atmospheric Doctor Who storytelling at its best” – SFX Magazine

“William neatly tipped [our] idea on its head by incorporating us. The situation created by William the playwright became one of mutual inter-dependence and trust in dramatic expression. Masterful! It was a very powerful and exhilarating experience.” – Carol Aubrey, Birmingham City University.

He is the lead writer of the Burton-upon-Trent Write On! Writing Squad and was also the assistant at the Walsall Write On! Writing Squad since September 2012. He has led various workshops for adults, children and young people including at South and City College, Birmingham, Pow-Wow LitFest, Birmingham Literature Festival (2013) and he assisted at a Doctor Who writing class for children and young people.


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