Join us at this event is for you if:

  • You are aged 14 – 24.
  • You enjoy writing, and are beginning to think about next steps in your studies or after your studies have finished.
  • You would like to have a career as a writer or working with writers, but don’t know how to, or whether it’s a viable option.

We can help!

Join us for our in-person Careers In Writing for those aged 14-24, and their parents /carers.

With plenty of opportunities to ask questions and meet other writers your age, Careers in Writing will help you find out:

  • How to go from writing for fun, to writing and getting paid
  • What happens on a creative writing university course
  • How to find sources of inspiration and motivation when you get stuck
  • Do you need to study Creative Writing at University to be a writer? (Clue: no!)
  • What other jobs you could do which still use your writing skills and passion
  • More about working in the publishing industry

One-to-ones are also available in the morning – these need to be booked separately and are available on a first come, first served basis. These one-to-one sessions are for you to discuss directly with one of the speakers anything you’d like to know about in more depth. Select ticket type “Careers in Writing + Individual feedback session” for this option when booking.

Our speakers include:

  • Novelist and Editor Kasim Ali
  • Birmingham Poet Laureate Jasmine Gardosi
  • Deputy Head of Publicity at Simon & Schuster, Jessica Barratt

Careers In Writing is essential for any young writers looking to go to University to study creative writing; who would like to forge a career as a writer; or who simply want to find out more about how that might be possible.

Tickets available from £10 to £15 and bursaries are available. Click here for our bursary policy.


10am – 12.30pm: Individual advice Sessions with WWM staff

12.45pm – 1.30pm: Registration and Young Writer meet-up

1.30pm – 2.15pm: Working in Publishing: Jessica Barratt

2pm – 2.15pm: Comfort break

2.15pm – 3pm: Working as a writer and editor: Kasim Ali

3pm – 3:15pm: Comfort break

3:15pm – 4pm: Working as a poet: Jasmine Gardosi, Birmingham Poet Laureate.

For a flavour of the event, you can see a short highlights film that we made following a similar event last year.

We also have lots of more careers resources here including interviews of writers, and agent and a librarian, and a booklet full of information about being a writer, editor, agent, publicist – lots of roles you may not have considered – and places to go for further information.

This event is kindly supported by ALCS.

The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is a not-for-profit organisation started by writers for the benefit of all types of writers. Owned by its members, ALCS collects money due for secondary uses of writers’ work. It is designed to support authors and their creativity; ensure they receive fair payment and see their rights are respected. It promotes and teaches the principles of copyright and campaigns for a fair deal. It represents over 117,000 members, and since 1977 has paid over £600million to writers.

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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.

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