National Teen Writers' Conference

Saturday 26th March, 1pm - 4pm

The National Teen Writers’ conference for 14-21 year olds: learn about careers in publishing, working as a writer or studying creative writing. Join Spark Young Writers as we lift the lid on the publishing industry for insight into writing as a career, for 14-21 year olds. Tickets start at just £10 (bursaries for those living or studying in the West Midlands are available – please contact us for more details). Spark Young Writers is bringing back its conference for young people who are interested in creative writing, being a professional writer, or studying creative writing at university. During the afternoon of Saturday 26 March 2022, you’ll get exclusive access to professional writers of all genres (novelists, playwrights, screenwriters, poets, and more) who will share how they got into writing, and, more importantly, how they managed to turn an interest and passion into a career. You can see the full line up below.. The conference will be run entirely online via Zoom so you can be part of it no matter where you live. You’ll be able to listen to the conference and ask your questions directly to those involved. If you’re starting to think about what you’ll do after school, we’ll discuss whether you need to study Creative Writing at University, and what other avenues to writing professionally might be available to you. For a limited number of early bookers, and available on a strict first-come, first-served basis, the conference will offer one-to-one advice from a range of experienced writers as well as the conference. These sessions will take place from 10am – 12.30pm and you will be allocated a time for your session nearer the time. If you are interested in this, please select the ticket type “Teen Conference ticket + 1-2-1 session” when booking.

Teen Writing Season

We haven't got any more one-off workshops programmed at the moment, but if you want to stay in touch and find out about other opportunities and activities for young writers, please sign up to our mailing list to make sure you don't miss out.

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.

With 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.

Young Writers' Toolkit 2023

Wondering how you can keep writing, even after you’ve finished studying? Join us for the opportunity to gain insider knowledge.

Young Writers Magazine

Submit your writing for publication in our Spark Young Writers Magazine. 

Exclusively for young people aged 8 – 20.