Teen Writing Season

Save My Story

Saturday 12th December 2020, 4.30pm
Join author, playwright and journalist William Gallagher for an afternoon of chaos and creativity.
Play with plot, twists, and characters as you direct William on your co-created tall tale.

Writing Crime Fiction

Saturday 9th January 2021, 4.30pm
Join crime writer, Charley Barnes, for a masterclass in thriller and murder mystery writing. Thinking about point of views, red herrings, and plot twists, this workshop will equip you with the tools to write for this genre.

How to Write a Book

Saturday 6th February 2021, 4.30pm
Where do you start? Join Charley Barnes as she guides you through the process - from formulating to your idea, to plotting and writing, through to finishing up.

Dark and Gothic Storytelling

Saturday 20th March 2021, 4.30pm
Performer Maria Whatton will help you develop the tools to leave an audience spell bound.
Whether you want to spook your siblings, or submerge your audience in the supernatural world, this workshop is for you.

How to Write Audio Drama

Saturday 8th May 2021, 4.30pm
Do you enjoy listening to podcasts and dramas? Want to create a world without the limitations of scenery?
Push boundaries, learn the tricks of the trade, and be free to create only using sound and voices to tell a story.

Writing Fan Fiction

Saturday 12th June 2021, 4.30pm
Join Charley Barnes as we explore how to use a piece of writing to inspire your own work.
Louise O'Neill's books look at the experiences of teenagers and how sexism and shame affects them. Free book.

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.

Join a Group

With 22 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.

Follow our Story Starters

Updated weekly, our free story starters created by writers across the region will get you writing in new and exciting ways.

Teen Writing Season

Book for our special season of specialised writing workshops to add to your skills repertoire.

Exclusively for young people aged 14-20.