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Spark Young Writers are Recruiting Assistant Writers

Volunteer with the Spark Young Writers team and be part of delivering 190 children’s writing workshops across the region. With a mix of in-person and online groups, you can support your local community, or join our writers on Zoom from your living room!

We are now recruiting for Assistant Writer roles for groups beginning in September 2024. The deadline for the first round of applications is 13th June 2024, with interviews in person or online taking place w/c 17th June 2024.

What does it meant to be an Assistant Writer?
You will work closely with a professional author, poet, or scriptwriter to deliver a two hour workshop once a month. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your own skills, whether that is as a writer, educator, or in organisation and leadership.  

A strong candidate would be enthusiastic and passionate about reading and writing, or would like to work with children. We want our team of Spark Lead and Assistant writers to be ready to share their love of creativity, explore imagination, and help develop the next generation of talent in the West Midlands! 

Over the course of the year, you will receive training and shadow your Lead Writer until you feel ready to take on more in your role (which might be right away!). We will check in with you to make sure you feel like you are getting the most out of your time with us. 

Past volunteers have gone on to do PGCEs, run their own workshops for adults, or have returned in the Lead Writer role.

Apply through our form below. You will need to tell us why you would like to work with us, and why you’d be a good match. You can also upload your CV (as a word document or PDF) if you have a relevant one.

If you want to chat about the role, you can call us on 0121 246 2770 or email Emma Boniwell

Please use the postcode from which you will be travelling to get to the group, e.g. a term time address from September 2024.
House name and or number, and street name
Street name if required
Town/City
Please only select groups that are near to where you live, or easy for you to reach by public transport. We prioritise working with people living or working in the West Midlands.
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Word Document or PDF only. If you don’t have a writing-focused CV, don’t worry. You don’t have to upload 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 2024-June 2025 are now available to book. 

Spark Young Writers can submit up to 500 words of their writing for inclusion in this year’s Anthology. The deadline for submissions is 22nd July 2024. Full details can be found here.

Submissions for the 29th edition of the Spark Young Writer Magazine are also being accepted. The deadline is 29th November 2024.

 

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.