Spark Young Writers are Recruiting Assistant Writers

Volunteer with the Spark Young Writers team and be part of delivering 160 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 have had a fantastic response, but are still looking for an assistant writers for our lovely Walsall group.

As 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 upload your CV (as a word document or PDF) and write a cover letter outlining why you would like to work with us, and why you’d be a good match. 

If you want to chat about the role, you can call us on 0121 246 2770 or email the Spark Young Writers team: Emma & Faduma-Zahra. 

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At the moment, we only need assistant writers who live fairly locally to Walsall. If this is you, please apply!
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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.

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