Volunteer with us

Spark Young Writers are Recruiting Assistant Writers

Volunteer with the Spark Young Writers team and be part of delivering over 200 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!

Applications Now Closed. 

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 you’ll 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 come back to us as the Lead Writer years later.

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 or email the Spark Young Writers team: Emma & Heddwen. 

What this year’s team of Assistant Writers have to say about working with us. 

What the kids say.

We don’t just run monthly groups. Find out more about Summer School and our Teen Writers Conference.

Applications to be an Assistant writer are now closed. Sign up to our Volunteer Information mailing list to be alerted with applications open next year here. 

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 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.

Volunteer With Us

Join our team of Lead and Assistant Writers delivering creative writing workshops to young people across the region. 

Share your enthusiasm for writing, have fun, and develop your own skills.

Summer Writing Challenge

Book for a week of creative writing activities, and individual feedback from professional writers.

Monday 26th – Friday 30th July 2021

Exclusively for young people
aged 12-17.