Booking is now open for Spark Young Writers Groups! All our groups are going to be held online using Zoom for the Autumn term. During this time we will be working to see when the groups can move to be held in person, but this will not be until January at the earliest.
Find your nearest Group here. If you have any questions, don’t forget to check out our FAQs.
Spark Young Writers groups are writing groups for children and young people interested in any kind of creative writing.
Spark Young Writers groups meet monthly from September to June/July (10 sessions a year), for 2 hours on a Saturday.
The cost is £90 for the year (£9 a session) and you can pay by annual card payment, BACS transfer, or monthly Direct Debit.
Groups are divided roughly into school years 3-6 (junior aged children), and school years 7-12 (secondary school aged children.)
Please contact the office if you would like to discuss other options for payment – we have a limited number of bursaries available for those in financial need. Please email Emma Boniwell if you would like more information.
Each group is:
- fun! We laugh a lot during the sessions
- friendly and informal
- small – max. 15 children
- led by a professional writer along with an assistant
- varied – your child will do all kinds of writing, from fiction to poetry to playwriting
- working on creative writing rather than spelling or punctuation
- a chance for your child to develop their creative writing
- a way to grow their confidence in their writing
- not assessed – your child will get feedback and suggestions, but no “grades” or “attainment levels” are given
To keep up to date with everything that is going on, including reminders about submission deadlines for our termly online magazine, you can sign up for the Young People and Schools mailing list.
For exact times and dates of each group, please see below.
If you have any questions about Spark Young Writers, please have a look at our Young Writers FAQs page.
There are occasional opportunities for group members to share their work at events for family members and friends as well as more public events. In previous years, members of the groups have shared their work at the Birmingham Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Coventry Mysteries and Wenlock Poetry Festival. Several have also been involved in publications and regularly submit to Spark Young Writers Magazine.
Birmingham City 1 (ThinkTank Museum) School years 3-6.
Birmingham City 2 (Birmingham & Midlands Institute) School years 7-12.
Birmingham City 3 (ThinkTank Museum) School years 5-8.
Bartley Green (Newman University) School years 3-6.
Edgbaston (Lapworth Museum of Geology, University of Birmingham campus) School years 7-12.
School years and ages
Year 3 (age 7-8), Year 4 (age 8-9), Year 5 (age 9-10), Year 6 (age 10-11) – Key Stage 2
Year 7 (age 11-12), Year 8 (age 12-13), Year 9 (age 13-14) – Key Stage 3
Year 10 (age 14-15), Year 11 (age 15-16) – Key Stage 4
If you have any further questions about the Spark Young Writers’ Groups please have a look at our Young Writers FAQs page. If you have a question that isn’t on this list, please email emma[at]writingwestmidlands.org. If you would prefer to discuss the groups, you can call Emma on 0121 246 2770 (option 2).