Young Writers’ Toolkit 2023

Saturday 25th March 2023, 1.30 – 4.30pm
Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham, England, B3 3BS

Do you love writing? Are you wondering how you can keep doing it after you’ve finished studying? Or are you wondering whether you want to study English or Creative Writing? Perhaps you’re considering a career as a features writer, journalist, editor in a publishing house, or marketing copywriter. We can help! Come to our Toolkit: we’ll give you a great insight into what these jobs or courses involve, from the people doing them.

Meeting for the first time in-person, we are pleased to bring to Birmingham an event for young people interested in continuing their writing once they have left school, or higher education. 
Through a series of panel discussions, we will show young people what jobs there are in the publishing industry, how books get published, what jobs you can do which use your writing skills, the role of the writer in TV and the opportunity to ask lots of questions.
Speakers include lecturer, writer, and podcaster Charley Barnes, writer and director of TV production company David Chikwe, and former Birmingham Young Poet Laureate, children’s author and poet Nyanda Foday with more speakers still to confirm. 
We are also offering individual feedback sessions if you’d like to discuss your options directly. These could cover commenting on your writing, suggestions of how to get your writing published, next steps to take, help deciding on university options. These are limited in number, and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. These will take place during the morning of the 25th March in the same venue. To book your slot, select the “Toolkit, plus feedback session” ticket type.

The Young Writers’ Toolkit 2023 is presented as part of Spark Young Writers, a project of Writing West Midlands in association with ACLS. Writing West Midlands is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

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.

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.

Young Writers' Toolkit 2023

Wondering how you can keep writing, even after you’ve finished studying? Join us for the opportunity to gain insider knowledge.

Young Writers Magazine

Submit your writing for publication in our Spark Young Writers Magazine. 

Exclusively for young people aged 8 – 20.