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Writing West Midlands

We support creative writers and creative writing in the West Midlands

Events and Courses

Join us for live taught writing courses and workshops, as well as in person events.

Spark Young Writers

Fun and playful creative writing groups for children and young people in the West Midlands.

Poet Laureate Applications

Could you be Birmingham's next Poet Laureate or Young Poet Laureate?


We run workshopsconferences, residencies and networking throughout the year, as well as the creative development programme Room 204. We hold a range of writing workshops and short courses, as well as host writers from all over the globe.

Young People

Through our Spark Young Writers Programme, we provide schools with writers, run 20 monthly creative writing groups across the west midlands and hold a yearly Summer Writing Challenge.


Through partnerships with publishersuniversities, galleries, libraries and many others, we nurture readers as much as writers.

Celebrating Words

Birmingham Literature Festival runs annually with a full programme, usually in October. For 2020 and 2021, we ran a series of online workshops, a weekly podcast throughout the autumn, daily poetry readings, and live-streamed events. The festival returned in-person in 2022, with livestream and podcast options.

Read our Latest Issuu Publication

Writing West Midlands Impact Report: 2021/22