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Young Writers’ Toolkit 2023

presented by Spark Young Writers

For those aged 14 – 24

Saturday 25 March 2023

12.30pm – 4.30pm (one-to-ones from 10am-12.30pm)

Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham


Tickets: £15 to 20 – bursaries available


Supported by the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society and Arts Council England


You love writing, and have done since you knew how to write. You would like to have a career as a writer, but don’t know how to, or whether it’s a viable option.

We’re here to help.

Join us for the first in-person Young Writers’ Toolkit for those aged 14-24, and their parents and carers.

With plenty of opportunities to ask questions and meet other writers your age, the Young Writers’ Toolkit will help you find out:

  • How to go from writing for fun, to writing and getting paid
  • What happens on a creative writing university course
  • How to find sources of inspiration and motivation when you get stuck
  • Do you need to study Creative Writing at University to be a writer? (Clue: no!)
  • What other jobs you could do which still use your writing skills and passion
  • More about working in the publishing industry

One-to-ones are also available in the morning – these need to be booked separately and are available on a first come, first served basis. These one-to-one sessions are for you to discuss directly with one of the Writing West Midlands staff anything you’d like to know about in more depth.

Our speakers include:


The Young Writers’ Toolkit is essential for any young writers looking to go to University to study creative writing; who would like to forge a career as a writer; or who simply want to find out more about how that might be possible.

Tickets to attend are £15 to £20 and bursaries are available. You can view our Bursary Policy here.



Time Session content
10am – 12.30pm Individual advice sessions
12.30pm – 1.30pm Registration and Young Writer meet up
1.30 – 2.15pm Becoming a Writer with Charley Barnes and Nyanda Foday
Comfort break/signing
2.30 -3.15pm Working as a writer with David Chikwe and Leena Normington
Comfort break/signing
3.15-3.45pm Break for networking/fact finding
3.45 – 4.30pm Author interview: “Keeping it real” with Casey Bailey

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Birmingham and Midland Institute
9 Margaret Street


25 Mar 2023


10:00 am - 4:30 pm


From £15 (bursaries available)