News and Opportunities for Writers: September 2020

With many events and festivals cancelled, the writing community has transferred a lot of its activity online. Search on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #amwriting or similar and you’ll find lots of resources. 


News from Room 204:

On the 6th September 2020, Emma Purshouse’s programme with the BBC will be broadcast on Radio 4. The episode will look at Poetry in the Black Country. You can listen here after broadcast. 

Congratulations to Susan Stokes Chapman who was recently signed with Literary agent, Juliet Mushens, with her debut novel, PANDORA. 

Naomi Paul has been selected for the Live and Local Living Room project. Naomi has been paired with a new community in South Warwickshire and work has already begun. 

Writing support and resources:

The Royal Society of Literature is currently seeking an Events and Outreach Manager. As the successful applicant, you will take lead responsibility for their public events, currently online, and outreach programmes. Read more and find out how to apply here. 

Charlie Hill launches his book I Don’t Want to Go to the Taj Mahal. Read an early review or order your own copy from Waterstones. 

Martin Sketchley has launched Think. Feel. Write. – creative coaching and personal development through writing. The project has been inspired by personal experiences of the therapeutic benefits of writing, and his work with the Royal Literary Fund, both as a Writing Fellow and developing workshops as part of the Social Sector Projects initiative. For more information visit


In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, many authors, readers and booksellers have had to think outside the box in regards to book launches and maintaining reader engagement. The Bookseller has listed virtual book launches and virtual festivals which will be taking place over the next couple of months, to get involved, visit their website.

A collective of authors and illustrators have launched Picture Book Author Events Online to provide author videos, book readings and activities to keep children entertained whilst at home. You can find more information here.

The Spark Young Writers Groups start this month. With workshops across the region, as well as new online only sessions, this is the perfect opportunity for creative young people aged 8 – 18 years old. Find out more about the monthly sessions and check out the groups near you here. 

Competitions and opportunities:

Calling writers aged 16 – 25. Radio Elusia is returning and looking for new writers. Set in the sprawling fictional city of Elusia, Radio Elusia is a new weekly podcast from Boundless Theatre, about transmission and revolution. They are moving to commission and produce season two, with the writing passing on to a group of 6 writers. The writers room will run from October 2020 and be led by Boundless Artistic Director Rob Drummer, supported by Radio Elusia Associate Director Robert Awosusi. All 6 writers will be commissioned to write 2 episodes. To apply please email

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