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Careers with Words 2023

Bringing together Arts Connect and ASCEL with Writing West Midlands, Careers with Words toured libraries across the West Midlands during Careers Week (6-10 March 2023) aiming to inspire young people aged 14+ to consider a future in publishing, as a writer, in the library service, or doing one of the many roles we’ll showcase with writing at their core.

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We made a series of short interviews where we asked speakers from Careers With Words 2023 about their work.

Available on the Careers With Words YouTube channel, you can find them all below. These may be helpful if you are trying to produce your own Careers With Words event but without the resources to pay for speakers to travel, or for young people if they are interested in a career in publishing or information services industries.

For a flavour of the events see our Highligts reel.

Careers in Writing - annually in November

Offering plenty of opportunities to ask questions and meet other writers your age, the Careers In Writing event 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.

Sign up to the Young Writers and Schools mailing list to make sure you don’t miss out.


Careers with Words is presented on behalf of Arts Connect and ASCEL, and produced by Writing West Midlands. It is part-funded by Arts Council England. We are also grateful for the support of our many panellists and speakers and their organisations.