Careers with Words 2023

Bringing together Arts Connect and ASCEL with Writing West Midlands, Careers with Words will tour to libraries across the West Midlands during Careers Week (6-10 March 2023) 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.

Careers Week Events

Join us for Careers with Words during National Careers Week

6-10 March 2023

Join us at one of the FREE events listed below, to hear about how you could forge a career as a writer, librarian, content creator, publisher, editor, literary agent, or copywriter.

We’ll be at: 

Burton-on-Trent Library, Tuesday 7th March 2023, 4pm

Wednesbury Library, Wednesday 8th March 2023, 1pm

Leamington Spa Library, Wednesday 8th March 2023, 6pm

The Hive, Worcester, Thursday 9th March 2023, 10am

Shrewsbury Library, Friday 10th March 2023, 1pm

Tuesday 7 March, 4pm

Free, booking required

Speakers:

Editor at Amazon and author Kasim Ali

Writer and Creative Writing Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton Charley Barnes

Crime writer Natalie Marlow

Poet and workshop leader Kurly McGeachie

Wednesday 8 March, 1pm

Free, booking required

Speakers:

Editor at Amazon and author Kasim Ali

Bookshop owner Jenny McCann

Poet and workshop leader Kurly McGeachie

Poet, YouTuber and content creator Leena Normington

Literary Agent Juliet Pickering

Wednesday 8 March, 6pm

Free, booking required

Speakers:

Editor at Amazon and author Kasim Ali

Poet and workshop leader Kurly McGeachie

Poet, YouTuber and content creator Leena Normington

Literary Agent Juliet Pickering

Thursday 9 March, 10am

Free, booking required

Speakers:

Editor at Amazon and author Kasim Ali

Writer and Creative Writing Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton Charley Barnes

BBC Broadcaster Nina Das Gupta

Literary Agent Juliet Pickering

Ledbury Poetry Festival Producer Becky Shaw

Friday 10 March, 1pm

Free, booking required

Speakers:

Editor at Amazon and author Kasim Ali

Writer and Creative Writing Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton Charley Barnes

Poet and workshop leader Kurly McGeachie

Writer and BBC Producer Dave Payne

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: £15 / £20 with a one-to-one

Bursaries available. Please contact us if you feel you need one.

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.