News and Opportunities for Writers: February 2022

In addition to anything here, follow us on on Twitter or Instagram and run searches using the hashtags #amwriting or similar and you’ll find lots of resources. 

News from Room 204

News from Room 204:

Susan Stokes Chapman’s debut novel, Pandora was released 27th January. Find out more. 

Ania Bas’ debut novel “Odd Hours” will be published in June 2022 by Welbeck Publishing Group. “Raw, funny, mean and moving, Odd Hours features a character so full of self-doubt and so endlessly quotable that she’ll be instantly relatable to many readers.” Find out more. 

Michael Toolan was short listed in the Scottish Arts Trust’s annual short story competition. His piece will be published in an anthology, A Meal for the Man in Tails. 

Chris Akers’ second book, a boxing autobiography, Enter The Welsh Dragon, will be published by Pitch in 2023. 

Writing Support and Resources

The Room 204 Writer Development Programme is open for submissions. Each year, we welcome 15 writers from the region to join our network of writers who receive mentoring, writer training and more. Apply now. Deadline 31 Jan 2022. 

Applications for The London Library Emerging Writers Programme 2022/23 are now open. The Programme, now in its fourth year, is a unique opportunity which offers writers, in all genres, one year’s free membership of The London Library and includes writing development masterclasses and more. D/ln: 2nd March 2022. Find out how to apply

The Arvon Foundation have announced a whole new season of creative writing workshops and writing weeks for writers of every level. In addition, they are once again running in-person residentials and retreats. Find out more.

Scriptease: Scriptwriting for stage & screen, Jan 2022-Dec 2022. This year long online course with Sara Clifford and Lisa Fulthorpe will enable you to develop your skills. For more info & register email Sara:

Room 204 writer, Cate West has adapted her successful online introduction to Creative Writing course and will be delivering it from Jan 2022 onwards. The course is ideal for someone who has always wanted to write, but never got round to it. Find out more and book now. 

The gift of a love poem: Join Hayley Frances for her season of workshops to create the perfect love poem gift. Taking place at the Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham. On Saturday 12th Feb 2022. Use the code WWM for £5 off. Find tickets. 


The Spark Young Writers groups run throughout the year. 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 your group.

The Literary Consultancy have announced their new digital programme, WRITE CLUB PLUS. Running from January – December 2022, it promises to guide and motivate your creativity every month through a range of workshops, masterclasses, check-ins and more. Find out more.

Competitions and opportunities

CRIPtic Arts and Spread the Word are collaborating on Access to Literature research. It aims to understand the barriers to access in the literature sector for D/deaf and disabled writers, poets and audiences, and seeks to improve access to in-person and online literature opportunities. If you are a D/deaf or disabled writer, literature lover or creative producer, please consider contributing to this research. Find out more.

Tribute: David Hart

We were sorry to hear of the recent death of the poet David Hart.

David was an original and highly talented poet who played an important role in the development of literature activities in the Midlands over many decades. He was at one time a Literature Officer for what was then West Midlands Arts (now part of Arts Council England) and at other times he taught poetry and ran workshops.

In all his work he demonstrated an unorthodox and very individual approach to how we might engage with creativity.

However, it is as a poet he should probably be best remembered. His books and pamphlets were published from our region (by Five Seasons Press and Nine Arches Press) and they gathered together work of great but quiet originality.

Much of his poetry stemmed from time spent in various residencies and he had an uncanny knack for seeing beyond the surface, for noticing details, for being a glorious shape-shifter. He was a true poet and one who in the decades ahead may grow to be considered as near a genius as makes no difference.     

Jonathan Davidson 

Chief Executive

Writing West Midlands