News and Opportunities for Writers: November 2021

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:

Abda Khan has formulated a workshop about culturally sensitive writing. With her first course already sold out, she is now offering another one on 6 November. 

Elizabeth Inniss has been awarded an Arts Council grant for her project entitled: Capability and Sustainability. She is looking forward to develop her practice by broadening and bolstering her writing skills.

Rob Ganley has been shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize, and has recently published ‘111 Places in Coventry You Shouldn’t Miss’

William Gallagher has been awarded an Arts Council grant to develop his 58keys YouTube series for writers.

Writing Support and Resources

Writing West Midlands is hosting friendly informal networking and information sessions online. Find out about writing, meet writers local to you, and hear more about what Writing West Midlands does. Find a session near you

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.

Abda Khan is running an interactive, online workshop on Culturally Sensitive Writing. 6th November 2021, 10am. Book here. 


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.

Join Evesham Festival of Words for their workshop ‘Short Story Competitions – Catching the Judge’s Eye. Ahead of their Short Story Competition 2022, this practical workshop led by one of the readers will give some yourself the best chance of doing well. 13th November 2021. Find out more here. 


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.