WRITE TO WORK IS BACK!

FREE ONE-DAY WRITING COURSES 

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THE WRITER’S BLOC FORTNIGHTLY SESSIONS

Are you economically inactive* and interested in joining a creative community where you can further your skills as a writer, develop your confidence, and have your stories heard?

Then a FREE one-day creative writing course could be perfect for you. Most courses will be in person in the Liverpool area, and a small number will be scheduled online for those with access issues.

Our courses are for all levels of writing ability, so no experience is necessary. They offer a chance to work with professional writers, and everyone who attends will be able to submit their work for publication in a printed anthology available to buy online and in bookshops across the city.

After course completion, we continue to offer regular opportunities to our participants, including practicing and developing writing skills, engaging with our community and connecting you with educational, volunteering or career opportunities. This will happen through the Writer’s Bloc, which are regular community meet ups with professional writers and representatives from educational and career organisations, aimed at further development your skills and prospects.

The good news is that you do not have to do the course to join the Writer’s Bloc! These sessions are open to our wider community. Please scroll down for further information and sign up.


Community, Creativity and Confidence  

Images of people taking part in Write to Work course

These courses have had a major impact on participants and led to much career success. They have also led to success for Writing on the Wall, with the Write to Work programme recently winning the Preparing For Work Award at the LCR Culture and Creativity Awards in March 2024.


The next course is on:

Wednesday 7th August (Spider Project members only)

and

Tuesday 10th September, Spellow Library Walton

Further dates will be issued throughout the year

Led by writing industry professionals, you will develop and practise various types of creative writing, learn about writing opportunities in the workplace and how to get your work in front of an audience. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or just starting out, this course will help you to gain confidence in your writing, meet a creative community and get your work published.

If you are interested in attending, please pre-register below.

Please note:
  • Taking part in Write to Work courses and related activities will not impact your benefit status
  • Applicants must read full eligibility criteria below before applying
*Eligibility:  
  • You must be 18+ 
  • You must be economically inactive: this means you are not employed or self-employed, not actively looking for work at the moment, not waiting to start a job, not in full-time education (part time over 19+yrs is fine). 
  • You must be living in Liverpool City Region, including the parts of the Wirral listed as Merseyside, Liverpool, Sefton, Halton, St Helens, Knowsley
  • You must have the legal right to live and work in the UK
  • You cannot have already completed a Write to Work course in 2024 (it is fine if you did a course with us before 2024)
  • You cannot be currently participating on any other UKSPF funded course related to careers development
Important: if you are receiving standard Universal Credit payments and are expected to search for work as part of your commitments, you are classified as unemployed, not economically inactive, and you will not be eligible for the course. The only exception to this is when you have been signed off work by a Doctor and/or are currently being assessed for health related benefits by DWP. If you have been signed off with ill health, you can be classified as economically inactive. Feel free to contact us if you are unsure of your classification.
Please also note that you should not turn up to a course without receiving a confirmation from us first. Registering for the course does not guarantee acceptance as we need to determine eligibility before we can offer a place, and numbers are limited. If you turn up on the day without having been accepted onto the course we won’t be able to allow entry. 

If you have any queries please email us at write2work@writingonthewall.org.uk   

It is preferable to apply online as soon as you can, as places are limited. However, please note that you can attend a pre-course registration drop-in at Toxteth Library to apply in person if you have any issues completing the form. Please email write2work@writingonthewall.org.uk to register for the drop-in session.


THE WRITER’S BLOC FORTNIGHTLY SESSIONS

The new Write to Work programme also includes an aspect separate to our 1 day courses. The Writer’s Bloc sessions are free fortnightly meetings starting in June. You can join a community of aspiring writers for a 2-hour session with different professional writers from a range of genres, as well as partner representatives from educational and careers institutions, and organisations that can offer volunteering opportunities. These sessions are aimed at further development of your skills and prospects, offering a space for creative activities, and presenting opportunities for education, training and employment.

Hosted on Friday mornings at Toxteth Library, these sessions are informal gatherings (like a coffee morning). There are two types of Writer’s Bloc sessions. One session will be with a professional writer discussing specific aspects of writing work and skills development. The next time it will be a ‘Time to Write’ session, providing a space for you to simply come and practice your writing skills and share your work with the group. Partner representatives will come along to the Time to Write sessions to give information on a range of opportunities to further your development.

Unlike the one-day course, the Writer’s Bloc sessions are open to our wider community of participants – regardless of your employment status. You will still need to register for the Writer’s Bloc sessions, but if you are registering for a course (above) you can just check a box in that form to register for this too. Otherwise, please apply for Writer’s Bloc below. Once you have registered your interest, we will send invites to upcoming sessions directly to your inbox. Please note that signing up does not mean you are expected to attend – you can attend whichever sessions you are interested in, you’ll just need to let us know by sending an RSVP to our invites.
Find out more about the Writer’s Bloc and sign up here

10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer:
Write.
Write more.
Write even more.
Write even more than that.
Write when you don’t want to.
Write when you do.
Write when you have something to say.
Write when you don’t.
Write every day.
Keep writing.

― Brian Clark (British Playwright and Screenwriter)

Examples of some brilliant writers who have taught on Write to Work courses

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Examples of our Write to Work anthologies

To date, Write to Work has:

  • Supported over 300 unemployed creatives in LCR
  • Published 10 new anthologies (with more to follow)
  • Delivered over 290 workshops with professional writers (and counting!)

Thank you to our amazing writers, participants, editors, partners and everyone involved.

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Write to Work is part funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF)

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