WELCOME TO WRITER’S BLOC

The new Write to Work programme comprises two main aspects: our free 1-day creative writing courses, and the Writer’s Bloc writing centre, which is a series of free fortnightly meetings throughout the year. Come and 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 our one-day creative writing 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, so if you have not already done so, please apply 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 all sessions – you can attend whichever sessions you are interested in, but you’ll just need to let us know by sending an RSVP to our invitations. We will then confirm your spot or let you know if it is full.

Please note: If you have already applied for the Writer’s Bloc, you only need to do so once to receive invitations. If you haven’t heard from us, please check your spam folder first. Otherwise you can email us at write2work@writingonthewall.org.uk to let us know you haven’t received an invitation.

 


 

The Writer’s Bloc – Professional Writer Sessions

The Writer’s Bloc professional writer sessions launched on 7th June 2024 with acclaimed Liverpool screenwriter Tony Schumacher, creator and writer of the award-winning BBC drama series, The Responder. Tony has also had three published novels with HarperCollins in the USA. Our professional writers always have a relatable back-story, fantastic experience and the willingness to help you follow in their footsteps! 

Tony Schumacher with Co-Director Mike Morris and Write to Work Coordinator Caroline Knight

Once a month our professional writers will come along to deliver a session in their area of writing expertise. We have poets, novelists, screenwriters, content writers and more. They will teach you what you need to know to become a professional writer in your chosen field. Some will teach you how to spot or overcome common obstacles and pitfalls, and give you advice on best practices, motivational tips and inspiration. Some will impart knowledge on practical matters such as performing or getting published.

Each session will be different in terms of presentation and format, as some will be more like workshops and others talks or presentations. Our sessions are always interactive and we allow plenty of time for Q&A and social networking.

The professional writer sessions happen every other fortnight (once a month) and the schedule is as follows:
  • Friday 14th June 2024: Ashleigh Nugent – Turning Experiences into a Novel
  • Friday 12th July 2024: Ginni Manning – Seeking Opportunity
  • Friday 9th August 2024: PJ Smith – Character Development
  • Friday 6th September 2024: Leonisha Barley – Dealing with Writer’s Block
  • Friday 4th October 2024: Blue Saint – Poetry and Spoken Word
  • Friday 1st November 2024: Tutor TBC – Publishing Pathways
  • Friday 29th November 2024: Helen Jeffery – Writing Around Personal Experience
  • Friday 31st January 2025: (TBC) Amina Atiq – Poetry and Activism
  • Friday 28th February 2025: Paddy Clarke – Copy and Content Writing

 


 

The Writer’s Bloc – Time to Write Sessions 

Every other fortnight on the Writer’s Bloc we offer a ‘Time to Write’ session. You can come into Toxteth Library as part of the local writing community and spend some time practicing your writing work. This might be anything you are currently interested in or working toward: flash fiction, poetry, a novel – anything goes! The aim is to motivate you to commit to a specific time to concentrate on your writing practice, after which the group will reconvene in the children’s library area and you can share your work with the group (if you wish). This is an opportunity to get valuable feedback, gain more confidence in your work and spend time with likeminded people.

We will also be inviting partner organisations to present opportunities to the community. These may be educational opportunities such as free courses, and careers or work placement opportunities with local arts organisations, for example. Our partner organisations will  spend a little time after the sharing session to present options that may be of interest. Sometimes Writing on the Wall may have opportunities to tell you about, such as placements we have arranged with local arts organisations, which you can then apply for.

Even if you don’t feel like writing, if you are open to the idea of furthering your education or career, it is worth coming in just to hear about the opportunities on offer.

Writer’s Bloc ‘Time to Write’ sessions are scheduled on the following dates. Please check here regularly for updates to the partners attending these sessions:

 

  • Friday 28th June 2024
  • Friday 26th July 2024
  • Friday 23rd August 2024
  • Friday 20th September 2024
  • Friday 18th October 2024
  • Friday 15th November 2024
  • Friday 13th December 2024
  • Friday 14th February 2025

 

 


The next Writer’s Bloc session is on:

Friday 12th July @ Toxteth Library

This session is:  Ginni Manning – Seeking Opportunity

For the fourth session of the Writer’s Bloc, Writing on the Wall is delighted to welcome Ginni Manning, a playwright, writer, theatre maker and facilitator. Since completing Write to Work in 2018, Ginni has been involved in various Writing on the Wall projects. She has been part of the Write to Work Programme as a Creative Facilitator since 2020, working with over 200 new writers. 

 

This session will focus on the various kinds of opportunities available to you as a writer. Ginni will be talking to you about seeking opportunity, taking you through some writing exercises and giving you a chance to practice free writing. You will make notes to answer the pertinent questions in Ginni’s presentation and gain clarity about what you want as writers. You’ll learn to think like writers in your daily lives. This session is about seeking opportunities through ideas, reflection and regular writing practice; for learning and developing a community, and for getting your work out there through competitions, online opportunities, organisations and social media.

About Ginni Manning:

Ginni Manning authored ‘A Dog Called Bear’ as part of the Societal Shift project with Cheshire Council; she was a 2023 Box of Tricks Theatre Company’s Pen Palis and is now part of their Accelerate Programme. Other projects she’s worked on include City of Light, UNISON writers, RISE with women in the justice system, the Superheroes schools programmes and the Liverpool Year of Writing. She completed the Liverpool Everyman Playwright Development Programme and was their nominated writer for the Sphinx 30 Programme in 2020.

Ginni was recently chosen to participate in the Women in Theatre Lab, and in 2024 she received Arts Council England funding to explore the role of playwrights in Theatre for Young Audiences, building on her international work in this field.  Most recently she took part in the 21st ASSITEJ World Congress & Performing Arts Festival for Children & Young People in Havana, Cuba.

 

Please do not turn up to a Writer’s Bloc session without receiving a confirmation from us first. Registering for the Writer’s Bloc does not guarantee acceptance onto the next session as numbers are limited. If you turn up on the day without having received a confirmation we won’t be able to allow entry.

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


Write to Work 1-Day Creative Writing Courses 

 

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.

Our 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. If you are interested in participating in our new course, please apply below.


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)

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

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