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The Writing Bloc is an initiative of Writing on the Wall to develop a unique centre dedicated to writing. We are working with our partners, Croxteth Communiversity, to launch the Bloc in late 2012. The Writing Bloc will provide a dedicated space for writers; a space to write, develop and share their work, through workshop, performance and publication. It will also support the work of the Creative Academy, being developed by Croxteth Communiversity, within which it will be based, to develop a community of writers, artists and performers, and will develop and share projects with the other organisations based within the Academy; developing a sense of community through collaborative work. The Writing Bloc represents an exciting and bold step forward in our strategy of using creativity and social intervention to support the development of new work and create a lasting legacy for celebration by individuals and their community.  We believe Writing on the Wall’s projects have revealed the potential for The Writing Bloc. They have demonstrated there is significant interest in projects and activities in which writing is foregrounded as a key activity through which people can find creative expression.
Croxteth Communiversity
Croxteth Communiversity is a Lifelong Learning Centre with a strong reputation as a quality education provider and community resource. The Communiversity is owned and managed by the Alt Valley Community Trust. The Trust's goal is to create an appropriate and attractive centre for people to learn, and through its members, offer individuals a chance to get involved with both their own education and to contribute towards projects and developments at the centre. Through educational alliances, the Trust aims to provide a voice for communities through the delivery of life-long learning in the area.
The ‘Creative Academy’, within which The Writing Bloc will be housed, is a new initiative being developed by the Trust on the site of the Redemptoristine Convent which the Trust is in the process of converting. The Writing Bloc will be one of a number of organisations that will be based in the Creative Academy.
The Writing Bloc in Action
The Writing Bloc will occupy two floors in one wing of the Creative Academy. The top floor will be a unique, dedicated space for writers. For many working-class people space is at a premium, and the ‘writing garret’ is little more than a dream. Creative writing often requires a sustained, private period of dedicated work. The lack of a ‘room of one’s own’ is often cited as a reason for being unable to focus on the work in hand. It is one reason why virtually all writing courses in colleges and universities across the world offer writing residentials and see them as a key part of the development of a writer. In The Writing Bloc we will be able to offer four dedicated writing studios (three single and one double, for collaborative working). These will be made available in a variety of ways; short time slots for writers who need a place for a couple of hours after work, or weekends, regular lets for writers working on long-term projects, single use for a lengthy period of time, made available to visiting writers, or even, for example, offered as prizes in writing competitions. These rooms will be comfortable, adequately resourced with wireless internet access, etc., but most of all will be private, allowing writers the time to focus on the work they wish to complete.
The ground floor will be open plan, providing a flexible space to support a variety of writing and other creative activities, including: teaching, workshops, readings, group-writing for scripts and festival events. This too will be resourced in such a way as to be flexible and provide support for activities relevant to all age groups.
Examples of what could be offered:
  • Dedicated writing space(s) for individuals and groups
  • 1:1 tutoring/mentoring/editing, etc.
  • Author/Festival/Community events including book launches, debates, etc.
  • Creative writing classes and workshops
  • Field trips for schools/community groups/colleges/universities
  • Writer in residence
  • Drop-in writing support
  • Readinggroups
  • Publishing support
  • Writing resources
  • Rehearsal space
  • Regular performance of the work of all the writers/creatives involved with The Bloc
The above list is far from conclusive, as it is expected that the programmes and projects would be developed by those using the Bloc, in conjunction with the workers, volunteers and trustees.
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Write to Work: 'Jigsaw' available to buy online

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Missed the book launch? Jigsaw is now available to buy online and paperback soon from Waterstone's and directly from our office is Toxteth Library. This is the third book published from our course, Write to Work. The course is funded by the Liverpool City Region ESF Community Grant. 

Pre-order Your Copy of Rap Vs Rhyme LIVE

Missed the finale of our project Rap Vs. Rhyme on Wednesday at Studio 2? You can pre-order your own filmed copy of the event. Featuring exciting performances from C-Two and TL himself and  new work from the young participants of the project, this DVD is an absolute steal for £2.99 (exc. postage and packaging).

Pulp Idol Firsts 2018

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Pulp Idol has had many successes, but few so quickly as the outcome of this year’s competition. Runner-up Ariel Kahn’s debut novel was snapped up almost immediately after the final held in May during WoWFest 2018 by North-east based award-winning independent publisher Bluemoose Books. So, well done to Ariel – look out for his debut novel Raising Sparks, which will be published in 2018.

Congratulations also to all our finalists whose opening chapters are published here for the first time. The quality of writing in this, the 11th year of our annual competition, is as good as any in previous years, and we wish them all the best of luck in finding publishers for their work.

Pulp Idol was born out of a desire to achieve two things: to give a platform to the literary talent across the region and find an outlet for it by building a bridge between the national publishing industry and Merseyside. We have achieved this and more, with over ten writers finding success through publication and commissions, and more and more agents and publishers looking out for the latest batch of Pulp Idol finalists and signing them up. We now also welcome the many writers taking part from across the country.

Writing on the Wall is grateful to all the writers who entered the competition. We encourage them to keep on writing and enter again in the future - Deborah Morgan found success the second time she entered with her superb debut novel Disappearing Home being published by Tindall Street.

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