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Call for underrepresented writers for new training programme

Writing on the Wall’s (Wow) schools project Superheroes: Words are our Power presents a six-week training programme for writers who would like to develop their delivery skills in an educational setting, exploring leading workshops and developing residencies in primary schools. You can find out more about Superheroes: Words are our Power at www.writingonthewall.org.uk/schools 


At WoW we support the essential need for diversity and representation in educational settings across Merseyside, and we are looking to diversify our writers’ team.  The course will provide first step support for writers to help them build a career within schools and we are actively seeking underrepresented writers to take part in this training programme with the aim to help them gain paid employment through the Super Heroes project and the wider arts and culture community. 

Training programme

This is a six-week, training course for writers wishing to explore the possibilities of working in education through workshops and writing residencies. Participants will explore good practice and study creative models for working in educational settings. On the course, writers will build a unique ‘toolkit’ of resources, workshop-ideas and creative activities suitable for the classroom. Whilst exploring the practicality of working in primary schoolswith teachers and the curriculum. 


The programme has been created in consultation with Mandy Coe and will be led by Writing on the Wall’s Project Manager for Children and Young People Alice Bunker-Whitney with guest artists and teachers. 

Mandy Coe has been featured on BBC radio and television (Woman's Hour, Poetry Please and CBeebies) as well as the Radio Times and the Guardian. Based in the North West of England, Mandy writes poetry for adults and children and as an educationalist has been commissioned to write poems and educational material for the Barbican, the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf, National Poetry Day, National Galleries, the Write Team (Bath Festivals), The Poetry Society and Booktrust. She reads at poetry and literature events throughout the UK and her work as an educationalist has been featured in the TES.


Alice Bunker-Whitney joined the team this year as WoW’s Project Manager for Children and Young People and leads on Superheroes: Words are our Power. Alice graduated from Liverpool Hope University with a first-class degree in Drama and is theatre maker, performer, and youth arts facilitator. Alice is a highly experienced youth arts facilitator and is passionate about stories; reading them, performing them, writing them & most importantly helping people to share theirs. She has led creative projects with young people for Altru Drama, Travelled Companions, M6 theatre, Unity Theatre, YEP, 20 Stories High, Cotton Shed and Hope Street Limited and has extensive experience of working in schools and delivering creative education. When Alice isn’t working at WoW she can be found dancing in the street dressed as a bumble bee with her street theatre company EggPeople www.eggpeople.co.uk. Alice believes in the power of creativity and play and will chat to anyone about it, probably offering them a slice of cake too.  



This course is for:  

  • Experienced writers of any discipline (you do not need to write for children.)  
  • Writers based in the North West (with priority going to writers in the Liverpool City Region.)  
  • People who have no or limited experience of working with children in an education setting.  
  • Writers from diverse, underrepresented backgrounds; Black, Asian, LGBTQI+, working class, disabled writers, and Women. 

What to expect from the course:

  • Introduction to school life, the Key Stages and your role in the classroom.  Build knowledge of creative education and the role of English within the curriculum.  
  • Explore games, activities, and resources to use in an educational setting.  
  • How to create your own educational resources.  
  • Explore the power of diversity and representation in the classroom. 
  • Learn how to take your practice into an educational setting and impart your passion.  
  • Build confidence in yourself and your practise  
  • Build a network of professionals to advance your career 



23rd, 30th July 

6th, 13th20th, 27th August  
Please note that spaces are limited and if you are successful you must be available to begin on the 23rd of July and commit to all sessions.
The course will run on Zoom 2pm-4pm starting on Thursday 23rd July 2020 and run until Thursday 27th August 2020.

Please apply by filling out an application, click here to download your copy
Then send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for applications has been extended until 15th July, 12pm