Write to Work
Using the many successful methods employed, Write to Work evolved from our What's Your Story? project and is an innovative twelve-week programme, dedicated to supporting unemployed participants helping them to gain opportunities for pathways to employment, further education or training within the writing sector. Everyone on the Write to Work course has the chance to get published in an anthology which is presented at the end of the course at a celebration event.
The Write to Work project involved the contribution of a diverse range of industry professionals and published writers who were Welsh novelist of the year Manon Steffan Ros, BBC playwright Jeff Young, award winning poet Mandy Coe, along with local leading independent cultural magazines such as Bido Lito! and The Double Negative. Sessions were focused on various disciplines such as blogging, social media, creative writing, copy-writing, podcasting and radio, arts criticism, playwrighting, factual writing, journalism and many more.
Out of the 45 participants who took part on the Write to Work project, 41% have now gone on to obtain employment or self-employment within the writing sector. While also having been published in anthologies of their individual courses which are available online or through local independent booksellers like News From Nowhere as well as high street chain Waterstones.
Many have now been published in:
- The Guardian seven times (My mother's ice tea, my dad in the Marines, My gran's jam sandwiches, Grandma's stolen brussel sprouts, George's jam fritters, My lentil slop, Nonna's minestra)
- The Double Negative
- Bido Lito
- have entered flash fiction competitions
- have got a publishing deal
- have become Pulp Idol finalists
...and many more publications, as well as having gone onto freelance opportunities.
Feedback from participants on the project:
- I feel confident in about how to get work, I also got published in The Guardian because of this course. I feel this course has been a watershed moment for me and I am so grateful to all involved.
- It has been such an amazing course I realised my strengths and limitations things I could build and strengthen. I have created a blog for myself as a result of this course, gained confidence in myself and my ability and have gained an amazing insight into being published.
- I feel more confident both with my writing and in myself, I have a potential copywriting position lined up (voluntary) and have submitted some poetry to a magazine. I’m also more comfortable interacting socially in a group.
Thanks to further funding, we are now putting on two more Write to Work courses, one based at Toxteth Library, the other in the Life Rooms, Walton Library.