What We Do
Writing on the Wall (WoW) is a dynamic, Liverpool-based organisation which celebrates writing in all its forms through year-round writing development projects and an annual month-long literature festival. We are proud to be part of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio for Literature and have become a unique part of the cultural land scape of the Northwest. We are a not-for-profit, social enterprise and company limited by guarantee with charitable status established in 2002.
Throughout the entire month of May, the annual WoWfest presents an eclectic mix of local, national and international writers, spoken word performers, commentators and artists. The festival embraces a broad range of writing including journalism fiction and non-fiction, poetry, song-writing, and storytelling. WoWFest invites audiences to engage with crucial questions, diverse cultures, new ideas and artistic excellence in the beautiful venues and spaces that Liverpool has to offer.
As well as established authors, WoWfest showcases new and emerging talent from an array of writing and creative courses and projects, including What’s Your Story?, Write to Work, Superheroes: Words Are Our Power, and many more, that are part of WoW’s year-round offer. Through an extensive and exciting writing development programme WoW develops literacy in schools, promotes health and wellbeing, raises confidence and aspiration, helps to improve employment prospects and nurtures new and aspiring novelists.
Anthologies of original writing published in-house and developed through our writing programmes, our acclaimed Pulp Idol novel-writing competition and our digital platforms, present this new work to audiences across the UK and internationally and gives emerging talent a platform that brings it to the attention of both independent and mainstream publishers.