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Write to Work: your chance to take part in free writing course

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley residents are invited to apply to take part in a free 12 week digital writing course.

Hosted by Writing on the Wall (WoW), a Liverpool-based organisation that celebrates writing, the course is aimed at those who are currently unemployed and offers local writers the chance to build their portfolio, develop key writing skills and take the next positive steps of their career.

This course starts on Wednesday 9 September 2020, with applications accepted until 12pm, Wednesday 24 August 2020.

Over 12 weeks WoW will be hosting workshops, masterclasses and social meetings with published writers and industry professionals, all offering their personal insights and tips for success. At the end of the course participants’ work is published in an anthology, which will then be sold in local bookstores, Waterstones and online.

For the first time, there will also be one-on-one mentoring support for participants with industry professionals. Write to Work features sessions on blogging, arts criticism, social media, copywriting and even writing for radio.

From the six previous Write to Work courses:

  • 31% of participants went onto further education
  • 35% of participants went onto became employed or self employed
  • 20% started volunteering in the creative sectors
  • Many participants have had work published in the Guardian, the Double Negative and many other local and national publications
  • 4% of participants went onto use Writing on the Wall’s other services including Enterprise Hub which helps give free business advice and Pulp Idol writing competition as well as self-publish their own books

To be eligible to apply you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be currently unemployed (Writing on the Wall cannot accept anyone in zero hours contracts or on furlough schemes or in education).
  • You must have the legal right to live and work in the UK, up to the end date of the course.
  • You must currently live in the Liverpool city region, including the parts of the Wirral listed as Merseyside.
  • You must be 18 years old or older.
  • You must have access to the internet.

Read more information on the course on the Writing on the Wall website. To apply, email info@writingonthewall.org.uk.