If you're ready to take your writing further, want to organise a school visit or just need some inspiration, the links below may help you out.
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General writing links
- Adventures in Fiction (commercial)
An independent editorial consultancy providing a confidential, one-to-one mentoring service to writers for a fee.
- Arvon Foundation
Runs a wide range of residential creative writing courses.
Publishers listed by genre and alphabetically.
Industry news plus features, author interviews, best-seller charts, events and a book fairs catalogue.
Book trade site including news and directories of agents, publishers, awards and bookshops.
For readers, writers and librarians based in the West Midlands region, with useful online resources.
- Literary Consultancy (commercial)
Details of how to send in poems and stories for professional evaluation for a fee.
- Mslexia Magazine
Wide-ranging articles for women who write.
- Open University
Open University distance-learning course information.
- Writers & Artists Yearbook Online
Advice, tips, information and competitions to help writers make it into print and advice on how to publish work.
- Writer's News magazine
A guide to the world of writing, with the emphasis on getting into print.
- Writers Services (commercial)
Commercial services for unpublished writers, including reader's and editor's reports, and copy editing.
Find your local independent bookshop
Find inspiration in your local independent bookshop with this store locator on the Booksellers website.
Organisations supplying writers for school visits
- Apples & Snakes
Apples & Snakes promote performance poetry, support artists and provide poets to work in schools around London and offer training to teachers to develop their confidence and creativity in teaching poetry. Sessions can be tailored to suit the schools' needs. Teachers' resources can also be found on their website.
- Authors Abroad
Authors Abroad provides school visits throughout the UK, using a hand-picked selection of leading UK authors, poets and illustrators. From storytellers to rapping poets, literature walks, wacky illustrators, and high-flying author presentations, their mission is to provide the highest quality inspirational school visits to enhance and support the quality of education provided in school.
- Kernow Education Arts Partnership
Cornwall-based arts education partnership working with schools and the wider community. It aims to provide support to teachers and creative practitioners and advises schools on working with artists of all disciplines. It also supports artists and arts organisations in developing their education work. The website regularly updates opportunity listings and case studies of local arts projects. They also provide training for teachers.
- National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)
NAWE supports creative writing in all genres and in all community and education settings and produces online resources, publications and training events. It also features the Artscape directory - a national directory of writers who work in schools.
- National Centre for Language and Literacy
The Centre supports teachers, parents and governors in a wide range of ways - through a unique collection of resources, publications, an extensive programme of courses and conferences, ongoing research, and a membership scheme designed to meet the needs of individual schools. Schools can find authors, illustrators and storytellers for school visits and projects via the NCLL UK-wide database.
- New Writing North
New Writing North runs education projects and provides support for writers and teachers. It has developed a creative writing course module for teachers that is delivered by the School of English at Newcastle University. The module can be built into school projects so that teachers receive in-depth training whilst projects are running in schools. They also programme and deliver Creative Days for teachers which focus on how best to use creative writing workshop methods in the classroom.
- New Writing South
New Writing South's Creative Learning Team has been placing professional writers in schools across the south east for over seven years. Their writers have worked with thousands of young people, inspiring their imaginations and encouraging their creativity. The Creative Learning Team includes poets, screenwriters, novelists, stand-up comedians, TV and radio writers, journalists, playwrights and crime writers. All are CRB checked, most are Arts Award Advisors, and everyone is highly trained and experienced at working in schools. Their work is described as a model of practice by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.
- Speaking of Books
The agency works with some of the biggest names in children's books (including Anne Fine, Michael Rosen, Jeremy Strong and many more) and only recommend the very best.
Places to visit
- Seven Stories - The Centre for Children's Books
Seven Stories in Newcastle is the only exhibition space in the UK dedicated to the celebration of British children's literature. Its changing programme of exhibitions is designed to spark the imaginations of children and adults, and inspire exciting new work. The centre features storytelling sessions, events with authors and illustrators and school and family activities.
- Shakespeare's Globe
Shakespeare's Globe on London's South Bank is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education. Globe Education has a schools programme that runs alongside performances and also offers online resources.
- The Poetry Library
The Poetry Library is the most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1912 in Britain. Its education department houses a teaching poetry collection (textbooks, classroom anthologies and workbooks), loans books for classroom use, gives advice to young poets and provides information on useful organisations which can help schools with poetry and creative writing, among other services.
- The British Library
The British Library in London offers resources including books, journals, newspapers, video, sound recordings including audio interviews with famous writers and a huge online resource. There are also regular, free workshops offered to primary and secondary schools to accompany the Library's programme of events.
- The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire aims to inspire pupils from Year 3 to Year 7 to find pleasure in reading and writing creatively. Pupils are encouraged to play with language, create colourful characters and think up perfect plots. There are biographical galleries that reveal the stories behind the stories and a Story Centre that lets pupils' imaginations take centre stage.
Support for writing and literacy in schools
- Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
- The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education is an educational centre that provides training courses and consultancy for schools and teachers, teaching assistants, other educators, parents and families in London and nationally as well as classroom-based research and development and publications.
FILMCLUB provides free weekly access to thousands of classic and popular titles as well as to film industry news, events and talent. Through its website it encourages young people to watch, discuss and review a wide range of films - from blockbusters to foreign language films, black and white classics and absorbing documentaries. Special sections on the site devoted to 'Writers', 'Films of Books' and 'Myths and Legends' can be used by teachers to bring writing to life and introduce children, through film, to books they wouldn't normally read. Also available for teachers are a series of fun and informative, free downloadable film guides packed with facts, review writing tips and talking points.