Writing East Midlands is the writer development agency for the region. We run creative writing events and projects and we develop opportunities for emerging and established writers.

We work in partnership with a broad range of cultural organisations including schools, universities, arts venues, museums, libraries, producers and local authorities to encourage relationships between writers and their communities.

For writers we run workshops, writing courses, mentoring schemes, critical appraisals, and one-to-one career development sessions. We organise residencies over varying lengths of time in all sorts of settings. Some connect local writers to new local audiences, or support other arts activity.Others may help to uplift literacy and creativity in a school, contribute to feelings of well being in a group of elders, or offer an outlet for self-expression in a young offenders unit.

Do contact us if you have an idea for a residency and we’ll be only too pleased to talk.

Residencies also play a large part in our work with young people. We not only inspire young people to take an interest in writing but we also give them a space to perform their work at the very popular Lyric Lounge spoken word festivals, which have traveled the region since 2009 as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Finally, we work with partners to help put on all sorts of festivals ranging from Alt.Fiction which has made the East Midlands a destination for fans of horror, sci fi and fantasy writing, to Nottingham’s new Festival of Words which will hopefully become a prominent landmark in the national literature calendar over the next few years.

Take a look around our website to find out about the work we’re currently doing, or give us a call on 0115 9597929.

You can also find us at www.facebook.com/writingeastmidlands

Or join the conversation at twitter.com/WritingEM

We look forward to hearing from you!


Writing East Midlands supports, promotes and champions writing from the East Midlands to create opportunities for practising writers and to discover new writers of quality.

To do this we will:

  • Find and develop new talent
  • Raise awareness of writers and writing in the East Midlands
  • Support publishers in the region
  • Encourage writing from all cultural backgrounds
  • Expand the writer economy in the region
  • Develop partnerships and broker new relationships
  • Promote East Midlands’ writers locally, nationally and internationally
  • Provide information and support


We value openness, equal access to the means of creativity, freedom of expression and the removal of barriers to creative thought and writing. These values underpin the agency’s development work with writers, literature events, projects, and relationships with partners.

This means that we:

  • Work with others to build a vibrant, viable writing economy
  • Respect people and their endeavours
  • Are committed to working in partnerships
  • Work with integrity and openness