Writing East Midlands is the literature development agency for the region. We support writers at various stages in their careers, connecting them with opportunity, and helping them to help themselves.
We do this by running workshops and writing courses, arranging mentoring relationships and manuscript appraisals, offering one-to-one career development sessions, organising conferences and helping with festivals and events around the region.
In partnership with a broad range of cultural organisations, we encourage new relationships between writers and communities by running residencies in all sorts of settings – schools, community groups, museums, libraries, theatres, prisons, care homes – in city, rural, and in-between, locations. We also believe, passionately, that engaging with literature, innovatively, can bring people from different backgrounds closer together. We all have an innate need to tell our stories and have them be heard. Our activities create safe spaces where professional and emerging writers work with participants to explore these stories, inspiring people to traverse memories and culture and find new ways to share their hopes, fears and aspirations.
We have worked to increase access to creative activities amongst Roma communities, refugee and migrant communities, women escaping domestic abuse, offenders, and will now be working to reduce feelings of disengagement amongst Older People. And we run writers groups, dens, and projects to inspire the next generation of children and young people.
Vision, Mission and Values
We believe in an open society, which for us means everyone should have equal access to the means of creativity and expression. This value informs the work we do, the areas we work in, the people we work with, and an ongoing dialogue with contemporary society through our programmes and projects.
We like activities that:
– Contribute to our understanding of how people experience community arts activity.
– Support diversity in creative, vibrant, communities.
– Contribute to the lowering of the barriers caused by disadvantage or isolation.
– Share resources in strong partnerships.
WEM is a catalytic organisation working to help writers help themselves. We are a thinking and doing organisation which is validated when activities that we have initiated are taken up locally enabling us to direct resources to new ideas and projects in other areas.