Who We Are
The Writing Squad provides workshops, 1-1 support and investment for young writers.
Our free two year programme is for writers aged 16-21 who live, work or study in the North of England.
After that we continue to offer our writers support as they begin their careers.
We help them establish themselves as individual artists, collectives and start up companies.
We link writers and activists with the literature industry and independent sector, while encouraging them to produce and distribute work themselves.
Our support is rigorous and long term. What we offer is shaped by the constant renewal of their needs, ambitions and circumstances.
We work with all genres – poets and prose writers, playwrights and script writers, creative-non fictioneers, lyricists and performance artists, as well as those who want to try everything, and those who haven’t decided if or what they want to specialise in.
We take Squad writers seriously as writers, artists and activists, they just happen to be young.
We are a community of artists who make new work together and support each other’s development.
We have worked with 245 since 2001. At the last count, 20% make their living as writers or in the cultural industries, a further 28% are beginning to make a name for themselves and/or earn some of their living as published, performed or produced writers and activists. In April 2020 we recruited another 30 writers.
For us building is a verb, not a noun. Our assets are people and time. Our funding from Arts Council England goes into activity rather than overheads.
Arts Council support means that all our activities are free and, if needed, we can help people with the travel and access costs to take part in them.