Liverpool
City Guide

"In Liverpool, there are a wide range of writing events, writing groups, open mics, festivals and courses for all genres of writing. With regard to cultural diversity however, for a British-Chinese writer, it has felt a little isolating at times. Amazingly, I have yet to meet another writer of Chinese heritage in the city! In recent years, however, I’ve felt hopeful that things are gradually changing and that opportunities are opening up for BAME writers."


Jennifer Lee Tsai

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Writing Courses and
Organisations

The Bluecoat Centre


The Bluecoat Centre is Liverpool’s beautiful centre for the contemporary arts. It holds many interesting writing events and courses in poetry, fiction and script writing. It’s well worth visiting as a source of inspiration and definitely one of my favourite arts venues. I’ve often enjoyed workshops and literature events here.

There is a monthly poetry event called ‘Talking Poetry’ where you can listen to poetry on vinyl, CD or cassette and discuss your favourites.

The Windows Project


The Windows Project in Liverpool is a charitable trust which was established in Liverpool in 1976 and delivers creative writing workshops in the community to all ages and abilities. As a writer, I have found them to be supportive, encouraging and inclusive. They offer a Writing Advice Desk offering free advice to writers every 1st Wednesday of the month from 5.30pm – 7.30pm at Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EW. They publish the long-running and respected small-press poetry magazine, SMOKE.

The Windows Project offers a Writers Attachment Scheme which provides professional development and training for new and aspiring writers. Placements typically take place at children’s playschemes, community centres, schools and libraries. The Writers Attachment Scheme is a unique opportunity for young and aspiring writers to receive mentoring from experienced writers. contact them on 07771 064 4325 email them windowsproject@btinternet.com 


The Centre for New
and International Writing


The Centre for New and International Writing at the University of Liverpool has an array of exciting writing events through the year. The University of Liverpool hosts the Liverpool Literary Festival

University courses


The University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool Hope University all provide creative writing courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. You can study for an MA in Screenwriting at Liverpool John Moores University and MA in Writing.
At Liverpool Hope, you can study Creative Writing at undergraduate level.


Centre for  Continuing Education


The Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Liverpool runs short creative writing courses in poetry, script writing and fiction throughout the year. These can be helpful when just starting out. Email conted@liverpool.ac.uk for their current academic year brochure and for further details.

Writing on the Wall


Writing on the Wall celebrates writing, creativity, diversity, community, social and economic justice. It hosts an annual literature festival, WOWFEST in May, presenting an eclectic mix of local, national and international writers, spoken word performers, commentators and artists. The festival includes a wide range of writing including journalism, fiction and non-fiction, poetry, songwriting, and storytelling.

During the year, WOW run various creative writing courses and projects and a novel writing competition called PULP IDOL.
It’s worth keeping up with their events and you can sign up to their mailing list.


Blackburne House


Blackburne House is a Liverpool-based charity that supports the development of women. It is housed in a beautiful Grade II listed building in the Georgian quarter and offers short creative writing courses for women

North End Writers

North End Writers is a registered charity which is run by Liverpool poet, Pauline Rowe. It promotes creative writing and its many benefits particularly amongst people resident in North Liverpool. It aims to promote, maintain, improve and advance education by the encouragement of the literary arts and creative writing in all its forms.

The charity runs projects, organises events, holds regular writers meetings and produces publications with the help of its members and friends in North Liverpool. They hold monthly meetings on second Saturdays at the Victoria Gallery & Museum and also monthly meetings at Walton Life Rooms (formerly Walton Library). Contact Pauline at northendwriters@gmail.com



Writing Groups

The Poised Pen
 

The Poised Pen are a NAWG affiliated writing group currently meeting in Cafe Porto, Rodney Street. The founding members first met in 2007 on a creative writing course, starting the group in 2009. See for more information.

The Laid Back Writers’ Group
 

The Laid Back Writers’ Group is a relaxed, informal group which meets once a month on a Sunday at 12pm at the Ship and Mitre Pub on Dale Street.



Workshops

Inklings


The Inklings are a friendly writers' group who welcome new writers. They are open to all writing, poetry, short stories, etc.

INKLINGS meets on Wednesdays, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, The Black-E, 1 Great George Street, Liverpool, L1 5EW in the The ECP Room.

For more information contact staff@theblack-e.co.uk



Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse is a central, vibrant hub in the city for writers and playwrights. It combines two wonderful theatres and Liverpool Everyman has a great café and bar. There are various excellent opportunities here for emerging writers and playwrights.

There is a Writer’s Room which is a free, bookable, quiet space at the Everyman, free for all playwrights to use. You can escape for a few hours to work on your current play or browse through the extensive script library. You can bring your own laptop or book in advance to use one of the two desktop computers.

laywrights can join the Everyman’s monthly Open Office in the Writers’ Room where you can chat about any script writing queries with the Literary Department. Sessions last around 30 minutes and take place between 3pm and 5pm on the last Friday of every month. Email literary@everymanplayhouse.com for more details.

Also available is the Playwright’s Programme. This is a free course for writers and theatre makers aged 18 +in Liverpool. Every year, up to ten writers have the chance to apply and join the programme and work closely with their New Works team to develop their playwriting skills and knowledge, with a view to writing a full-length stage play.

Liverpool Everyman are open to direct script submissions especially from writers in the Liverpool City region. You can submit a script to scripts@everymanplayhouse.com

If you are aged 18- 25, you can apply for the theatre’s two-year programme called YEP which is a brilliant opportunity for young writers to develop their playwriting skills, knowledge and experience in a challenging, practical and supportive environment.

See YEP for more information about the writing strand of the programme.



Open Mics

A Lovely Word


A Lovely Word is a friendly Spoken Word Open Mic which takes place on the 2nd Monday of every month at a great location, the Everyman Theatre Bistro on Hope Street. It’s free and eclectic and includes a headliner spoken word/performance poet on the evening. You can sign up for a 5-minute slot at the start of the evening from 7.30pm. First timers and practised poets are welcome.

Come Strut Your Stuff


Come Strut Your Stuff is an open mic on the 1st Monday of every month, 8pm at The Egg Café, 16-18 Newington (off Bold Street), Liverpool L1 4ED

Dead Good Poets Society


Dead Good Poets Society is a long-established open mic held on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm at Blackburne House Bistro, Blackburne Place, Hope Street, Liverpool L8 7PE

Other Open Mics


There is also: LIVER BARDS, Open mic poetry on the 1st Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm at Ma Boyle's Bar, off Water Street, Liverpool L3 1LG.

Every Friday at 4pm-6pm, weather permitting, there is the BOMBED OUT POETS Open Mic at St Luke’s Church, Leece Street, Liverpool L1 2TR.



Guest Poetry Events

Gramophone Ray Gun


There is an occasional experimental poetry event called Gramophone Ray Gun with invited readers at Everyman Theatre, 5-11 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BH, 0151 708 3700.