West End Writes

West End Writes is a community based programme working in the Benwell and Scotswood areas of Newcastle. We have been given significant funding by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to explore and deliver a co-creative approach to cultural development in these communities, working with local residents and key partners over the next three years.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the work we are developing in the West End please email our West End Writes Producer at [email protected]

Start Writing: Creative Writing Workshops at West End Library

A friendly and safe space to share your story and experiences

Would you like to try your hand at creative writing? This six-week course led by Tahmina Ali will explore using creative writing and poetry to express your identity and tell your story.

A friendly and safe space to share your story and experiences. All abilities are welcome. West End postcodes will be prioritised. Please contact Amy Robson if you would like to apply or find out more [email protected].

Time and Date: 10.15–11.45am, Fridays, 4 August, 2023–8 September, 2023

Venue: West End Library, 6 Condercum Rd, Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 9JH

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Brown Girls Write

Are you tired of the lack of people of colour in literature? It’s time for Brown Girls to create their own narratives and characters. Brown Girls Write is a creative writing group for all women of colour aged 16+. It is a place where women can come together to share and write, building bridges between home life and creative practice. It’s free to take part and no writing experience is necessary — just come along, have a go and meet other Brown Girl writers!
Brown Girls Write is a programme created by our Creative Associate Sharmin Islam.

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West End Writes Drop-in

Do you have a story to tell? Maybe you have a creative idea you’d like to make happen, or you’re already doing things and are looking for your next step?
West End Writes community drop-in is open to anyone based in Benwell or Scotswood. Join us for a cup of tea, a biscuit, and a friendly chat with our creative producer Tearlach, who is on hand to listen to your ideas and help make things happen.

Time and date: 10am-12pm, every Tuesday

Venue: St James Church, Benwell Lane, Benwell, Newcastle, NE15 6RS

Price: Free

World Writes

World Writes is a free multilingual English language creative writing group for adults (16+) who speak English as a second, or other language (ESOL). World Writes encourages and supports members to think and write creatively whilst developing their existing English language skills and celebrating multilingualism. The group welcomes ESOL speakers of all levels, and supports individuals to find new ways of expressing themselves in their mother tongue whilst exploring the creative possibilities in the connection between mother tongues and English language. No experience is necessary!

Sign up for World Writes