We’re offering a brand new children’s writing and professional development programme for a dynamic cohort of twelve new and exciting young writers, from diverse backgrounds, whose voices need to be heard and whose stories need to be told.

Over fourteen workshops, participants will improve their writing, develop their craft and hone their skills under the guidance of Stories Of Care’s Lead Artist, Oliver Sykes and our team of Production Assistants. Alongside guest workshops from Stories Of Care Founder Sophie WillanAlex Wheatle MBE, Danielle Jawando and Dominic Berry.

They will be supported to create their first short story for children aged 7-12, which will be published in a vibrant anthology that is inspired by our experiences and fired by our imaginations.

The programme will also include enrichment activities, community-led events and socials.

Who we’re looking for:

We are looking for inspiring new writers, with bags of passion and ambition,  who would relish the opportunity to level up the quality of their writing and develop their creative careers. As the project is inspired by the personal background of our Lead Artist, and additionally, the backgrounds of our Stories Of Care team, we are keen to ring-fence this opportunity to individuals who are ethnically and socio-economically underrepresented in the Arts; with a particular focus on young people from low-income, single parent and care-experienced backgrounds. 


You must be available to attend all workshops, which will take place on the following Wednesday evenings:

Session 1: 23 June 2021
Session 2: 30 June 2021

Session 3: 7 July 2021
Session 4: 14 July 2021
Session 5: 21 July 2021
Session 6: 28 July 2021

Session 7: 04 August 2021
Session 8: 11 August 2021
Session 9: 18 August 2021

Session 10: 25 August 2021

Session 11: 8 September 2021
Session 12: 22 September 2021

Session 13: 06 October 2021
Session 14: 20 October 2021

All sessions will run from 6:30pm-9.30pm at various spaces in Greater Manchester.

We will provide travel expenses for all workshops and (Covid-19 restrictions permitting) we will also provide food for all workshops. 

How to apply:

Please fill out our application form here.

If you are having problems with completing the application via Jotform, please download the Word document and complete your application using Word. Please submit your completed form to

Deadline for applications is Sunday 6th June 2021.
Applicants will be notified of the result of their application by Friday 11th June 2021.