WriteNow aims to find, mentor and publish talented writers from communities under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves. This includes writers from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) and LGBTQ communities, writers with disabilities and socio-economically marginalised writers.
WriteNow offers writers the chance to attend free regional workshops, where they hear from published authors and literary agents and get personalised feedback on their book from an editor. We then invite writers with the greatest potential to join our year-long WriteNow mentoring programme, matching them with an editor to develop their manuscript.
Launched in 2016, to date 450 writers have attended 9 regional events, with 98% of participants saying taking part had increased their confidence as a writer. 32 writers have joined our year-long mentoring programme and we have so far published books from 7 writers discovered through WriteNow, with more to come.