Finding new writers with different stories to tell

WriteNow is our award-winning programme which aims to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the nation's bookshelves.

"Sometimes you need someone or something to empower you: to show you the truth of what you can be and that's what the WriteNow process did for me. I have gained strength from this process, and Penguin Random House has made me feel like I have a seat at the table."

Published author and WriteNow mentee Charlene Allcott

Through WriteNow we host free workshops for talented writers, offering information and inspiration about how to get published. Participants are given the chance to hear from published authors and literary agents, and receive personalised one-to-one feedback on their work from an editor. We then take forward the most promising writers onto our year-long mentoring programme - pairing them with one of our editors to help develop their manuscript, with the ultimate aim of publishing their work.

WriteNow Liverpool - Editorial 1-1
Sarah Collins and Nikesh Shukla - WriteNow authors panel

WriteNow at a glance

  • 450 writers at 9 regional workshops
  • 98% said the workshop had increased their confidence
  • 33 writers mentored
  • 8 book deals and counting

A new route to publication

So far, we have published eight writers through WriteNow: Charlene Allcott, Geraldine Quigley, Emma Morgan, Emma Smith-Barton, Elizabeth Jane-Burnett, Rashmi Sirdeshpande, Manjeet Mann and Gareth Peter.

WriteNow 2020

In 2019 we ‘did a Glastonbury’ and took a year out to give ourselves the opportunity to re-group and focus on the 32 current and alumni mentees on the programme. But don’t worry – we will definitely be back this year.

Keep an eye on this page for news and updates. In the meantime, you can sign up to our WriteNow newsletter below to be notified when we open applications.