We support writers at all stages of their careers, connecting them with opportunity and helping them help themselves. We are committed to diversity and to the socially engaged use of literature to develop communities and support wellbeing.

We do this by running workshops, writing courses, talent development programmes, providing seed funding and commissioning writing professionals to work in communities.

We work in partnership with a broad range of cultural organisations, encouraging relationships between writers and communities by running residencies in all sorts of settings – visitor centres, schools, museums, libraries, care homes – at inner city, rural and in between locations, supporting the varying demographics in the South West region.

While the Literature Works team is based in Plymouth, we connect with communities and support emerging writers across the South West. Our region is large, encapsulating a varied demographic of both major cities and rural areas, from Gloucestershire down to Land’s End and across to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. We believe that literature is for everyone and strive to ensure the best of South West talent is given a foundation to thrive. We host a vibrant online community of emerging and established writers. Through the Seed Bed, we make small seed-funding grants to community-based projects, which we then mentor and support to develop. This is just some of our work, see our current projects.