***

Writers' Block 2019

Photo by Jay Moussa-Mann

WHO ARE WE?

 

Since 2010 Writers' Block has played a part in laying the foundations for a sustainable creative infrastructure across the Tees Valley, and provided a platform for writers in the Tees Valley to enter into creative careers. A number of our writers have been made offers by prominent agents as a direct result of WBNE development opportunities.

 

WBNE has assisted first time writers from diverse social and cultural communities to devise, write, perform in and distribute their original works. WBNE encourages a joined-up approach to creativity, and many participants who initially engged with us as writers have gone on to become involved in aspects of design, production and performance of written works.

 

We have supported collaborations between writers and other creative professionals, and between creative practitioners and creative and digital organizations.

 

We have worked directly with more than 200 individuals who had never engaged with arts activity previously, and with our support they went on to participate in other local and national arts-based opportunities.

 

We work closely with regional arts organisations including Apples and Snakes, mima and New Writing North. This interconnected network of support ensures writers create and share great writing with a broad, diverse audience.

 

Want to get involved? Then GET INVOLVED.

Email us: wbne2017@gmail.com

Writers’ Block NE are doing fantastic work in developing local talent. As a literary agent, I see first hand the value such organisations as this bring to the industry. Their expertise and attention to detail is helping shape the talents of writers in a number of fields and the guidance they offer their authors adds a worthwhile mark of quality to the work they produce. Long may they continue.

John Berlyne, Director, Zeno Agency Ltd

In towns like Middlesbrough, writing groups like this are key to giving people a way in to what can often seem an intimidating and closed world from the outside and bringing attention to a diverse range of new voices. I came away having met some promising new talents that otherwise might not have crossed my path and would love to continue to work with Writers' Block North East in the future.

Tanya Tillett, Knight Hall Agency Ltd

'Start writing no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on' - Louis L'Amour