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Chance for budding authors to get Skrawling!

Published 7th October 2019

Everyone has one novel in them, so the saying goes – and budding authors in Sandwell are being given the chance to unleash their creative side.

Libraries services have teamed up with Boomwriter for the Black Country Skrawl storywriting competition.

Using software provided by Boomwriter, adults will have the opportunity to write creatively about events that symbolise their lives in the Black Country – musing, memories, (mis)adventures and more.

The competition launches today (Monday 7 October) at the start of National Libraries Week and, over four weeks, beginning on Monday 14 October, budding writers can write about certain subjects.

From 14 October, the theme will be School Days, from 21 October it's My Street, from 28 October the focus is Fun and Games and from 4 November, the theme is Letter to My 12-Year-Old Self.

This Thursday (10 October), there is a launch event open to all interested parties at Central Library, West Bromwich, between 10am and 2pm, to learn more about the project and for a hands-on introduction.

Councillor Bob Lloyd, Sandwell Council's cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, said: “This is a great chance for anyone who thinks they have a tale to tell.

“A lot of people feel they have a story that people might like to hear and this is the opportunity to get things going and make sure other people hear what you have to say.”

All written work from across the Black Country submitted for each chapter will be voted on by the participants to decide an overall winner for that chapter.

The winner and three runners-up will be featured in the finished book.

To register to take part, please email enquiries@skrawl.com as soon as possible.