Pen To Print

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Pen to Print is Barking & Dagenham’s Arts Council England (ACE), Library National Portfolio Organisation (NPO).

Established by the library service the Pen to Print programme has been working in Barking & Dagenham since 2014 funded by Barking & Dagenham and Arts Council England.  Becoming an ACE National Portfolio Organisation in 2018, we have just commenced our second period of NPO funding 2023 to 2026. As part of the library offer in our Community Hubs, Pen to Print is an established network of free writer support.

Offering advice guidance and collaboration with authors of all backgrounds and experience our priorities are writers from communities currently underrepresented in the wider publishing industry. Having established a regional network of writers we now reach audiences both nationally and internationally. To support this ambition we offer a multi-faceted free programme of activities, events, classes and workshops.
We welcome everyone to connect and collaborate with Pen to Print, Barking & Dagenham and our partners.
Here are some opportunities to do so.

Opportunities with Pen to Print

Pen to Print encourages everyone in developing a career in the publishing industry and offers you the chance to learn how with us. As part of that we often give you the opportunity to develop your creative practice and work with Pen to Print by delivering sessions, whether you are an expert and worked in the industry for years, or just starting out on your career and looking for a chance to hone your skills. We welcome any UK based creatives to work with us but particularly encourage those who are Black, Asian or from other ethnic minority backgrounds and / or lower socio-economic backgrounds, LGBTQ+, disabled or neurodivergent.

If you have an idea for an event, class or workshop we would love to hear from you please download a Proposal Form and email it to us at  If you have any questions please contact us.

Opportunities with Our Partners

Spread The Word LogoSpread the Word, London’s literature development agency, is recruiting for a part-time role: A Programme and Communications Assistant

We are an arts charity and an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. Founded in 1995 by novelist Bernardine Evaristo MBE and Ruth Borthwick (who went on to be Director of Arvon), we work to support, develop and advocate for London’s writers and to develop a thriving and diverse literature scene in London.

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We create opportunities for storytellers, creatives and readers to change the conversations we have and reimagine the world we live in by: running inclusive

 creative writing programmes; offering practical ways for writers to get their work into the world; discovering Londoners who love words; and nurturing those who want to write, read and share stories.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Programme and Communications Assistant to provide vital administrative support across our programme of activity as well as working closely with the Communications and Impact Manager to support Spread the Words communications in print and online.

This multifaceted position requires excellent organisational, time management, communication, and engagement skills. We’re looking for an enthusiastic person who is keen to develop their career in the arts and deepen their passion for literature, cultural democracy and supporting London’s writers.