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 two part-time roles: a Programme Manager – Community Engagement and a Communications and Impact Manager.

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.

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.

The Women’s Museum – Women’s Museum Curator This role is part of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Culture and Heritage Service. The purpose of this role is to lead on the conception and delivery of the Women’s Museum. The role is managed by the Senior Curator for Culture Programmes and will work closely with the Curator for New Town Culture and Culture and Heritage Co-ordinator. The Women’s Museum is a new artistic, social and project space in the heart of Barking. It will support collaboration and participation relating to the experiences of women and girls through the lens of art and culture. The Women’s Museum will be bravely outspoken on issues affecting women and girls, trans and non-binary communities and connected to organisations and services led by and for women and girls in London.