Writing Wrongs and Unlock the Arts Academy

Writing Wrongs and the Unlock the Arts Academy are two programmes designed for students in Year 12 or their first year of college who are interested in developing their creative knowledge and skillset.

Writing Wrongs is a programme about social justice, and about writing. Participants respond to a social justice issue of their choice through writing. Students can choose to write in any format they wish, including short fiction, poetry, rap or song lyrics, journalism, or a section of a play. They work with professional writers and researchers to develop their writing skills. Additionally, they will learn about pursuing a career in writing, and have opportunities to ask questions of and chat with real-life writers. Through a combination of engaging workshops and individual feedback from academics, professional writers, and current students, you will be supported to create your own piece of writing on a social issue that you are passionate about. All participants receive extensive individual feedback from our writing team and career advice from a range of professional writers. Prizes will be awarded for the best pieces of writing.

The programme takes place in the Spring term, and is open to students from anywhere in the UK. The programme will be held online, with an optional physical event for those interested in exploring our campus. The programme will take place on the following dates:

  • 13/01/2022 (5-6.30pm)
  • 10/02/2022 (5-6.30pm)
  • 17/03/2022 (5-6.30pm)
  • 28/04/2022 (5-6.30pm)
  • 28/05/2022 (optional on-campus event)


The Unlock the Arts Academy allows students to learn more about the arts and creative industries. Students will receive 6 virtual or physical sessions, including masterclasses from professionals on how to get jobs in industries such as publishing, broadcasting and production. Students will hone their skills as a creative entrepreneur and networker and visit some of Bristol's most interesting creative companies. In this programme, you'll also get to learn about how the skills you get from studying an Arts and Humanities degree translate into the real world of work.

This programme is only open to students local to the Bristol area. The programme will start on the 27th of January and end at the end of March 2022.




Applications for Writing Wrongs and Unlock the Arts are now closed for 2021/22.

Please send any enquiries to arts-outreach@bristol.ac.uk.

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If this project is oversubscribed, we will give priority to those who meet all or most of the following criteria:

  • live in an area of low participation in higher education (check here)  which is a score of 1 or 2 for the category 'POLAR4 young participation quintile'
  • are a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic student
  • attend an aspiring state school or college
  • are or have been eligible for free school meals
  • have spent three or more months in local authority care
  • are currently an estranged student
  • are part of the first generation in your family to go to university.
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