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

Libraries services across the Black Country have teamed up with Boomwriter for the Skrawl story-writing 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 during National Libraries Week on Monday 7 October and, over four weeks, budding writers will 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.

 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.

Councillor Laura Taylor, Dudley Council's Cabinet Member responsible for libraries, said: “We tend to think of libraries as a home for books, but they can also be a source of inspiration for writers, a launch pad for creative thought. This competition is a great way to encourage budding writers to turn in a few chapters on topics we can all relate to and it would be wonderful to see some Dudley borough writers shortlisted.”


David Potts, Partnership Manager for Dudley Libraries and Archives said: “This is a fantastic way for creative writers in Dudley to take part in an activity covering the whole of the Black Country. Everyone can take part for free. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned writer or it is your first time. I think Dudley will produce some excellent contributions” 

It's free to join Dudley's libraries – for more information, please visit www.better.org.uk/library/dudley, or search for dudleylibraries on Twitter and Facebook.