Writer Squads are New Writing South’s flagship project to support the development of young writers across the south-east. There are several squads across the region for writers aged 13 – 17, in Oxford, Brighton, Rye, Margate, Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Tower Poetry is based at Christ Church Oxford and runs a Summer School for Young Poets aged 18-24. Some places are allocated to winners of the Tower Poetry Competition for poets aged 16-18. Others are awarded after an application process each spring. The next summer school will be held in 2018.
New Writing Cumbria is setting up a writing group for enthusiastic writers of poetry, novels, short stories, plays, film or TV script, blog posts, memoir, journalism, and other non-fiction. Work with professional writers, meet other young writers and publish and perform your work!
Barbican Young Poets is a poetry workshop and community for budding young writers, which gives you the chance to create, craft and perform poetry and spoken word. By the end of the year, you’ll have produced a portfolio of work, contributed to a published anthology, and had experience of performing on the Barbican’s stages and […]
Young Writers Online is a friendly community dedicated to providing a place for members to improve the quality of their writing through honest critique, discussion, and literary exercises. The site also holds many competitions and events throughout the year, including the YWO Writing Olympics and the Young Writers Award.
Leeds Young Authors runs activities that focus on using creative writing, spoken word/performance poetry, and the competitive environment of poetry slams. Workshops in the Host Media Centre in Leeds, with sessions for 8-12 year olds and 13-19 year olds, plus mentoring for 17-25 year olds.
Would you like some advice on developing your writing? Perhaps a bit of inspiration to get started, or feedback on something you are working on? Then New Writing North’s young writers’ groups could be the thing for you. Sessions are held on a fortnightly basis and all are led by a professional writer. They offer […]
Free, monthly workshops for young people aged 16 to 25 across Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsely (who do not attend a Hive group in South Yorkshire). Hosted at Sheffield Hallam University.
Dove Cottage Young Poets meet regularly on Fridays between 3.45—5.30pm at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal, to read, discuss and write poetry with contemporary Poet Kim Moore. Young writers can also work towards an Bronze, Silver or Gold Arts Award, attend poetry events, and meet other young writers from across the country. If you […]
The Young People’s Writing Squads support young writers working in both English and Welsh across Wales. Young people are generally selected for one of the 23 squads by the age of 9 or 10, with headteachers in each authority identifying enthusiastic and talented young writers. There are squads established in nearly every local authority in […]
Ilkley Literature Festival runs a weekly group for young writers aged 13 to 17, on Mondays during term-time. The group is based in Ilkley and any young writers from the Bradford, Skipton, Ilkley, Wharfe valley and Leeds areas are welcome to come along. The sessions cover writing of various genres and are led by professional […]
A writing group for young writers aged between 12 and 18 at Plymstock Library, led by award-winning writer Babs Horton. You will explore how to power up your imagination, and the results of your work will be displayed in the library and online. The squad meets fortnightly on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm.
The Spark Young Writers Groups are for young people interested in creative writing of any kind. Professional writers work with Writing Group members to help them develop their writing talents. There are groups in Birmingham, The Black Country, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Telford & Wrekin, Stoke and Staffordshire, with groups for 12-16 year olds and for 8-11 year olds.
Little Green Pig Writing Project is a non-profit creative writing organisation for children and young people, based in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex. Our aim is to provide ‘a space to create for young writers’ where you can get support, encouragement, ideas and inspiration to help you write. If you are aged between 7 and […]
Young Identity is a 26-strong group of young poets based in Manchester, led by poets and coordinators Shirley May and Ali Gadema. Young Identity has at its core a Poetry Slam team and weekly workshops open to 13-25 year olds.
Liverpool Young Writers is a group of 11-19 year old spoken word artists and creative writers. Activities include weekly creative writing, learning and performance sessions, and regular events to showcase the work of the young writers. The group is organised by Writing on the Wall and was nominated for a BeMOBO Award in 2010. The […]
The Roundhouse is a young people’s arts centre which runs spoken word training programmes to develop writing and performance skills. They have a range of projects so keep checking their website for opportunities.
The Writing Squad is a group of motivated 16-21 year old writers who live, work or study in the north of England. We exist to help you develop your writing. Being part of the Squad is FREE. You just need to be able to get to our writing days in the north, have regular access […]
A chance to work with award-winning Spoken Word artist Kat Francois, to create and perform your own poetry. If you have an interest in poetry, Spoken Word or writing, then Poets’ Platform is a company of like-minded young people aged 13 to 24 years. They meet regularly to share their work, write new poems and […]
Based in the Highlands of Scotland, the Moniack Mhor Young Writers’ Forum is at the heart of the writing centre’s youth programme.
Every two years, New Writing North looks for 30 talented writers to join The Writing Squad, to work with their tutors, professional writers and squad graduates, and to see where it takes them. If you’re aged 16-21 years old, and you’re from or you live, work or study in the North of England – they’d […]
Hidden away at the back of The Monster Shop (where else?), in Hoxton, London, the Ministry of Stories provides a free space for fresh writing by young people. The Minstry of Words provides workshops and one-to-one mentoring. Services are provided by volunteers: local writers, artists and teachers, all giving their time and talent for free.
Isle of Wight. Are you 16-25 and passionate about poetry, flash fiction, or blogging? Perhaps you’d like to perform your work at open mic nights or are secretly writing a novel? Whether you’ve got previous experience or are just starting out, our Creative Writers group offers a supportive and creative environment where you can receive […]
For writers aged 13-22 to develop their writing skills. Run by Lit Up!, free to join and led by a professional writer.