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Young Writers’ City

Young Writers’ City is all about giving young people the chance to express their ideas, thoughts and opinions through creative writing.

We’re taking over English

We’ve been working in Excelsior Academy, Newcastle, since April 2015 and in Academy 360, Sunderland, since October 2017.

Each week we bring in amazing writers, including songwriters, rappers, film-writers, poets, and theatre makers, who take over English lessons with creative writing projects.

To date, more than 2000 pupils have taken part in this award-winning project.

Open to all

Our programme producers Emily Wiseman and Jennie Brewis and a team of writers are in school three days a week, throughout the year, working with every Year 8 and 9 student.

We run lunchtime and after-school songwriting, rap, screenwriting and drama groups all year round, so everyone in school can come along to write and be creative with us. If you find an interest in anything we do, we can support you to find other creative activities outside of school, too.

A creative engine

The participants of our Young Writers’ City programme are amazing. Together we’ve made films and music videos; recorded songs; published pamphlets and zines; and performed live, including at Summer Streets, Sage Gateshead and St James’s Park.

Read, watch and listen to some of our recent content.

“I got inspired to write more because somebody actually valued my uniqueness. I felt I had to hide less behind boundaries and I could express myself and be more true in my writing. Sometimes teachers say, ‘you can’t do that, you can’t write that, it’s not appropriate’. You value our opinions. You know….. I think now I think of myself as a writer”

Young Writers’ City participant

We're here for the long-term.

One of the best things about Young Writers’ City is that if you find you have an interest in the arts, we can work with you to try out new things and to develop your creativity through lunchtime clubs, mentoring, and additional support. Come and have a chat with us!

Where next?

If you enjoy Young Writers’ City, it’s time to get involved with the rest of our Young Writers programme, which happens outside of school. We run weekly writing groups, summer schools and loads more. It’s all free to take part in and it’s all designed for young people like you.

“Now I know where to go to help me develop my writing. When you have talents but you don’t know what to do with them it can be frustrating. I think Young Writers is a good example of how people can come and show themselves, not just other people, but prove to themselves that they have a talent.”

Young Writers’ City participant

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