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South Shields Young Writers’ Group


Catherine Cookson Room, The Word, NE33 1JF


Saturdays, 11am-1pm

Who is it for?

Young people aged 12-19. No writing experience necessary. Everyone is welcome.

The South Shields Young Writers’ Group meets at National Centre for the Written Word (The Word) on Saturdays during term-time.

With Lisa Burns as Group Leader, the group has explored loads of different literary genres and writing styles including poetry, folklore, animation, songwriting and crime-writing. It’s a fun and welcoming group for anyone wanting to develop their writing talent, or simply looking to come along and give it a try.

Get in touch if you’d like some more info or drop in to see us at The Word on Saturday mornings. If you are new to our groups, let us know you’re interested using this link.


Group Leader: Lisa Burns

Meet your Group Leader Lisa Burns, Lisa is a full-time primary teacher as well as a writer. We asked Lisa what was her favourite thing to read. She told us:

My favourite book is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath! I am also a huge fan of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Although these books are very different I love them for very similar reasons. Both authors have created strong female characters who are relatable and have the potential to change the worlds that they inhabit. 

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