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Creative Writing for Teachers

New Writing North works with teachers in a number of ways to enhance the enjoyment of writing and creativity both in and out of school. We support teachers to develop their own creative writing practice, which in turn gives them the confidence to bring creative skills back to the classroom.

At a glance

Creative Writing for Teachers

Our popular Creative Writing for Teachers programme is suitable for primary and secondary school teachers, as well as those who teach Post 16 and adult classes. Meeting five times over the academic year at St. Chad’s College, Durham University, the group takes part in writing workshops led by professional and experienced writers.

Peer learning

Working with like-minded peers from across the teaching profession, participants develop their own creative writing practice, share ideas, and reflect on their creative writing teaching and how their developing skills might translate in the classroom, all in a relaxed and informal environment.

CPD in your school

We can also work with schools to design a bespoke programme of writer-led creative writing activity for teachers. This could take place over a day, or comprise a series of workshops, according to your needs. It can be used to support an application for Artsmark status for your school, or to address specific issues that you want to focus on from your School Development Plan.

Enhancing the enjoyment of writing and creativity both in and out of school

Work with schools and teachers has been at the heart of New Writing North’s work for 20 years. Over many projects, our work has demonstrated that, by practising their own creative writing, teachers feel more confident about teaching it. This leads to an enhanced enjoyment of writing among pupils, and more imaginative and thoughtful texts being produced.

In 2012 we collaborated with Northumbria University to support a PHD by Dr Caroline Murphy called Practice, Pedagogy and Policy: the influence of teachers’ creative writing practice on pedagogy in schools.

We also work extensively in schools to deliver bespoke projects which respond to the needs of their pupils and/ or staff, and which enhance creativity, learning and writing skills.

Signposting support

If you are a teacher looking to support a creative young person outside of school, please see Cuckoo Young Writers, our young people’s writing programme. We run free weekly writing workshops in 5 towns across the North East; Cuckoo Review, an online arts review site; and Cuckoo Chronicle, a literary magazine written and edited by young people. Teachers can also nominate young people for our annual Northern Writers’ Awards.

Work in schools

You can book bespoke writer-led projects for your school. We work extensively with students in schools, during the school day and in after school clubs. Find out more about our work in schools and our Newcastle-based Young Writers’ City programme.

What participants have said...

What participants think...

100% of participants in Creative Writing for Teachers would recommend the programme to a colleague source: 2015-16 evaluation survey

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Get Involved

To take part in Creative Writing for Teachers, to book CPD sessions in your school or to create your own bespoke project, contact Lizzie Nixon, Participation Manager at New Writing North at or call 0191 204 8841.

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