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Young Writers’ City introduces young people to creative writing and makes provision for those who find a talent or interest to continue to express themselves creatively.

The programme works in-depth and over the long-term with young people through schools and community groups, tailoring a range of activities according to their interests.

At a glance

What is Young Writers’ City?

Young Writers’ City is a targeted programme, currently focused on Newcastle upon Tyne, which aims to give young people, especially those from under-represented groups, the opportunity to express their own ideas, thoughts and opinions through creative writing.

Young Writers’ City is funded by Newcastle Culture Investment Fund.

Work with schools and community groups

Young Writers’ City launched in April 2015 and has worked with schools and community groups across Newcastle including Walbottle Campus, Walker Technology College, Newcastle Sixth Form College and West End Women and Girls Centre.

We’re currently working with Excelsior Academy, Heaton Manor and Benfield School.

In-depth and long-term

Our project producers are based in schools, and work hard to build trusting relationships with young people, to develop their confidence in creative expression, and to tailor support on an individual basis.

We firmly believe that the arts are for everyone and that talent is everywhere.

Young Writers’ City works in areas with lower cultural provision, to make sure that all young people can make the most of opportunities and enjoy the many benefits of a creative life.

Our work also paves the way for young people to get involved with our wide-ranging open access programme, Cuckoo Young Writers.

Our support through Young Writers’ City is in-depth and long-term. We usually begin by working with participants over a term-long writing project, in which the participants work together to express their own ideas, gain confidence in their own creativity, and to create a final artwork.

We explore writing across artforms. Our Young Writers’ City groups have worked with poets, songwriters, theatre directors, rappers, filmmakers, and games designers. They have produced their own films and music videos, recorded their own songs, published pamphlets and zines of their work, and performed for their families and peers.

And it does not stop at the end of the term. One of the core principles of Young Writers’ City is that when young people find they have a talent or interest in the arts, we make provision for them to develop that talent through extra curricular activity, mentoring, and additional support.

Not only that, but we also create some amazing art.

Featured projects

A Young Writers’ City production from New Writing North.

Written by students from Collingwood School, Excelsior Academy with Fred Phethean

Take Off, a Young Writers’ City production from New Writing North.

Written by students from Collingwood School, Excelsior Academy with Rowan McCabe.

Every Day I Wake Up, a Young Writers’ City production from New Writing North.

Written by students from Collingwood School, Excelsior Academy with Fred Phethean.

Blanks was created by students in Milburn at Excelsior Academy, who drove the creation of the concept with their pure passion for gaming.

Get involved

Work with community groups

We work with community groups in Newcastle upon Tyne to create inspiring creative projects for young people. If your group is interested in getting involved, get in touch with Lizzie Nizon

Sign your school up

We’re always looking for ways we can work in partnership with Newcastle schools to deliver exciting Young Writers’ City projects, which support learning, engagement, creativity and leadership. For an informal chat, contact Lizzie Nixon.

More opportunities for young people

As well as Young Writers’ City, New Writing North offers loads of activities for young people in the North of England through its Cuckoo Young Writers programme. Get involved with us and you can access our full range of activities including masterclasses with leading writers, writing workshops and more, all for free!

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