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Young Writers’ City

Young Writers’ City is a project from New Writing North and Cuckoo Young Writers based in Newcastle upon Tyne. We want to get more young people from the city involved in creative projects and offer them the chance to experience all types of writing in their own communities. Young Writers’ City supports young people to make their own work and share their work with audiences and readers.

At a glance

What is Young Writers’ City?

Our Young Writers’ City project is for young people aged 12–23 years, living in Newcastle upon Tyne. We offer support to develop future writers, journalists, programmers and producers.

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.

Work with individuals

We support individual young people that we meet through Young Writers’ City to create their own projects, events, exhibitions or performances.

We can offer mentoring and developmental support to help budding writers and to develop leadership skills, so the young people we work with will be able to create their own projects in the future.

All of our Young Writers’ City projects are developed by listening to what young people in Newcastle want to do

If you want to make a short film, write poetry or write and perform a script, just tell us and we’ll do our best to pair you up with the right project or work with you to get something started where you live.

Young Writers’ City is not just about the written word: we’ve done rap, song, spoken word and graffiti, as well as writing poetry and scripts, making zines, pamphlets, films, music videos, posters, photography, visual art and more. Find out about some of our current and past projects on the Cuckoo Young Writers website.

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.

Create your own project

Create your own project

Help us make Newcastle the place to be for young writers. If you are a young person in Newcastle and have an idea for a project as an individual, or part of a group, then get in touch!

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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