‘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 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 and other cultural opportunities with organisations across the city.
Our support through Young Writers’ City is in-depth and long-term. We 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 with the same writers working in the school over at least a year. 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.