Young Writers’ Summer

Ready for a summer bursting with ideas and creative energy? With music, art, poetry and books? Well done, you’ve found Young Writers’ Summer.

Get creative this holiday!

New Writing North’s free summer programmes take place across the North East. They are for young people aged 11-19 to try fun writing projects and meet like-minded people in a relaxed, friendly and inclusive environment. Join us to work with professional writers and artists and other young people to make something new this summer.

Is it for me?

Lots of different people take part in our summer programme. Some of them already attend our weekly Young Writers’ Groups, some attend our Young Writers’ City partner schools, while others are looking for fun new stuff to do during the holidays.

Either way, you’ll meet new people and spend a fun few days being creative and trying out new ideas. Everyone aged 11-19 is welcome and we’re excited for you to join us.

How much does it cost?

We want everyone to be able to access our Young Writers’ programme, including our summer programme and our weekly writing groups, so we fundraise to make the entire programme FREE to take part in. Hooray!

Parents and guardians, if you would like to support us to keep the programme free throughout the year, you can do so by donating when you register for the summer programme of your choice.

How do I sign up?

Find your perfect summer activities and sign up via the links below. Spaces are limited and usually become fully booked, so register soon if you hope to join us.

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What's On:

Pick n Mix Writers (Gateshead) FULLY BOOKED

26 – 28 July, 10am-3pm each day

Venue: Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Central Library

Pick n Mix is a jam-packed programme of creativity with something for everyone! Come along to meet other creative young people, alongside our brilliant professional writers. Over three days, you’ll try out a range of writing, with everything from poetry and prose to songwriting, playwriting and writing for games.

Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. Come and get creative!

Book here

Young Songwriters' Summer (Newcastle)

3, 4, 7 August, 2-6pm each day

Venue: ReCoCo / Loft Studios

Do you want to try lyric writing or have a go at setting your words to music? In this three-day programme of songwriting led by professional musicians, you will meet other young writers and create your own tracks in a professional recording studio.

Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary. Bring along a musical instrument if you have one, or just come along and give it a go!

Book here

Record the Future (Newcastle)

9 – 11 August, 10am-3pm each day

Venue: Newcastle Civic Centre

Create your own podcast! Learn how to script, record and produce your own podcast or audio drama with us as part of Novum Festival, a new summer festival in Newcastle. You will work with other young writers and professional artists to come up with ideas and produce a new audio piece to be presented as part of the festival programme.

Book here

Dream Libraries (South Shields) FULLY BOOKED

30 August – 1 September, 10am-3pm each day

Venue: The Word, South Shields

What would you put in your dream library? Over three days join us on this flight of fantasy as you work with professional artists and writers, and other likeminded young people, to try a range of creative writing projects themed around the dream library. Every book-lover’s idea of heaven!

Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. Come along and get creative!

Book here

Newbiggin Pick n Mix (Newbiggin Hall)

21 – 23 August, 1pm-3pm each day, plus free optional lunch 12pm-1pm

Venue: St Mark’s RC Primary School, Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Pick n Mix is a jam-packed programme of creativity with something for everyone! Come along to meet other young people and try out a range of activities from theatre to creative writing to songwriting.

Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. Come along and get creative!

Book here


It was a positive, engaging experience. I have made new friends and fallen in love with writing again. I will definitely be coming in term-time 

Young Writers’ Summer participant