Young Writers’ Summer Sessions

Ready for a summer bursting with ideas and creative energy? With music, art, poetry and theatre? Well done, you’ve found New Writing North’s Young Writers’ Summer Sessions.

Our 3-day Young Writers’ Summer Sessions take place across the North East. Here, young people aged 11-25 work on exciting creative writing projects with professional writers and artists. Recent projects have included songwriting, animation, rap, plays, crime writing and poetry.

We want to make sure you get the chance to write all year round, so whether you’re already a keen writer or just looking to try something new, Summer Sessions are a great way to get involved and immerse yourself in a project.

Is it for me?

Lots of different people take part in our Summer Sessions. 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.

How much does it cost?

We want everyone to be able to access our Young Writers’ programme, including our summer sessions 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 selecting a ‘donation ticket’ on the Summer Session of your choice below.

How do I sign up?

Spaces on our summer sessions are limited and usually become fully booked, so check out what’s on offer below and book your free place. Make sure to keep up to date with our summer session news by signing up to our newsletter.

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Find your Summer Session:

Summer Writing Sessions: Sunderland

Tuesday 26 – Thursday 28 July, 10:30am-3:30pm each day

Venue: Harry Watts Room, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Open to: ages 12-19

This summer in Sunderland we’re programming a jam-packed line-up of creative writing sessions to spark your imagination! Across three days we’ll be exploring lots of different writing forms, from fiction to script to poetry, taking inspiration from the stories within the Museum as well as your own interests. No previous experience is necessary, if you enjoy stories and writing then we’d love to see you there!

Please note places for these summer sessions are limited to young people living in Sunderland. During term-time we run a weekly Young Writers Group in Sunderland City Library, every Saturday from 11am-1pm. Our summer programme is a great way to meet other young writers and find out more about our regular young writers’ programmes.

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Summer Writing Sessions: Gateshead

Friday 5, 19 and 26 August, 10am-3pm each day

Venue: Gateshead Library

Open to: ages 12-19

Join us this summer for three days of creative writing! Whether you’re a seasoned writer, would like to try something new, or just enjoy storytelling, these workshops will introduce you to new ways to write and invite you to develop your own artistic ideas. Each day will focus on a different form of writing, and you can come to the one that most interests you or book all three.

These summer sessions are for care experienced young people. This includes anyone who currently is or has been in local authority care, kinship care, or been looked after by someone other than immediate family for an extended period of time.

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Summer Songwriting Sessions: Newcastle

Tuesday 9 – Thursday 11 August, 12pm-5pm each day

Venue: Recoco, Floor 2, 12:00-15:30

Loft Studios, 15:30-17:00

Open to: ages 12-19

If you would like to have a go at creating your own lyrics or writing your own rap, these are the summer sessions for you! Jennie Brewis, professional songwriter and member of The Cornshed Sisters, will be leading the programme with rapper Robin Reza. You’ll learn how to write songs and raps, developing your own lyrics and melodies, and each day you’ll visit a professional recording studio to start bringing your tracks to life!

You don’t need any experience to take part, just bring along your creativity and experiment with words and music in a fun, supportive environment. If you play an instrument, you are welcome to bring that too. We’ll work towards recording our own songs at the end of the week!

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Summer Filmmaking Sessions: South Shields

Wednesday 31 August – Friday 2 September, 10am-3pm each day

Venue: The Word, South Shields

Open to: ages 12-19

Hoping to see out the summer bursting with ideas and creative energy? Then join New Writing North Young Writers for this year’s summer programme at The Word as part of the Write Festival 2022. During the programme you will work with professional filmmakers to explore writing and devising for film, finishing up with a group screening at the end of the three days. Whether you’re already a keen writer or just looking to try something new, we’d love to see you there!

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18-25 Summer Session: Comedy

Friday 12 August, 10am-3pm

Venue: The Stand Comedy Club, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Open to: ages 18-25

Delve into the world of comedy with New Writing North this summer! Join us at the legendary Stand Comedy Club for an exploration of all things funny. You’ll participate in workshops, including a comedy writing workshop with writer and sketch comedian Matilda Neill (Your Aunt Fanny), as well as gaining professional tips and experience for how to develop in the industry.

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18-25 Summer Session: Film

Wednesday 27 August, 10am-3pm

Venue: Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Open to: ages 18-25

Always wanted to try writing for the big screen? Join us at the Star and Shadow Cinema to learn more about writing for film. In the morning you’ll participate in a script writing workshop with actor, writer and director Lee Armstrong, who’ll be joined by other industry representatives in the afternoon to discuss routes into the industry and what opportunities are available for young filmmakers. Don’t miss out!

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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 

2018 participant