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Young Writers’ Summer Schools

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 Schools.

Our 3-day Young Writers’ Summer Schools 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 Schools 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 Schools. 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 schools 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 School of your choice below.

How do I sign up?

Young Writers’ Summer Schools sign-ups are now open! Spaces on our summer schools are limited and usually become fully booked, so check out what’s on offer below and book your free place soon. Make sure to keep up to date with our summer school news by signing up to our newsletter.


Summer Schools 2021 – scroll down for more info about each school!

Social Action Summer School

Gateshead, ages 11-16

Develop your talent... in partnership with the Writing Squad

Newcastle, ages 16-25

Writers Pick'n'Mix

South Shields, ages 12-19

Songwriting Summer Sessions

Newcastle, ages 12-19

The Write Space

Online, ages 12-19

Social Action Summer School

Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 August, 10am-3pm

Venue: Gateway Studio, Gateshead

Open to: ages 11-16

Use your words to change the world on our social action summer school! We’re be exploring different kinds of literary activism, from journalism to protest poetry, and covering a range of social action topics including climate change. This is a great opportunity to work with a variety of professional writers and explore the issues that are important to you – come and join the revolution!

Develop your talent... in partnership with the Writing Squad

Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 August, 10am-3pm

Venue: Newcastle University

Open to: ages 16-25

Looking to take the next step with your writing? Join us for a three day summer school in partnership with The Writing Squad. Focused on aspiration and creative growth, this summer school will help you set some goals for your writing and gain valuable advice on applying for development opportunities (including The Writing Squad), as well as giving you the chance to try out a variety of creative art forms with professional writers. We’re looking forward to writing with you!

Writers Pick'n'Mix

Tuesday 10 August – Thursday 12 August, 10am-3pm

Venue: The Word in South Shields

Open to: ages 12-19

Come along to The Word this summer, where we’re programming a jam-packed line-up of creative writing sessions to spark your imagination. From fantasy and comic books to poetry and script-writing, there’ll be something for everyone, and we might even fit in a trip to the seaside… we look forward to seeing you there!

Songwriting Summer Sessions

Tuesday 17 – Thursday 19 August, 10am-3pm

Venue: TBC in central Newcastle

Open to: ages 12-19

If you enjoy music then this is the summer school for you! You’ll have the chance to work with professional songwriter and member of The Cornshed Sisters, Jennie Brewis, to develop lyrics before creating and recording your own song. You don’t need to play an instrument or have any previous songwriting experience, just bring along your creativity and experiment with words and music in a fun, supportive environment.

The Write Space

Tuesday 24 – Thursday 26 August

Zoom 11am-12pm, setting of follow on work. Bookable half hour 1-1 mentoring slots from 1-4pm.

Open to: ages 12-19

Take some time out and join us for a relaxing online summer school in a safe online space. Our writers will be sharing creative exercises every morning, designed to support wellbeing as well as providing fun and creative inspiration! You’ll have the freedom to develop your writing in your own time offline, but you can also book in for 1-1 mentoring slots in the afternoons to get personalised feedback and support with your writing. This summer school is online and fully accessible to any young person living in the North.

'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

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