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Our work in schools

Our work in schools forms an integral part of New Writing North Young Writers. We give young people the freedom to express themselves through creative writing, inspiring creativity and confidence in the classroom and beyond.


New Writing North has a long track record of working in schools. We are able to offer long-term projects which are writer and artist-led, engaging pupils in imaginative approaches to developing their writing. We work with inspiring professional writers who are experienced in working in school settings. We also engage teachers in developing their own creative writing practice though our Creative Writing for Teachers programme.

Whether you are interested in stretching gifted and talented young people, or in engaging reluctant writers, we can provide you with writer-led projects in your school, including facilitating Arts Award. We also support teachers with techniques that can be used with pupils, develop insight into the process of imaginative writing, and reflection on the pedagogy of creative writing.

We are always interested in talking to teachers and schools about one-off and on-going projects and we can create bespoke projects for your school. Below are some of the ongoing ways we work with schools.

Young Writers’ City

We are currently working with Excelsior Academy in Newcastle, Academy 360 in Sunderland and Grace College and Kingsmeadow Community School in Gateshead through our Young Writers’ City project.

We send in a project producer along with a team of professional writers, who work with students in english, drama and music lessons exploring different kinds of creative writing.

For us, Young Writers’ City is all about working long term and in-depth with secondary schools, allowing us to become embedded not only in the institution but in the wider community.



Schools Projects

In addition to Young Writers’ City, we run shorter-term engagement projects with schools. In the last few years we have worked with Walker Technology College, Newcastle Sixth Form College, Heaton Manor, Benfield School, Dene Community School and North Gosforth Academy, as well as delivering smaller-scale projects with community groups and primary schools across the North.

We try to focus our work in areas that need it most, and hope that through our extensive schools work, young people will build confidence with their writing and seek out other cultural experiences with New Writing North Young Writers’ and beyond.

Durham Book Festival for Schools

Each October, we present an inspiring author programme at Durham Book Festival. The schools events are well-attended by primary and secondary schools across the county. Previous authors include David Almond, Juno Dawson, Imtiaz Dharker and Daljit Nagra.

We also have our Durham Book Festival Festival Laureate programme. The festival hosts a poet who visits local schools to deliver workshops, supported by Durham University’s English department, before taking part in the festival.

Past laureates have included leading poets Helen Mort, Sinead Morrissey and Paul Farley.

The school visits are free of charge and are open to secondary schools and sixth form colleges.

Proud Words

Proud Words was launched in October 2016 and was our first LGBT+ reading and writing groups taking place in two Newcastle schools, Heaton Manor and Benfield, with writers Laura Lindow and Lisa Matthews.

Our Proud Words Young Writers worked with New Writing North and writer Laura Lindow to create a resource pack so that anyone can facilitate a Proud Words project in their school.

New Writing North Young Writers

If you work with keen young writers, please signpost them to our young people’s programme New Writing North Young Writers, which includes FREE weekly creative writing and songwriting workshops for 12-19 year olds in Newcastle, Cramlington, Amble and South Shields.

We also offer awards for young people through our Young Writers’ Awards, part of New Writing North’s Northern Writers’ Awards. We need teachers to encourage young people to apply and nominate any talented young writers’ you know.

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To discuss how New Writing North might work with your school, or to take part in any of the above projects, contact us at or call 0191 204 8850.

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