It goes without saying that the internet is probably the best place to start to look for stuff for young writers – a little bit of googling will help you find everything from online courses to extremely niche fan-fiction sites. However, if you’re feeling a bit lost in amongst the millions of online writing communities, we’ve helpfully selected a few of the best:
Online posting and reading forum – great for sharing work!
Young Poets Network
Excellent source of information for young poets (obviously)
NAWE Young Writers Hub
Young writer focused competitions, news and opportunities
However, if you’re looking for something a bit more real-life, there’s also a lot going on. In addition to the stuff going on in local schools, colleges, universities and libraries, the best place to start looking for like-minded types is your local literature organisation.
All of the organisations listed below run projects and groups for young people. They’re a good place to get started:
New Writing North
Run the Young Writers’ programme which includes weekly writing groups for young people, projects, Young Writers’ City and Talent Fund. You’re on our website. You know about us!
Writing East Midlands
Run young writers’ groups and performance nights.
Writing West Midlands
Run a programme of activity for children and young people aged 8 – 16+, which includes creative writing groups and an online magazine. They currently have 20 creative writing groups meeting across the West Midlands.
New Writing South
Run writing squads and projects for young people aged 13-17.
Writers Centre Norwich
Run regular projects for young writers.
Slightly different to the groups you’ll discover above – it’s a more intensive, personalised writing development programme for young writers aged 16-21. As such, you have to apply to be part of it and applications are currently closed – their next recruitment round will be December 2019. While you’re waiting to apply, you might like to have a read of their magazine PUSH.