Recent News and events


First Story has teamed up with award-winning writers Roland Chambers and Ben Faccini to offer businesses the benefits of our creative-writing workshops. Whether for team training sessions, corporate awaydays or partner meetings, First Story’s writer-led workshops offer a unique way to build confidence and enhance team spirit. They treat writing as a craft and as a vehicle […]

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CPD Event: Using Objects to Inspire

Join First Story and UCL Special Collections for a unique evening of creative writing inspired by rare pieces from the university’s archive. Led by novelist and short story writer, Rachel Seiffert, the event aims to give English teachers the tools to create effective writing workshops using objects as prompts – practical ways to inspire both […]

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Five Tips for Starting a Regular Writing Practice

First Story’s work is all about encouraging young people to write creatively and have confidence in their voice and their story, but we’re not stopping there. We want to get everyone writing, which is why we started National Writing Day. If you want to cultivate a regular writing habit but have found full-time work or […]

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Students at Hampstead School ‘Feel Most Free’ 

Earlier this year, we launched the second National Writing Day. It was brilliant, we know that at least 84,000 young people participated in the celebration of creative writing. As part of the day, poet and First Story Writer-in-Residence Dean Atta led the UK in our ‘Write Away!’ freewriting exercise, which asked people to respond to […]

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BBC Young Writers’ Award now open for submissions!


BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University now open for submissions. At First Story, we believe that everyone’s voices and stories are important. Now, you have the chance to share your story with the whole of the UK. If you’re a writer aged 14-18, submit your writing to the BBC Young Writers’ […]

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First Story – Institute of Continuing Education Tuition Fee Bursary Scheme announced for literacy professionals working in disadvantaged settings

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and the creative writing charity First Story have collaborated to provide two new tuition fee bursaries. The First Story – Institute of Continuing Education Tuition Fee Bursary Scheme will enable teachers, librarians or other literary professionals working in deprived and/or disadvantaged settings to enrol on a […]

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