We are now accepting applications for year-long and term-long programmes starting in September/ October 2019.

We are seeking school partners that share First Story’s mission of changing lives through writing. Your schools will be matched with a professional writer who will work intensively with your students and staff to build creative writing skills, confidence and creativity. Your school will join a regional hub of schools committed to creative writing, and become part of a national community of writers, teachers and students all exploring the power and pleasure of the written word.

We are currently open to applications from secondary schools in the East MidlandsEast YorkshireWest Yorkshire, and London. You will be supported by a dedicated member of staff in your region, who will match you with a professional author as your writer-in-residence.

If you are considering an application, we’d love to come and meet you to tell you more about our programmes and help you to select the programme that best suits your school. Please contact your regional programme officer directly here to arrange:

West Yorkshire Andy Hill andy.hill[at]firststory.org.uk
East Midlands Jess Tickell jess.tickell[at]firststory.org.uk
London Sophie Lloyd-Catchpole sophie.lloyd[at]firststory.org.uk
East Yorkshire, Hull, NE Lincs Dave Windass Jessica.fear[at]firststory.org.uk
Other Regions First Story Team info@firststory.org.uk



First Story is committed to addressing educational inequality. We focus on working with schools in which 50% of students live in the most deprived areas according to Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index* (School Census Spring 2017*) and/or have a higher than national average percentage of students are eligible for free school meals.

If you are unsure whether your school fits the criteria or not, we can help you ascertain your eligibility, so do get in touch!



Our programme costs reflect the quality and impact of our work and represent excellent value for money. First Story subsidises up to two thirds of programme costs for eligible schools. Please get in touch with your regional programme manager for full details of programme costs in your region.

We’re happy to consider bespoke packages for trusts and academy chains, so if your trust is interested in running First Story programmes across multiple schools please contact the Regional Programme Officer for your region so that we can tailor a programme to suit you and share with you examples of where this already works well.

If you are ready to complete your application form, you can download it here: General Application Form 2019-20