JOIN US THIS SEPTEMBER FOR THE YOUNG WRITERS’ FESTIVAL! 

John Agard reading at the 2017 Young Writers’ Festival

Join us for a full-day writing festival featuring keynote speakers, intimate workshops, poetry slams, performances and more. This year the festival will be hosted at the University of Cambridge on Tuesday 25th September. 

Last year, we engaged with 1,000 young people, teachers and volunteers, as well as around 60 writers to deliver workshops, performances and talks. In previous years we’ve hosted acclaimed writers such as Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman, Sally Green and Patrick Ness.

The festivals promotes the larger community of young writers across the country, tearing down geographic and cultural barriers by bringing students from different regions together, inspiring them to write and raising aspirations for further education and learning.

The Young Writers’ Festivals are unique because the focus is on the young people’s own creative expression, not just the established artists’ work.  The emphasis on the day will be to inspire the students to write and share their own work. On the day, we will also host Continuing Professional Development sessions for attending teachers, hosted by professional writer-educators. 

Schools can bring a group of 21 students but we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

The Young Writers’ Festivals are unique because the focus is on the young people’s own creative expression, not just the established artists’ work.  The emphasis on the day will be to inspire the students to write and share their own work. On the day, we will also host Continuing Professional Development sessions for attending teachers, hosted by professional writer-educators.

Schools can bring a group of 21 students, but we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Booking is now open for all schools.

Click here to download a School Registration Form which needs to be returned to scarlet.brearley@firststory.org.uk with the subject line Young Writers’ Festival by September 14th 2018.

If you would like to volunteer to assist the team at the First Story Young Writers’ Festival, please register your interest at info@firststory.org.uk.

Student ambassador, Shakira, speaks about her First Story experience.

Students can purchase books and anthologies for £1 at the festival.