Get into Writing: Find other young writers

It goes without saying that the good old 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:

Movellas

Online posting and reading forum- great for sharing work!

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Sugarscape

Brilliant fan fiction site

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Young Poets Network

Excellent source of information for young poets (obviously)

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NAWE Young Writers Hub

Young writer focused competitions, news and opportunities

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However if what you’re looking for is something a bit more real-life, there is also a lot going on. In addition to stuff going on in local schools, colleges, universities and local 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 dip your toe into the water:

New Writing North

Run Cuckoo Young Writers programme which includes weekly writing groups for young people, projects, Cuckoo Review and Cuckoo Chronicle. You’re on our website. You know about us!

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Writing East Midlands

Run young writers groups and performance nights

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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.

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New Writing South

Run writing squads and projects for young people aged 13-17

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Writers Centre Norwich

Run regular projects for young writers

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Writing Squad

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. It is a brilliant scheme though, and we’ll be shouting from the rooftops when they’re looking to recruit a new squad. While you’re waiting to apply, you might like to have a read of their magazine PUSH.

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