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:
Get into Writing: Find other young writers
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:
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!More info ›
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.More info ›
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.More info ›