National Writing Day 2018

Wednesday 27th June


About National Writing Day

National Writing Day is an annual celebratory project designed to inspire people across the UK to get writing. The message is simple: everyone has a story to tell and sharing it can be a source of pleasure and power.

National Writing Day aims to inspire creative writing on a grand scale – young people are more inclined to write creatively if they see adults around them doing so and writing can benefit people of all ages.

National Writing Day welcomes participation from any individual or group, regardless of age, gender, and cultural or economic backgrounds. It takes place this year on Wednesday June 27th and encourages all forms of writing and people to join in via a programme of public, educational and online activities.


What we’re up to…

Young Writers Showcase

Wednesday 27th of June, 6-7.30pm

The Cecil Roberts Room at Nottingham Central Library

To celebrate National Writing Day, there will be a Young Writer’s Showcase, where a group of young writers which meets monthly at the library led by poet Jim Hall, will share their words, stories and ideas.

It’s a chance to introduce an audience of friends, family, guest writers and poets to this very talented group of young people.

There will be tea and cake and an extremely relaxed, welcoming feel to the evening.

Tickets will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis, so please book your free place here.


So You Want to be an author?

Writing East Midlands is offering author visits to primary schools in the Chesterfield area in the week leading up to National Writing Day, to give an assembly called, So You Want to Be an Author? It is a fun, interactive insight into the life of being a writer and will highlight ways in which children can start their writing careers right away.

They will also be running a competition for a child to interview an author and the interview will be published the interview on their web site.

Each child attending the assembly will receive and invitation to a free local young writers group which meets at Chesterfield Library.


Writer’s Den

In preparation for National Writing Day, every participant (including the celebrity writers) at our annual Writer’s Den will take part in  National Writing Day’s seven minute writing exercise and we will share some of their words in the Young Writers area of the WEM web site on National Writing Day.

Please note – this event is now sold out.

More info about The Writer’s Den 2018 here


Poetry in The Garden- Sat 30th June 2018

To celebrate National Writing Day, join a group of local writers and young writers from Derbyshire for a glorious afternoon of poetry and afternoon tea. Wonderful words in a sensational setting.

More information here.


Carsington Water Writer in Residence

During National Writing Week, as part of writer, Sian Tower’s residency at Carsington Water, she will be leaving notebooks and pens at various points along the new ten kilometer sculpture trail to encourage people to write a few words about this beautiful landscape and its wildlife. Entries will be shared online and as part of an anthology to be published later this summer.


Survivors Workshops

Derby writer and poet Sophie Sparham has been working with Writing East Midlands and High Peak Community Arts to deliver creative writing workshops to survivors of domestic violence, homeless women, those recovering from drug and alcohol dependency, and other women in the community in Buxton.  This will culminate in a newly created shared group poem and a reading of work created throughout the project on National Writing Day, 27th June.