The Writer’s Den is back for 2018

Saturday June 16th – University of Derby

We are delighted to be bringing The Writer’s Den, our flagship non-residential creative writing retreat for 9-15 year olds, back to Derby in 2018!

It’s time to schmooze and shine with some of our finest celebrity writers at the 2018 Writer’s Den. Award-winning author and all-round star, Andy Cope will be lifting spirits and bringing the house down with his upbeat and interactive happy writers workshop.

If you’ve got stars in your eyes poet and playwright Toby Campion will help you turn your words into wicked performance art.

A Hit ‘N’ Run music journalism workshop is guaranteed to get your pen and feet rapping to the beat as you review some of the latest talent from the music industry.

Book now to avoid disappointment. £18.00 for a big fat day at the Den (bursary places available, please email for details.)

The Writer’s Den 2018 is now SOLD OUT


 “It’s amazing and so much fun” – Young Writer’s Den writer


“It ROCKS!” Young Writer’s Den writer


The Writer’s Den is a gymnasium for the imagination. You’ll take part in creative writing workshops, performances, competitions and games all delivered by professional writers and designed to keep you inventing and imagining long after the Den closes. You’ll meet lots of other people your age who love writing too and you’ll leave the Den with new friends and new skills.


2018 Line-Up Revealed

How to be a Happy Writer– Dr Andy Cope

Dr Andy Cope describes himself as a qualified teacher, author, happiness expert and learning junkie.
Andy is also a best-selling author. He has written several best-selling books for teenagers and moonlights as a children’s author. ‘Spy Dog’ (Puffin) won the Redhouse Children’s Book of the Year and the series has sold in excess of a million copies worldwide.

And he’s not done yet. Andy has several books in the publishing pipeline, including: ‘Diary of a Brilliant Kid’ and ‘The Teenager’s Guide to Awesomeness.’


Rockhaq: Hit ‘N’ Run Music Journalism Workshop  with Michelle Dhillon

Michelle Dhillon is an award-winning journalist and founder of the Rockhaq community. Michelle has a first-class honours degree in English Language and Literature from The University of Manchester and a Masters in Newspaper Journalism. She has worked as a journalist for The Manchester Evening News (Guardian Media Group) and has interviewed many figures including the late Sir Terry Pratchett, The Killers, Beth Ditto and Kasabian. 


From Page to Stage with Toby Campion

Described by BBC Sunday Politics as “the voice of a generation”, UK Poetry Slam Champion and World Poetry Slam finalist, Toby Campion, has performed his poetry around the world. Raised in the Midlands, Toby has performed his poetry on stages across the UK, from Glastonbury Festival to London’s Royal Albert Hall, and in many countries around the world.


“Definitely go because it’s really fun!” Young Writer’s Den writer

email-iconIf you have any questions or would like to know more, please email education@writingeastmidlands.co.uk
or call Writing East Midlands on 0115 7934110.



WEM Logo small webThe Writer’s Den is a Writing East Midlands project. We are grateful to all our partners for supporting the Writer’s Den, including Arts Council England (funder) and The University of Derby (Founding Partner).