Exploring the world word by word.

Do you dream of becoming a famous author, an award-winning journalist, a Hollywood screenwriter or a celebrity slam poet? Or, do you keep a secret diary or a blog and fancy making some new friends?

Take the next step of your writing journey at a Writing East Midlands Young Writers Group. Our groups are all run by professional writers and not only are they fun and friendly, they offer a fantastic introduction to the world of creative writing. Meet other dreamers and explorers and join the East Midlands young writing community.

Come and try fan fiction, short stories, very long stories, poetry, playwriting, hip hop, happy endings and haikus – the list is endless.

As well as regular workshops, young writers take part in summer schools, performances, competitions and receive our e-zine with news, opportunities and work by other young writers like you. Who knows, maybe your work will get published here too?

We currently have groups in Ashbourne (juniors and seniors), Corby, Derby, Leicester Curve, Lincoln, Nottingham and Wellingborough.

If we don’t currently support a young writers’ group in your area, join our mailing list by emailing and you’ll hear about future writing events and activities across the East Midlands.

Just click on the buttons below to find the details of your local group.

Ashbourne Young Writers (Juniors Aged 8-12)
Derby Young Writers
Nottingham Young Writers - Jim Hall's Group
Ashbourne Young Writers (Seniors Aged 13-18)
Curve Young Writers - Leicester
Newark Young Writers
Corby Young Writers
Lincoln Young Writers
Wellinborough Young Writers


Writing East Midlands is proud to be working in partnership with schools and settings on their Artsmark Award journey. By supporting Artsmark settings, we’re helping put the arts at the heart of education, inspiring young people to create, experience and participate in high quality arts and culture.

Find out more about Artsmark at

To find out how Writing East Midlands can support your Artsmark journey, contact our education manager Sian Tower on or call 0115 7934110.


Join our mailing list to receive our quarterly newsletter for young writers by emailing and you’ll hear about future events and activities across the East Midlands.

Here’s what young people say about the groups:

 “I now have more confidence and ideas for my writing. I have learnt to enjoy writing more.”

“I like sharing ideas with others who are also enthusiastic about writing.”

“I enjoy the freedom to write around others who also enjoy it.”

“I love having quiet time to write – something that I don’t really get at home.”

“When I am writing I feel like all of the background noise is replaced by my own thoughts.”  

“Making great friends whilst sharing great ideas”