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?

Register now using the booking link below, for the following groups:

Ashbourne (9-16 yr olds), Chesterfield (9-14 yr olds), Leicester (14-17 yr olds), Nottingham (11-15 yr olds), (Corby 9-15 yr olds) and Wellingborough (9-15 yr olds).

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.


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.

Chesterfield Super Scribers
Nottingham Young Writers
Curve Young Writers - Leicester
Corby Young Writers
Ashbourne Young Writers
Wellinborough Young Writers

If we don’t currently support a young writers’ group in your area, 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”


 About Time

(a collaborative poem written by Ashbourne Young Writers, inspired by Andrew Telford’s poem Six Ways to Look at a Very Hungry Caterpillar)

 It’s when something wonderful happens

Unexpectedly or when you just don’t understand.

It is in the spaces in the wall that we can see through,

The colour of things that grown in fields.

It is edible, enjoyed by people with a sweet tooth,

It is lips touching.

It’s wanting everything but not wanting to share

And not knowing what to do; feeling uncomfortable,

A feeling of embarrassment that triggers a silence

Impossible to fill.

It’s wanting something good to happen

All that’s left after a fire, all that’s left of a life.