From February half term, writers, artists and project producers will be based at Kingsmeadow to work with Year 7 and 8 students as part of a new partnership with New Writing North’s creative writing programme, Young Writers’ City.
As well as enriching the English curriculum, writers will run lunchtime and after-school clubs on a range of writing forms, from rapping and songwriting to screenwriting and poetry, so that all of our young people with an interest can develop their writing talent.
Throughout the programme, our Key Stage 3 students will be enabled to express their own creative ideas supported by professionals. Involvement gives our students unique opportunity to meet others with creative ambition and to showcase their talents.
New Writing North has over 20 years’ experience in working with schools and in communities to support young people to write. The organisation’s comprehensive Young Writers’ programme currently runs five weekly creative writing groups, five annual summer schools, a talent investment scheme, and regular masterclasses and development programmes.
The £200,000 Gateshead Young Writers Programme is funded by The Kavli Trust, owners of Primula, which is based on Gateshead’s Team Valley. All of the commercial business’s profits go to supporting good causes.