Lit From the Inside

Our Lit from the Inside programme for 14 – 17 year olds is for curious creatives!

If you have loads of ideas, love to try new things, want to meet like minded people and work together on projects that encourage positive social change then this is the programme for you!

Lit from the Inside gives you the opportunity to explore your creative skills and get valuable, hands-on experience of working in the arts industry.

We welcome young people with all manner of interests; from reading, writing and books to performers, musicians and lovers of crafts who want to try their hand at something different.



Our Insiders meet fortnightly with NCW staff to:

  • Develop their own creative writing
  • Collaborate on producing and promoting a zine
  • Learn about how to organise and promote writing events
  • Meet and interview authors, translators, and international writers
  • Judge the Young Norfolk Writing Competition
  • Discover what an arts organisation does and how it works from the inside


To be a Lit Insider, you need to live or go to school in Norfolk.

Lit From the Inside will open for applications later in the year. Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to find out more!

If you have any questions or would like to discuss Lit from the Inside further, please email [email protected] or call 01603 877177.


This project is supported by Anguish’s Educational Foundation.

My confidence has really increased. I have come out of my year at Lit From the Inside with many new life skills, which I will always be grateful for.

Young participant

Explore work from our Lit Insiders


These zines are a small sample of creative work that our 2021 and 2022 cohorts produced during their time together — both responses to prompts from the workshops they’ve attended, and work written alongside their participation in the scheme.

The 2021 cohort created Observe/d, and each brilliant piece highlights the power of seeing and being seen at a time – during lockdown – when having your camera on or off was a deeply purposeful choice.

Download ‘Observe/d’

Download the full version of ‘All the things you are’ by Efe →


2022’s cohort produced Life Lines, a collection of stories and poetry linked by the theme of time – exploring a fictionalised past, this tumultuous present and dreaming of imagined futures.

Zine illustrations and design by Kristyna Baczynski.

Download ‘Life Lines’