Lit From the Inside

Our Lit From the Inside programme enables 14 – 17-year-olds to get a behind-the-scenes look at the literary arts scene in Norwich.

Our Insiders are lovers of reading, writing and books who might want to pursue a future career in the creative arts. They meet fortnightly* with NCW staff to:

  • Develop their own creative writing
  • Discover how an arts organisation works from the inside
  • Meet and interview authors, translators, and international writers
  • Complete their Bronze Arts Award
  • Learn about marketing and broadcasting in the arts
  • Take trips to other UNESCO Cities of Literature**

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

*Please Note: Sessions will take place online between January and April 2021, at which point we’ll review whether we’re able to host sessions in person at Dragon Hall.

**COVID restrictions permitting.

‘I was nervous at first but…all the other people are so nice, it coaxed me out of my shell.’
Moby Wells, Heathersett Academy, Yr. 10

In each session, Lit Insiders will be given opportunities to write creatively and share their writing with others.


How to apply

Applications for Lit From the Inside 2021 are now closed.


Indicative timetable

  • Wednesday 20 January 2021, 5.30 – GMT – In this session you’ll meet the rest of the Lit Insiders, the NCW team, and learn a bit more about how you’ll spend the next 12 months with us.
  • Wednesday 3 February 2021, 5.30 – 7pm GMT – In this session you’ll learn a bit more about the Arts Award and you’ll decide which artform you want to develop. 
  • Wednesday 17 February 2021, time tbc – We’ll invite a guest writer in to lead a creative writing workshop.
  • Wednesday 3 March 2021, 5.30 – 7pm GMT – In this session you’ll work together as a group to commission a series of writing workshops. We’ll walk you through the whole process, from researching the writer, creating a brief, and writing an invitation.
  • Wednesday 17 March 2021, 5.30 – 7pm GMT – In this session you’ll work towards completing part of your Arts Award.


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

This project is supported by Anguish’s Educational Foundation and The Norwich Freemen’s Charity.

Read about the experiences of some of our previous Young Ambassadors