Young people’s workshops

Our workshops offer young people the time to explore writing through fun, engaging prompts and activities – whether it’s poetry, prose or any other kind of writing they want to develop!

NEW COURSE: Bodies of Work – Writing Poems for 13-17 year olds

Do you love to draw and write? Are you looking for creative ways to explore your feelings?

In this course, Lewis Buxton will show you how to make big abstract emotions specific and tangible. Through a mixture of drawing and writing you will learn how to centre emotions in the body, craft metaphors, write freely and without inhibition and finally read two poems and use them as a basis to write a poem from your own feelings and experiences.The key thing to take away from this course is that you and your experience of the world is important and worth writing about.

This course is entirely free! You can choose to preview or enrol on the course on our learning portal:

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NEW COURSE: Poetry, Paradise and Playing

What does paradise mean? Is it a place? Is it a person? What does it smell like? What does it feel like? How can you write a poem about paradise?
In this course, Lewis Buxton is going to introduce you to poetry, why he thinks it’s great and how it can help you express big abstract emotions in concise, specific ways.
You’ll unlock your creativity with prompts and activities, letting your mind run across the page, and you’ll read some poems Lewis thinks are beautiful. By the end of the course, you’ll have written your very own poem. The theme of the whole course is Paradise.
This course is entirely free and is available for 9-12 -year-olds. You can start creating your own poem on our portal:
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NEW COURSE: All the World’s a Stage

Do you love making up stories? How about stories with animals, court jesters and a magnificent Queen? Join us on an adventure back in time to the Tudor theatre …

In this course, children’s author Isabelle King will teach you how to create a Tudor inspired story to be performed in front of Queen Elizabeth I and her dog. At the end of the workshop you will have created a character, setting, poem, title and start of your own amazing story.

You can keep writing your story in your own time after the workshop. You will also have uncovered the name of the Queen’s dog and received a poster to design as a front cover from your story.

This course is entirely free and is available for 6-9-year-olds. You can start creating your story on our portal:

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NEW COURSE: Writing Lyrics

Ever wanted to have a go at writing your own songs? Maybe you don’t play an instrument… perhaps you don’t have the confidence to sing. This online course is perfect for you!

Your course tutor is Norwich based singer-songwriter Jess Morgan – you can find her songs on Spotify here. Jess has worked as singer songwriter for more than ten years – writing songs and touring very small, very dark folk music clubs all over the world… and just once, the O2 Arena.

This course is entirely free and is available for 9-12 year olds and 13-17 year olds. Choose your age group to visit our courses portal and get started:

9-12 year olds 13-17 year olds



You can listen to Jess’ work on Spotify: