We run a variety of writing workshops in schools for all ages – choose from The Children’s City of Literature package or something more bespoke for your class. We are also developing a directory of enthusiastic writers with experience of working in schools with various age groups.

We’re lucky that we get to welcome writers from all over the world to stay here at the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall. Our writers in residence come from a variety of backgrounds and can stay with us for as little as one week or as long as three months. If you’d like to arrange a visit from one of our writers in residence, or are interested in any of the opportunities listed above, email learning@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk

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To express your interest as a writer or as a school representative please email learning@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk

Examples of past projects

The Children’s City of Literature

In partnership with Norwich Lower School

This pilot creative writing club, tutored by our former creative leader Nicholl Hardwick and designed by Writers’ Centre Norwich (now the National Centre for Writing), was held at Norwich Lower School and welcome up to 30 KS2 students from around Norwich schools including: Angel Road, George White and Lakenham Primary. The students were challenged to create their own children’s city of literature. They spent eight weeks working on a different writing skill including re-telling their own folk tales and ballads, producing a newspaper and hosting a ‘story-party.’ At the end of the course, the children became authors of their very own City of Literature anthology.

Here’s an example of the anthology created in 2018 with students from Avenue Junior Schools, Cringleford Primary School, Magdalen Gates Primary School, Sprowston Junior School and St. William’s Primary School in Norwich.

Words and Ways

WCN and the Anguish Education Trust

To mark the 400th anniversary of the Anguish Education Trust, ten local schools benefiting from the trips facilitated by Anguish funding were offered two free travel-themed creative writing workshops, designed and run by Writers’ Centre Norwich (now the National Centre for Writing).

The workshops took place at either end of the school trips. In the first workshop, students (from years 2 through to 11, ages 6-18) were transformed into adventure-cadets under the strict and watchful eye of Indianya Jones. They learned the skills they need to become eagle-eyed travellers. In the second workshop the young cadets turned their field notes into poetry, prose and performance, finally earned their wings as fully fledged travel writers!

The project resulted in an anthology collection of the children’s work (autumn 2017) and a showcase event early in 2018.

The Lynx in Thetford Forest (2016)

Really wild writing!

Across the Easter term 2016, Writers’ Centre Norwich (now the National Centre for Writing), in support of the Norfolk Festival of Nature, ran a series of creative writing workshops addressing the proposal to reintroduce the Eurasian Lynx to Thetford Forest as a part of a larger re-wilding project.

240 students across key stages two – three at Aylsham, North Walsham and Avenues Junior School took up the challenge to think like a lynx. Having learnt more about the proposal, the physiology and biological traits of the lynx, students then turned to creative writing, prose and poetry, to explore the issues further.

Discover the results of their work and get inspired to try thinking like a lynx yourself!

Creative Leader Amy Palmer reports on her experience running a Lynx workshop 

Creative Leader Nicholl Hardwick on her Lynx workshop session at Avenue Junior Primary School 

A partnership with Norfolk Festival of Nature

Harriet Martineau Creative Writing (2016)

Norwich born writer Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) believed in the power of words to change the world or, at least, how people thought about the world. Inspired by Martineau’s wide ranging work, students in Lakenham and Long Stratton were inspired to think about social issues in contemporary times (turns out they weren’t so different!) and to write their own speeches and stories addressing them.

Read a sample of the students’ work.

UNESCO Creative Leader Nicholl Hardwick reports on her experience leading the Harriet Martineau workshop.

Supported by Anguish’s Educational Foundation.