Young Writers aims to encourage young people to engage in creative writing. We have worked with schools, parents and young writers since 1991 by doing the following:
• Running national poetry and creative writing competitions through schools.
• Providing free resources to teachers to aid them in teaching young writers.
• Providing poetry and creative workshops for young writers.
• Awarding prizes to both schools and pupils across the UK.
Competition Packs: Busta Rhyme, Poetry Safari, Once Upon A Dream
Our national writing competitions run throughout the academic year for nurseries, primary and secondary schools. We usually run our poetry competitions at the beginning of each half term and our creative writing competitions in the second half. For primary and secondary schools we normally run one competition across the academic year. E.g. for 2013/14 academic year, we ran Monster Poetry for Key Stage 2 and Poetry Adventures for Key Stage 1.
To help teachers see what we have scheduled, we have a planner www.youngwriters.co.uk/planner.php.
After a competition has closed, entries go to our Editorial department, who create regional books and read every single poem or story we've received. Work is selected for publication based on perception, imagination, expression, creativity and use of language. If a teacher has inspired and motivated their pupils (with or without the help of our resources!) this means some good poetry/stories, a lot of which is of an equally high standard. The editors will reject work that doesn't meet expectations. With the teacher resources we offer, it does mean pupils have a realistic chance of seeing their work in print.View our production timeline.
The Young Writers Competition Planner
Our online planner is a useful tool showing which competitions are open at a glance, as well as when they close during the academic year.
We send competition packs to schools, which always include a lesson plan in line with the Curriculum. Our lesson plans are prescriptive, but do give teachers the freedom to explore the poetic form or techniques in their own way. We have recently introduced planning sheets for pupils, which have been an enormous success. The lesson plan and planning sheets have resulted in some fantastic, original poetry and short stories/mini sagas. The resources we provide to teachers are designed to raise awareness of poetry and creative writing with the aim of getting children to enjoy the creative and technical writing processes as well as participating in the project.
Young Writers has an extensive range of free resources for both teachers and children available on www.youngwriters.co.uk. From themed creative packs (Mother's Day, Easter, Halloween etc) and word games to lesson plans and Author Fact Packs, there is lots of educational fun to be had! We are also a TES Content Partner and share our resources on www.tes.co.uk. We are a Shakespeare Week Partner too. We've had some great feedback from TES users and add new resources regulary.
Our workshops for young writers are available on this website and show children how to write different poetry styles in a simple step-by-step manner. This includes guest workshops by well-known poets!
Young Writers' parent company Bonacia Ltd is a family run company founded by Ian Walton, who himself is a poet. Bonacia Ltd has other departments promoting poetry and writing. If you would like more information please visit www.bonacia.co.uk.
For more information about Young Writers please contact us.