Come to a regional workshop at the University of Sheffield

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Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Workshop 15th Nov 2017

A regional workshop is your opportunity to learn from professional writers and journalists, as well as meet other young people interested in writing and the issues that matter to you.

Regional Workshops are for anyone in Year 12 or Year 13. They are free, and you don’t need to have had a workshop through your school to be eligible. Bursaries toward the cost of travel are available on request. Previous guest writers have included journalist Arifa Akbar, poet Jacob Sam-La Rose and writer Adrian Tempany.


Regional workshops bring together around 40 young people interested in writing and current affairs. Workshops are centered around discussion. You’ll hear from professional writers about everything from why they write, to how they find a story, to how to make your own writing effective. You’ll also explore this year’s Youth Prize theme (‘Truth vs. Lies’) with writers, academics and workshop leaders, work with other young people passionate about political writing and find out about life at a leading UK university.

Our guest writer at the University of Sheffield is novelist Marina Lewycka, author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian. 

As part of the workshop, you’ll also have the chance to attend the Orwell Lecture in the North with Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry. Artist Grayson Perry will deliver the first Orwell Lecture in the North in almost 20 years at the University of Sheffield.  In his lecture, titled I’ve read all the academic texts on empathy, Grayson Perry will give an artist’s view on our emotions around politics and identity.

He said: “I am an artist and I am a great believer in the power of culture to communicate in ways that are particular to the arts, a more holistic style of relaying information that talks not only to the intellect but the heart, body and soul as well.”

When and where is the Yorkshire and the Humber regional workshop?

15.00 – 20.00 on Wednesday 15th November at the University of Sheffield

How do I attend? 

Places for are available on a first come first serve basis. To register your interest, please email by Sunday 12th November 2017.

Do I have to enter the Orwell Youth Prize to attend?

No! The Orwell Youth Prize opens for entries 1st December 2017. We hope the Yorkshire and the Humber regional workshop will inspire you to enter the prize, but you are under no obligation to do so.

Do I have to attend the Orwell Lecture in the North with Grayson Perry?

No! The Orwell Youth Prize regional workshop will take place from 15.00 on Wednesday 15th November, followed by the Orwell Lecture in the North  at 18.30. If you would like to attend the workshop, but cannot stay for the lecture, just let us know in your email.

Not in your area?

Have no fear:- this year, we’re taking three regional workshops right across the country, from the North East to the West Midlands:

  1. Yorkshire and the Humber regional workshop (University of Sheffield): Wednesday 15th November 2017
  2. North East regional workshop (University of Durham): Saturday 6th January 2018
  3. West Midlands regional workshop (University of Warwick): Saturday 3rd March 2018