Come to a regional workshop

 Want inspiration and advice to help you enter the Orwell Youth Prize?


Interested in developing your writing skills? Thinking about your further education options? Passionate about issues of injustice?

Come to our workshop at the University of Warwick to learn from professional writers and journalists, speak to students about life and meet other young people interested in writing and social issues!

Owing to the snow in March, this workshop has been rearranged for Saturday 28 April. If you already registered to attend, we should already be in touch. If you didn’t sign up first time, we are still inviting applications!


What is involved?

  • An all-day workshop led by professional writers and journalists, including James Ball author of Post-truth and formerly of BuzzFeed and the Guardian, and Arifa Akbar, editor of Boundless
  • Meet other young people interested in writing and social issues
  • 1:1 feedback on your first draft for The Orwell Youth Prize from a professional writer or academic
  • Speak to current students about university life
  • Make your university application for Law, English or Social Sciences stand out

When does the programme run?

Rescheduled time: Saturday 28 April 2018 – 10am-3.30pm

Who can apply?

The workshop is aimed at anyone currently in Year 12-13 at school/college in England or Wales who are interested in entering The Orwell Youth Prize 2018, but priority will be given to students who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be the first generation in your family to attend university
  • Eligible for free school meals
  • Attend a school with above the national average entitlement to Free School Meals *
  • Attend a school with below average performance at KS5*
  • Living/lived in care

*Does my school meet the criteria?

There are no costs involved to participate, and The Orwell Youth Prize also offers travel bursaries on application.

How do I apply? 

Please email by Monday 23rd April to register your interest for this workshop and have your draft entry to The Orwell Youth Prize ready to send in advance.

The Orwell Youth Prize is delighted to run this Regional Workshop in collaboration with the University of Warwick School of Law’s Writing Wrongs scheme.