Come to a regional workshop

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

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.

The workshops will bring together 40 young people interested in writing and current affairs to hear from professional renowned writers about writing techniques. You’ll get one-to-one feedback on your work, too. The day is free and bursaries towards the cost of travel to the workshop are available. Previous guest writers have included journalist Arifa Akbar, poet Jacob Sam-La Rose and writer Adrian Tempany.

The workshops have five elements:

  1. Hearing from professional and renowned writers about writing techniques
  2. Exploring this year’s theme with writers, academics and others
  3. Meeting and working with other young people passionate about political writing
  4. Visiting a university, finding out more about university life
  5. The opportunity to discuss feedback on your draft entry

This year, we’re taking our 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

We will be opening applications for the Yorkshire and the Humber regional workshop at the University of Sheffield very shortly, so watch this space.

In the meantime, get those dates in your diary!

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