Our Programme

SCHOOLS WORKSHOPS

We work directly with schools across England and Wales. Inspired by Orwell, our workshops are lively cross-disciplinary sessions where students discuss current affairs, politics, history and ethics. All students receive a collection of Orwell essays and our starter writing pack.

Where possible offer subsidised workshops to schools that fit the following criteria: schools within POLAR quintile 2.5 or below or with 25% or above free school meal allocation.

Find more information about our school workshops here.

 

WRITERS’ SEMINARS

We work with University Outreach Programmes such as the University of Warwick’s ‘Writing Wrongs’ Programme to provide social-justice driven writing seminars with professional writers and journalists.

 

YOUTH FORUMS

Working in partnership with higher education access programmes, we organise interactive youth forums that include debates, guest speakers, provocations and writing seminars. Our forums are designed to spur young people to think about the change they want to see in society and communicate their ideas with impact and confidence.

In 2019 we held an Injustice Commission at the Great North Museum in Newcastle, find out more.

 

PERSONALISED FEEDBACK

We help writing prize entrants by offering professional feedback on a draft entry. We know the importance of drafting and constructive criticism in developing writing skills. We also know that not every student has the support networks in place to get this. Our system for feedback aims to level the playing field.

 

CELEBRATION DAY 

Our annual Celebration Day at Pembroke College, Oxford, brings together over 100 young people from all over the country for a day of writing seminars, debate, and celebrating the winners of the Prize. Far more than just a prize-giving, the day features workshops with award-winning writers and journalists and aims to inspire and raise the aspirations of all young people in attendance. All longlisted entrants are invited to attend and we provide subsidised travel costs to students and schools that meet our target criteria.

Find out more about our Celebration Day