Workshops in Schools

Teaching Resources

Workshops in Schools

Young Ambassadors

Young Norfolk Writing Competition

We run a variety of writing workshops in schools for all ages. We can also organise story telling sessions for younger pupils in atmospheric Dragon hall. To be kept up to date contact Sophie, Learning & Participation Manager at sophie.scottbrown@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk 

We are also developing a directory of enthusiastic writers with experience of working in schools with various age groups. To express your interest as a writer or as a school representative please email Sophie.


Words and Ways

WCN and the Anguish Education Trust

To mark the 400th anniversary of the Anguish Education Trust, ten local schools benefiting from the trips facilitated by Anguish funding will be offered two free travel-themed creative writing workshops, designed and run by WCN.

The workshops will take place at either end of the school trips. In the first workshop, students (from years 2 through to 11, ages 6-18) will be transformed into adventure-cadets under the strict and watchful eye of Indianya Jones. They will learn the skills they need to become eagle-eyed travellers. In the second workshop the young cadets turn their field notes into poetry, prose and performance, finally earning their wings as fully fledged travel writers!

The project will result in an anthology collection of the children’s work (autumn 2017) and a showcase event early in 2018.

The Children’s City of Literature

In partnership with Norwich Lower School

This pilot creative writing club, tutored by our former creative leader Nicholl Hardwick and designed by WCN, will be held at Norwich Lower School and welcome up to 30 KS2 students from around Norwich schools including: Angel Road, George White and Lakenham Primary. The students will be challenged to create their own children’s city of literature. They will spend eight weeks working on a different writing skill including re-telling their own folk tales and ballads, producing a newspaper and hosting a ‘story-party.’ At the end of the course, the children will be the authors of their very own City of Literature anthology.

Saturday Club: The People’s City of Literature

WCN and the University of East Anglia, supported by the Saturday Club Trust.

This pilot creative writing club is tutored by UEA MFA students Leighton Seer, James Barnes, Annetta Berry and Mike Allen, designed by WCN in conjunction with the national Saturday Club model, and hosted at UEA. 15 KS4 students from Norwich and the surrounding area will be challenged to create their own People’s City of Literature. Over eight weeks they will pen their own declaration of independence, elect of poet laureate and organise their city’s first literary festival. The course culminates in a performance showcase of the student’s work.


The Lynx in Thetford Forest (2016)

Really wild writing!

Across the Easter term 2016, WCN, in support of the Norfolk Festival of Nature, ran a series of creative writing workshops addressing the proposal to reintroduce the Eurasian Lynx to Thetford Forest as a part of a larger re-wilding project. 

240 students across key stages two - three at Aylsham, North Walsham and Avenues Junior School took up the challenge to think like a lynx. Having learnt more about the proposal, the physiology and biological traits of the lynx, students then turned to creative writing, prose and poetry, to explore the issues further. 

Discover the results of their work and get inspired to try thinking like a lynx yourself!

Creative Leader Amy Palmer reports on her experience running a Lynx workshop  

Creative Leader Nicholl Hardwick on her Lynx workshop session at Avenue Junior Primary School  

A partnership with Norfolk Festival of Nature

Harriet Martineau Creative Writing (2016)

Norwich born writer Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) believed in the power of words to change the world or, at least, how people thought about the world. Inspired by Martineau’s wide ranging work, students in Lakenham and Long Stratton were inspired to think about social issues in contemporary times (turns out they weren’t so different!) and to write their own speeches and stories addressing them.

Read a sample of the students' work. 

UNESCO Creative Leader Nicholl Hardwick reports on her experience leading the Harriet Martineau workshop.