We ran a new competition this year – Regional Writing Stars – created to highlight and celebrate regional voices and stories.
The 12 shortlisted stories in this year’s Six Word Story competition, performed by Juno Dawson, Nikesh Shukla, Caroline Bird, Priya O’Shea, Salena Godden, Joe Dunthorne, Bridget Minamore, Tom Holland, Tracy Chevalier, Damian Barr, Katie Thistleton, and Max Porter.
YWF19 in partnership with the University of Cambridge was attended by over 330 young writers and this year featured headline speaker Juno Dawson.
Henna Ravjibhai talks First Story, working with Joe Dunthorne, and writing on the bus to college.
In December 2019, First Story alumna Chloe Holland was invited to BBC Broadcasting House in London for an interview with Katie Thistleton on Radio 1’s Life Hacks show – and she smashed it! Listen to her podcast here.
On 18th November 2019, publishers Hachette UK generously hosted a reception for First Story supporters at their London HQ, Carmelite House.
Celebrate the power of storytelling while raising some much-needed funds to support creative writing by young people. We’re trying to raise £1,000 this festive season, to help fund our two national competitions.
Our annual Six Word Story competition is open to all First Story participating schools. Entry closed in late November. From a shortlist of 12 excellent stories, guest judge Juno Dawson picked this year’s winner.
Two new bursary places for the PGCert in Teaching Creative Writing at Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education.
First Story has a new home! Along with fellow literacy charity, Driver Youth Trust, we’ve moved into CLPE’s lovely old school building in Southwark, to form an exciting ‘literacy hub’.
Ahead of her appearance at our Young Writers’ Festival, Juno Dawson tells us what helps her write so well for young adults, and why it’s important to nurture under-represented writers and amplify their voices.
In its third year, the Rathbones Folio Mentorships programme is an invaluable opportunity for four talented First Story graduates to be paired with four accomplished writers from the Folio Academy.
It’s the biggest poetry competition in the world for 11-17 year olds and former First Story students are among the 2019 commended poets.
Sixteen talented First Story students go on a week-long writing retreat at the Arvon centre, Lumb Bank.
The quarterly flash fiction fundraiser that’s raised much needed funds for First Story since 2016.