On 18th November 2019, publishers Hachette UK generously hosted a reception for First Story supporters at their London HQ, Carmelite House.
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Last month, publishers Hachette UK generously hosted a reception for First Story supporters, at which Writer-in-Residence Rachel Seiffert told us what it’s like to have “the best job in the world”.
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.
Highlights from our recently published report on our activities and impact during the 2018-19 academic year.
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.
The Durham Commission on Creativity and Education report is a 96 page deep dive into why and how creativity should be placed at the heart of the British education system. Jess Fear shares her thoughts.
Investing in teachers’ professional development is central to our mission. Our Cambridge ICE bursaries change teachers lives.
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.