Connect events are included in our offer for Young Writers Programme cohorts. As region-specific provision, these events encourage participants to connect with each other as a community of young writers, as well as strengthening connections to local universities and cultural institutions where events take place.
Connect events grow the confidence of young writers, bringing together current Young Writers Programme participants from schools within the same region for a day of workshops, talks and creativity. Attending a Connect event helps young writers’ sense of being part of a wider creative writing community. Through venue tours and informative talks, participants learn more about creative career pathways and academic progression routes, helping them feel more confident about future choices.
What to expect
First Story programme staff organise events in their respective regions, collaborating with prestigious local partners to deliver a unique day of inspiring activities for nearby First Story groups. Guest authors facilitate on site writing workshops, drawing inspiration from the venue, and participants are encouraged to engage with each other and the location. At the end of the day, a showcase session helps students develop confidence in public speaking and performance.
How to take part
Connect events are included in our provision for current First Story groups — lead teachers just need to book places for their students (up to 20 per school) and arrange transport to the venue.
Connect events usually take place during the autumn or summer term. Your local First Story Programme Manager will send you information on the date and location of the next one in your region — look out for an email, or get in touch to find out more.