Writers' Page Creative Writing Courses for Young People Young Writers Masterclasses Announcing a brand-new on-line offer for Young Writers, in collaboration with Queen's Hall Arts. From Sat 23 Jan, if you’re aged between 14 and 20, you can take part in a FREE, five part series of Masterclasses with five published and/or award-winning writers covering audio drama, song writing, poetry, prose and creating your own writing community. Each week you’ll get access to a Q&A with the writer as well as activities, prompts or provocations for you to try in your own time at home. Each writer is also available to provide feedback on your work, if you choose to send it in. How it works: When you sign up, you will need to provide an email address that you are happy to be shared with the group co-ordinator, Becci Sharrock. Every Saturday from 23 Jan – 20 Feb she will email you out the Q&A and activities from that week’s writer. There is also the option to send your work back for feedback, if you want to. This is an opportunity to get additional advice on how to edit, develop or extend your work but is not obligatory. Activities will be designed for all ability levels, so you don’t need to be a confident writer, just willing to have a go. This is your chance to be creative, develop new skills and have fun! At the end of each course, you’ll also be invited to send your work in to be included in an on-line gallery of pieces that have been created through the course. Registration for the course will automatically include all five masterclasses. To book, just email [email protected] to reserve your place. More details on the masterclasses: Saturday 23rd January Audio Drama Masterclass with Allison Davies Allison is a dynamic writer from Northumberland with experience of theatre, film and radio. She’s had many adventures in China, India and Nepal, where she’s worked in a jungle hospital, cared for abandoned children in China’s orphanages, witnessed a Mumbai mafia shoot-out, nursed the dying and paraglided the Himalayas. She is interested in multi-cultural stories and in exploring the connections between us. Her work has been described as passionate, poetic, engaging and ultimately hopeful. She has rheumatoid arthritis and an autistic spectrum condition. In 2018 she was awarded a place on the first Film Hub North/BFI Northern Exposure Film Lab. She is a member of BBC Northern Voices and BAFTA Crew 2019/20 and reached the long list for the Alfred Bradley Bursary Award in 2019. Her short audio drama, Hag Stones, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2019. In 2020 she won a place on NORTH with Northern stage and received a BFI early development grant for her first feature. She is currently working on a range of projects for stage, screen and audio. Saturday 30th January Prose Masterclass with Lucie Brownlee Lucie is an award-winning writer, researcher and creative writing tutor. Her Sunday Times best-seller Life After You was chosen for the Richard and Judy Bookclub (described by Richard as ‘warm, moving… extremely funny’) and adapted for television. Her novel The Mother made the final four in Mslexia’s Novel Competition 2020 and she is a Northern Writers’ Award for Fiction winner for her novel The Song of Annie Chapman. Her short stories have been shortlisted in two international competitions and she has published many articles, including for the Independent and the Telegraph. Saturday 6th February Song Writing Masterclass with Bridie Jackson Bridie Jackson is a musician based in Newcastle, well known within the region and beyond for her work as a composer, performer and creative practitioner. For many years, Bridie toured with and wrote for Bridie Jackson and The Arbour, a multiple award winning folk band, which gained national recognition when they were chosen from 8,000 other bands across the country to win the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Contest. As a composer, Bridie has written for Theatre, Opera and Film, and has a passion for socially engaged projects, which has led to her working collaboratively with many North East based organisations, including Streetwise Opera, Curious Monkey Theatre Company, Sage Gateshead and Queens Hall Arts. "Bridie Jackson is one of the most exciting young composers working in Britain today. It was a privilege to work with her." - Matt Peacock, CEO of Streetwise Opera Company Saturday 13th February Poetry masterclass with Matt Miller Matt Miller is a poet, theatre maker, director and workshop facilitator who writes about place, identity and belonging and, on one occasion, going to Mars forever. In 2014, Matt was selected as one of The BBC’s Verb New Voices. They were the 2018 Derby Poetry Festival Slam Champion and a 2019 UNESCO City of Literature finalist for Slamovision representing Nottingham. They have been praised by Ian McMillan (The Verb) for ‘dramatic powers of urban storytelling’. Matt has previously worked with The Mighty Creatives as a lead artist on Emerge, a project which aims to give young people a creative voice, working with young artists in Mansfield to set up an arts festival in April 2019. They have also worked as a director with various theatre makers and in 2020 was a visiting lecturer at The University of Bedfordshire. Matt’s current theatre show Fitting explores cross-dressing, with storytelling, physical theatre and stage magic, and will be resuming its UK tour in Autumn 2021. Saturday 20th February Your Writing Community with Degna Stone Degna Stone is a poet and poetry editor based in Tyne and Wear. She is a fellow of The Complete Works III and a recipient of a Hawthornden Fellowship. She is a contributing editor at The Rialto, a co-founder and former managing editor of Butcher’s Dog poetry magazine, and an Associate Artist with The Poetry Exchange. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University and received a Northern Writers' Award for her poetry in 2015. Her latest pamphlet Handling Stolen Goods is available from Peepal Tree Press.