Writing Groups for Young People From Monday 11 May, Hexham Book Festival and Queen’s Hall Arts will be running two free on-line writing courses for young people aged 14-20 years, led by writer and theatre maker, Becci Sharrock. To book your place contact [email protected] - you are welcome to sign up to both courses or pick the one that you’re most interested in. You can find out more about Becci’s work and projects here. Young Playwrights[6 weeks from Monday 11 May]The young playwrights’ course will explore what it takes to write a short script, from initial idea through to first draft; everything from deciding on the themes you want to explore to creating characters, writing dialogue and structuring a script. Young Writers[6 weeks from Saturday 16 May]The young writers’ course will give you the chance to try lots of different styles of writing, from flash fiction to poetry, using found text to response writing. How it works:When you sign up, you will need to provide an email address that you are happy to be shared with our group leader, Becci Sharrock. Each week (on a Monday for the Playwriting Group and a Saturday for the Creative Writing Group) Becci will email you out activities that you can complete in your own time at home. There is also the option to send your work back to Becci for feedback, if you want to. This is an opportunity to get additional advice on how to edit, develop or extend your work. 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, writers will have the opportunity to send their work in to be included in an on-line gallery of pieces that have been created through the course. To book your place contact [email protected] Please note, places on the course are limited and in the case of over subscription, we will be prioritising places for those based in Northumberland.