Young Writers Summer School

Do you enjoy putting pen to paper, and love building stories of your own? Would you like to spend time improving your writing alongside other young people who share your enthusiasm? 

The Young Writers Summer School offers students aged 11-14 the opportunity to explore and practice diverse types of writing. Taking in a wide range of forms across prose, poetry and news reporting, students will craft individual and group compositions within a friendly and supportive environment. By carefully studying classic examples of fiction and poetry, this course encourages critical reading in order to develop our own writing with precision, flair and imagination. It also places a strong emphasis on sharing work, and on offering and receiving constructive feedback and suggestions for development.

The structure of the course across four days ensures an enjoyable variety of games, activities and exercises and provides an exciting mixture of discursive engagement and personal endeavour.

Throughout all sessions students will benefit from the sensitive guidance of our friendly team of tutors, and from small class sizes (max 14) which ensure that there is plenty of space for each voice to be heard. An intensive four days of exploration, discussion, studied practice and feedback will leave participants with a strong grasp of creative techniques, plentiful stimulating examples, and a sense of direction and possibility for their future writing.

For full practical and booking details just scroll down past the reviews.

Do you enjoy putting pen to paper, and love building stories of your own? Would you like to spend time improving your writing alongside other young people who share your enthusiasm? 

The Young Writers Summer School offers students aged 11-14 the opportunity to explore and practice diverse types of writing. Taking in a wide range of forms across prose, poetry and reportage, we will craft individual and group compositions within a friendly and supportive environment. By carefully studying classic examples of fiction and poetry, this course encourages students to read critically in order to develop their own writing with precision, flair and imagination. It also places a strong emphasis on sharing work, and on offering and receiving constructive feedback and suggestions for development.

The structure of the course across four days ensures an enjoyable variety of games, activities and exercises and provides a dynamic mixture of discursive engagement and personal endeavour.

Throughout all sessions students will benefit from the sensitive guidance of our friendly team of tutors, and from small class sizes (max 14) which ensure that there is plenty of space for each voice to be heard. An intensive four days of exploration, discussion, studied practice and feedback will leave participants with a strong grasp of creative techniques, plentiful stimulating examples, and a sense of direction and possibility for their future writing.

‘A fun and interesting course taught with enthusiasm. We looked at a wide variety of poetry and prose and thoroughly studied (and participated in our own bit of) journalism. The group exercises were great and everything was engaging and thoroughly enjoyable. An excellent opportunity to improve and practise creative writing, poetic and journalism skills.’

‘This course helped me in my writing in a fun and original way. The teachers were friendly and catered to the individual needs of the students. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys writing, or would like to improve.’

‘I really enjoyed the course because I learned lots of new types of poetry and writing. I met lots of new people too. It was very interesting and fabulous!’

‘If you want a chance to learn more writing techniques and get inspiration for your stories, you will love this fun, friendly Summer School.’

‘The Young Writers Summer School is a unique learning experience which is fun and you learn a lot from. My favourite day was being a news reporter and making our own newspapers. Overall, extremely fun!’

‘This course helped me in my writing in a fun and original way. The teachers were friendly and catered to the individual needs of the students. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys writing, or would like to improve.’

‘If you want a chance to learn more writing techniques and get inspiration for your stories, you will love this fun, friendly Summer School.’

‘A fun and interesting course taught with enthusiasm. We looked at a wide variety of poetry and prose and thoroughly studied (and participated in our own bit of) journalism. The group exercises were great and everything was engaging and thoroughly enjoyable. An excellent opportunity to improve and practise creative writing, poetic and journalism skills.’

‘This course helped me in my writing in a fun and original way. The teachers were friendly and catered to the individual needs of the students. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys writing, or would like to improve.’

‘I really enjoyed the course because I learned lots of new types of poetry and writing. I met lots of new people too. It was very interesting and fabulous!’

‘If you want a chance to learn more writing techniques and get inspiration for your stories, you will love this fun, friendly Summer School.’

‘The Young Writers Summer School is a unique learning experience which is fun and you learn a lot from. My favourite day was being a news reporter and making our own newspapers. Overall, extremely fun!’

Practical Details

While the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, courses will be held online, rather than in-person.

At this stage, it is unclear what the situation will be for summer 2021 in terms of in-person events – we will continue to review the situation as it develops, but in-person courses will not be scheduled until we can be confident that they can go ahead safely, and with a very low probability of disruption.

In any case, it is very likely that online courses will be offered next summer in addition to in-person events, for those who would prefer not to travel to London. Booking for online summer events will open in late Autumn 2020.

The Young Lawyers Summer School is open to students aged 11 – 14.

The usual venue for this course is Student Central, University of London, Bloomsbury Campus, Central London – you can see more venue and travel details herePlease note that accommodation is not included, and must be arranged independently if required.

The in-person course is four days in length, and teaching hours on each day will run from 10.30am till 4.30pm, with a lunch break.

If you are interested in this course, either in person or online you can click on the ‘Express Your Interest’ button below and let us know that you would like to hear about any news or updates related to this event.

If you have any questions, simply call us on 0800 810 1058 or email us at info@debatechamber.com.