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 range of forms across prose, poetry and reportage, 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 both 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 which ensure that there is plenty of space for each voice to be heard. An intensive couple of days of exploration, discussion, 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 range of forms across prose, poetry and reportage, 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 both 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 which ensure that there is plenty of space for each voice to be heard. An intensive couple of days of exploration, discussion, 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, and as long as there remains a risk of disruption, all courses will be held online, rather than in-person.

The Young Writers Summer School is open to students aged 11 – 14, and will take place 21st – 22nd July 2022.

The online course is two days in length, and teaching hours on each day will run from 10.00am till 3.30pm, with a lunch break. 

These are live online events, with small seminar groups offering fully interactive classroom discussion and debate (much as you would normally expect from our in-person courses). The events will not be recorded, so it is essential that you are able to attend during the course hours, and that you have a reliable audio and video internet connection.

The cost for this course is £180, and you can reserve your place with a 25% non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the payment is due eight weeks in advance of the course start date. Please see here for full booking terms and conditions.

Book before the 31st December 2021 to get a £25 earlybird discount on course fees.

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

We offer a limited number of full and partial bursaries (of up to 80% of fees) to students who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for a bursary then please complete your bursary application here.