Hive South Yorkshire is the hub for young writer activity in the South Yorkshire region.

We are a user-led project, with a young writer steering group that helps to direct our activity. We are grassroots and choose to stay small to keep the integrity in our work and ensure what little funds we have go directly to developing young writers.

Whether you like to write as a hobby, want to express yourself better with words, or are super focused on a writing career – whatever your interest or ability – Hive is here to help you achieve your writing goals and connect with a wider young writers’ community.

Hive was founded by writer, Vicky Morris, in 2016 after many years working as a freelancer in community arts supporting the development of young creatives. Here’s the story of how Hive came about.

Hive provides:

  • An online network that signposts all kinds of writing opportunities
  • Regular creative writing groups for 14 to 19s (& project and programs poetry & fiction for up to aged 30) happening across South Yorkshire in Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley & Rotherham
  • A programme of writers’ days with professional writers
  • Talks and open mic live literature events
  • Writing residentials and retreats
  • Workshops and projects working with all kinds of partners
  • Competition and publishing opportunities
  • Young Writers’ events and festivals
  • Volunteering opportunities relating to writing and creative careers
  • A writing-focused Arts Award
  • Hatch programme opportunities – developing young writers 18-30

Wins and accolades by Hive Young Writers
Here are some of the awards and competitions young writers from Hive groups have won over the last few years: Young Northern Writers Award, the BBC Young Writer of the Year, Foyle Young Poet of the Year, the New Poets Prize, Ledbury Poetry Competition, Prole Poet Laureate Competition, the Wales Young Poets Award, Young Poets network challenges (the Poetry Society), Streetcake Prize, Orwell Youth Prize, Sheffield & Barnsley Poet Laureates, Head My Voice Competition.

New partnerships
Hive runs outreach projects working with partners in the community to deliver workshops and projects that encourage participation and help remove barriers to enjoying and accessing writing opportunities. We create tailored projects that enable young people to use creative writing to address specific motivations, themes, issues, and concerns while improving their writing skills.

We’re always on the lookout for new and exciting collaborations with community and youth projects, schools, colleges and other arts organisations. If that’s you, please get in touch for a chat.