Congratulations to Naomi Thomas Northern Writers Award 2020

We are delighted that Naomi Thomas of Sheffield Young Writers has been Highly Commended in the Young Northern Writers Award 2020 for short fiction….

100 Days of Lockdown: A Disabled Writer’s Experience

At the time of writing, I have now been in the house for one hundred days (except for a hospital admission). These have been horror-filled weeks for many. The deaths of learning and physically disabled people have more than doubled since this time last year. As a disabled writer, how am I supposed to…

Writing Picture Books

Curious to see what it takes to write a children’s picture book manuscript? Or wondered what an editor will be looking for?
Join Emma Layfield, Hachette’s Picture Book Development Director, North, to explore the exciting world of picture book writing.

Me, Arvon & Claudia Jones

When I heard about the Arvon Writing for Performance with Communities retreat, I was so excited. It sounded like just what I was looking for – new ways to develop as a writer but also as a practitioner and facilitator of others…

School’s Out – Ada Urbaniak

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ada Urbaniak reflects on the pressures and strains of secondary school academia and life… Speculation rose through the classroom days before the official announcement: that schools would soon close all across England in an effort to slow the transmission of COVID-19.

New Poets Prize Winners 2020

We are utterly delighted that 17-year-old Georgie Woodhead of Sheffield Young Writers, and 18-year-old Lauren Hollingsworth Smith of Rotherham Young Writers, are both winners of the international New Poets Prize 2020 – for their pamphlets ‘Takeaway’ and Ugly Bird’. Both have been part of the Hive network for several years and also attend Hive’s Poetry Collective.  

Every Little Helps – Isabel Hawksworth

Since the panic buying of early March has relaxed – when Britons spent a whopping 60 million extra in supermarkets – shelves are back to being stocked and you can even get pasta and tinned tomatoes again. But what’s the current reality of supermarket essential services?

How Far Is Too Far? Isabelle Osborne

Track & Trace in the Time of Pandemics…Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, countries across the world have reacted to reducing its spread and devastation in dramatically different ways…

Spring News…

Greetings from Hive HQ! Just a little update celebrating a few bits of good news (and let’s face it we need all the good news we can get right now!) and a few reminders… Firstly, the last bit of amazing goodness to happen before lockdown – Sheffield Young Writer Niamh Brownhill is the 2020 BBC Young Reporter National Gold Winner!

FREE online interactive creative writing workshop for 14-19s in Sheffield

14 to 19 from in or around Sheffield? Interested in creative writing and entering competitions but don’t know where to start? If this sounds like you (and you don’t already participate in Hive network groups) then we’d LOVE to hear from you to get…

Minding How You Go

For many of us struggling with our mental wellbeing, the worst thing we can be is isolated with our own thoughts for too long – under any circumstances. So, while we’re socially distancing, now is the time to get some space from the demons in our heads too…

Home Front non-fiction commission

Calling budding young writers, thinkers and fledgling journalists… We’re excited to introduce Home Front, a micro-commission writing opportunity for young people aged 15 to 30 in South Yorkshire. Home Front seeks interesting non-fiction articles and opinion pieces on any topic responding, directly or indirectly, to the current world we find….

Hive Young Writers Competition 2020

Hive Young Writers’ Competition is open to young people, aged 14-30, from across the whole of Yorkshire and nearby…In these days of uncertainly for us all, with unexpected time on our hands, we’ve brought back our Yorkshire-wide young and emerging writers competition as an outlet to channel creative energy…

Our groups are online!

Hello! Just a quick note to say… we are running our regular group creative writing sessions online for the time being. If you’re a young person, 14 to 30 in South Yorkshire, we have a number of sessions happening for different ages and areas. Just get in touch with your name, age, where you’re based and your writing interests…

A message of support

Hello to all of our members, to everyone who’s been involved with us over the years, and to new people who might have found us after looking for something to do. We want to wish everyone wellness, calmness, and safety right now. Although our usual Hive activities are on hold, we are…

Love Sheffield Writing Competition

Hive have teamed up with Sheffield Year of Reading on this fab competition offering writers and non-writers of all ages a creative outlet over the next few months….

Spring Young Writers Open Mic

CANCELED until further notice
due to coronavirus. Stay positive and look out for each other.
Young Writers’ Open Mic (aged 14-30) | 7.30pm – 10pm (doors open 7.10pm) We’re calling you … young people (14-30s) from across South Yorkshire and nearby! If you write poems, tell stories, compose lyrics, play guitar or have anything else to say out loud to a supportive audience, this is an evening to celebrate your words and talents in a warm atmosphere….

Barnsley Young Writers Programme

We’re running a 6 week young writers programme in Barnsley and we want you! Aimed at young people who want to try creative writing outside of school or college, and find out about what opportunities are available for young writers in South Yorkshire and beyond. You don’t have to think you’re a great writer to join us, you just need an interest in writing and…

Exploring Fiction

Open to all 18-30s interested in writing or publishing any forms of fiction | All levels and experience welcome | FREE | Wednesday 4th March
Sheffield’s Year of Reading writer in residence, Nik Perring, shares tips, tricks, and industry hints, covering all aspects of writing fiction (short story, novella, novel). There’ll be exercises to generate ideas, ways to expand and improve what you already have, and how to….

The Perks of Young Adult Fiction

Writing young adult fiction that flies off the page – with award winning Young Adult fiction writer Paula Rawsthorne…Drawing on the strengths and driving elements of this genre, join multi-award-winning writer, Paula Rawsthorne, for a day of writing and exploring all things Young Adult fiction. From finding inspiration for stories to pitches and plotting….

Sheffield Year of Reading 2020

Hive are delighted to be supporting Sheffield Library’s Year of Reading 2020 as part of its young people’s strand of activity including the soon to be announced Hive New Writer Prize – for 14-19 years. Sheffield Year of Reading 2020 is a 12 month, citywide celebration of creativity and the written word…

New Writing North’s: Hachette Writing for Children Roadshow

As a young aspiring novelist, when Hive told me about New Writing North’s Hachette Writing for Children Roadshow event in Sheffield, I was very keen to go along. I’m currently working on my second novel and all the information I’ve previously learned about publishing has come from…

Poetry Edit Surgery

Crafting a great poem isn’t just in the writing, it’s often in the editing (and sometimes even more so!) Part workshop, edit tips and tricks session, part working on editing your own work, join poet, Vicky Morris, for a session open to all young and emerging writers who want to polish their poems for gleaming arrival into the world!

Hive Young Creatives Barnsley Half term sessions

Are you aged 14 –21 and interested in creative writing, contemporary art or design? If so, this series of free workshops is for you! Work with professional writers and artists and have a go at producing creative writing (and maybe even drawing) inspired by current exhibitions at Barnsley Civic exploring mental health, portraiture and domestic rebellion through….

Young Poets Writers’ Day: Putting together a pamphlet

Are you a young poet in Yorkshire or Derbyshire between the ages of 17 and 30? Do you have a number of strong poems that you’d like to shape into a pamphlet submission for the New Poets Prize, or the Poetry Business pamphlet competition, but feel unsure how to go about it?

Hive Poetry Sessions

Hive Poetry is a monthly poetry workshop for young people 17 to 30 yrs from across South Yorkshire…Write poems, read poems, get ideas, build skills, learn from feedback, hear about opportunities and be inspired by others who buzz off the same thing in a relaxed atmosphere. Be it hobby interest, serious career or portfolio focus, join us to stay in your creative groove! 

surfing the twilight Hive anthology is here!

Our new young wrier’s anthology, surfing the twilight is here and available to buy! This wonderfully moving and diverse anthology showcases 79 works of poetry, short story and flash — the work of a whopping 73 young and emerging writers in the region including award winners Warda Yassin, Lauren Hollingsworth Smith, Ciah White and Georgie Woodhead. It also celebrates the winners of…

Congratulations Lauren Hollingsworth Smith winner of the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award!

Huge congratulations are in order to 17-year-old Lauren Hollingsworth Smith of Rotherham Young Writers – one of the 15 winning poets of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2019! The top 15 poets and 85 commended poets who are winners of this year’s Foyle Young Poets Award were announced at…

Young Writers’ Open Mic & Anthology Launch 30th Oct

We’re calling you … young people (14-30s) from across South Yorkshire! If you write poems, tell stories, compose lyrics, spit bars, or have anything else to say out loud to a supportive audience, this is an evening to celebrate your words, ideas and talents in a warm atmosphere.

Georgie Woodhead BBC Short Story Award Congratulations!

A massive congratulations to Sheffield Young Writer’s Georgie Woodhead, one of five shortlisted for the BBC Young Writers’ Short Story Award with First Story and Cambridge University. Georgie’s story Jelly-headed, described as ‘a comic, quirky and ultimately tragic story of two friends, a night out and a lightning strike that brings devastation. A story about..