Young Writers Groups

We’re looking for new members! (from autumn 2021) If you’re a secret scribbler, vocal wordsmith, closet novelist or part-time poet, Hive runs a network of young writers groups in Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. Our groups meet once a fortnight for 2-hour workshops during term time on a weekday eve…

Hive Young Writers’ Competition 2021/22

A writing competition for 14 to 30s from or based in Yorkshire & the nearby north. Poetry | Flash Fiction | Stories Age Categories: 14 – 16 | 17 – 19 | 20 – 30 Deadline: midnight 30th December 2021 (Individual & group/classes entries welcome)

Poetry & performance workshop for young people in Rotherham

Calling young people aged 14 to 21 in Rotherham, like creative writing or want to build confidence to read your work to an audience? Then come along to the wonderful Rotherham Civic Theatre for a workshop all things poetry writing & spoken word (and maybe performing, but you decide!) Through the workshop, you’ll build your writing confidence while…

Speak Your Truth to Power

Who or what has power over you and what do you want to say to them? This simple but vital question is at the heart of performance and digital theatre project – Truth to Power Café – and we’re delighted to be working with them this autumn via Rotherham’s Children’s Capital of Culture! If you’re a young person in Rotherham aged 14 to 25…

The Perks of Young Adult Fiction – Young Writers Day with YA writer Paula Rawsthorne

Hive Young Writers’ Day: Writing young adult fiction that flies off the page – with award-winning Young Adult fiction writer Paula Rawsthorne. 30th Oct 10.30am – 4pm, Sheffield | 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.

But Mummy Doesn’t Have a Broken Arm by Sam Davis

We’re delighted to tell you about Doncaster young poet, Sam Davis’ debut children’s book – But Mummy Doesn’t Have a Broken Arm, out now on Amazon. Sam, who attends Hive Poetry Collective and recently took part in the Brave New Words Doncaster project (in partnership with Doncaster Creates) wrote the book in the absence of finding anything suitable for children to read around understanding why a parent, or adult in their lives, might be in a mental health hospital…

Brave New Words Podcast

Brave New Words was a programme of free creative writing workshops for young people in Doncaster exploring a new way of looking at the world, post-pandemic, and ourselves in it. This is a podcast of a selection of the work produced…

Lacey wins the Matthew Hale Award

We are delighted that Lacey Williamson of Barnsley Young Writers has won the Matthew Hale Northern Writers Award 2021. Lacey has had a difficult few years and this is such a boost to her confidence and growth as a young writer. She will receive a package of support from New Writing North to help develop her writing…

Children’s Books North interview

We were delighted to do an interview recently for Children’s Books North (co-founded by Tilda Johnson, Emma Layfield and Liz Scott in 2020). CBN aims to connect published children’s authors, illustrators and publishing professionals living in the NW, NE, Yorkshire and Scotland….

Happiness & Other Poems

It was lovely to be part of the open mic launch of Happiness & Other Poems yesterday with St Leger Homes of Doncaster, a publication of fine work written during Hive workshops with young people and adults as part of Keeping Safe Week Doncaster run by St Leger Homes of Doncaster and the mighty Stacey Lynn…

The Snow Grows Whiter

The Snow Grows Whiter: Painting the World Anew through Poetry with Vanessa Lampert – In the words of poet, Charles Simic ‘The snow grows whiter after a crow has flown over it’. How can the poet paint our world anew and turn up the brightness or amplify the dark? How can we write the crow, or be the crow?

New Poets Pamphlets 2020

We are so excited that the New Poets Prize 2020 winners’ pamphlets are now available to purchase from Smith|Doorstop bookshop and other outlets…

Creative writing at Harrison College Doncaster

It’s been so much fun and so insightful holding the huge majority of our workshops and groups online over this past year – we’ve opened the door to loads of new writers and we’ve loved finding new ways of working – both for us at Hive, and for the writers taking part…

The Wales Young Poets Award 20/21

Congratulations to Anni Hodgkinson of Doncaster Young Writers, winner of the inaugural Wales Young Poets Award 2020 in the 14 to 17 age category…

The Canalworks Project with Mixing Roots

What a wonderful weekend of poetry on the canal! On Saturday, young writers from the Mixing Roots project joined Warda Yassin for an exciting poetry workshop on a canal boat in Swinton. Warda is currently collecting inspiration for a poem she’s writing to be displayed along the canal later this year…

Safia Khan wins New Poets Prize 2021

We are so thrilled for Hive young poet Safia Kahn who is a winner of the international New Poets Prize 2021 – for her debut pamphlet collection ‘Too Much Mirch’. Safia started out in the network as a member of Doncaster Young Writers when…

Michael Smith by Morgan Westwood-Cooke

PODCAST: A chance feature on the local news connects the dots a lonely schoolteacher has left out of place for years. A brilliant and illuminating study of how family trauma burrows deep and the ways we find to cope…

Congratulations to Beth Davies – The Dead Cat Poetry Prize

Congratulations to Beth Davies of Hive Poetry Collective, and Sheffield Young Writers alumnus, whose poem We Met You as a Dead Thing came second in The Dead Cat Poetry Prize…

Longley Park Workshops

If you’re a Longley Park Sixth Form student, you can sign up for one of three creative writing workshop through the day on Wednesday 16th June working with our current Sheffield poet laureate Warda Yassin and Vicky Morris from Hive Young Writers network.

Young Poet Network Challenges

Congratulations to Hive’s Erik Ruder commended in the August Young Poet’s Network Challenge Re-mixing History, Fiction and the Unexpected, and Dillon Butt longlisted in the Human Cell Atlas Challenge!
Thanks to the Poetry Society|Young Poet’s Network for your thoughtful and inspiring challenges!

Canalworks Project

Calling people of Sheffield and nearby with an interest in the stretch of canal between Sheffield and Tinsley – whether you live nearby, like to walk there, love wildlife and water, or are interested in its history – join Sheffield Poet Laureate, Warda Yassin, for a jaunt along the canal and a bit of creative writing and thinking along the way!

Write for TV Opportunity for 18-30s

Calling young creatives 18 to 30 in Rotherham and nearby South Yorkshire… Do you want to try WRITING FOR TV? Sky Writes is a partnership between Sky Studios and New Writing North to support under-represented writers from Rotherham, and the nearby areas, to develop their ideas and skills in Writing for Television. Taster workshop 26th April 6pm

Writing One-page Wonders

Writing One-page Wonders: Stories in the blink of an eye… (Sunday 18th April) Imagine writing a story as tiny as a sparrow. A story that lands on your hand for a few seconds before taking off again — but leaves your skin tingling for ages afterwards. That’s what flash fiction is all about. Flashes are very short stories that often fit only a page, but stay in your head for years.

Our Streets: Unmasked

Commission Opportunity… Calling budding fiction writers! We’re excited to offer a fiction writing commission to a small number of young writers (aged 17 to 30) inspired by documenting and exploring the changing faces of the places we live as they take off their masks and wake from their lockdown slumber.

WordHatch Doncaster

Aged 14 to 19 in Doncaster with a creative itch to scratch!? WordHatch is a taster programme of relaxed, fun and free creative writing workshops for young people in Doncaster. You don’t have to think you’re a great writer to attend. Everyone is welcome from….

Lauren at Kendal Poetry Festival

We’re delighted that Hive young poet, Lauren Hollingsworth Smith, is reading from her debut upcoming poetry pamphlet, Ugly Bird (The Poetry Business) at the Kendal Poetry Festival on Saturday 28th February alongside fellow New Poet Prize winners Lucy Holt and Gboyega Odubanjo….

Hive Online Fiction programme

Hive Fiction programme for writers (17-30s) – take your writing to the next level. Writing can be a lonely and a tricky business to navigate, whether you’re starting out or have been at it a while. It’s difficult to know where to get feedback, or if what you’re writing makes the grade. And then there’s what to do with a story once you’ve finished…

Hive & Sheffield Year of Reading 2020

One of things we love to do the most at Hive is reach out and work with great partners. In 2020 Hive’s own Nik Perring has been enjoying the role of Writer-in-Residence for Sheffield Libraries’ Year of Reading…

Using Philosophical Enquiry to Spark Creative Writing

How can philosophical inquiry lead to creativity, and particularly, new writing ideas and approaches? Join us for a practical workshop with writer and facilitator, Rosie Cornall, who will encourage you to try out philosophical techniques, sparked by creative writing, to open up new channels for your own writing…

Putting together a poetry pamphlet masterclass

Are you a young poet in Yorkshire or the nearby north 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, the Poetry Business pamphlet competition or another submission, but feel unsure how to go about it?