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)

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…

Youth Word Up 10th Birthday!

Working in partnership with Off the Shelf Festival of Words. Performance: Young people and poet Joelle Taylor. Event: 21st Oct 2021 | 7.30 – 9.30pm – Venue Sheffield city centre TBC. Free event. Register here…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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?

Warda wins Women Poets’ Prize

A huge congratulations to a long-time member of the South Yorkshire young writers network and a Hive young poet – Warda Yassin, who has just been announced as one of three winners of the Women Poets’ Prize 2020, alongside Alisha Dietzman and Natalie Linh Bolderston – congratulations to all!

Brave New Words Doncaster

Aged 14-18? Or 19 to 30? Brave New Words is a series of free creative writing workshops for young people in Doncaster exploring Roy’s idea of stepping into a new way of looking at the world, and ourselves in it, through writing….

Mixing Roots – for young voices of colour

Are you a young person of colour in South Yorkshire & nearby, aged 14 to 21? Interested in power of words? In August and September, award-winning Sheffield writer and poet, Warda Yassin (and guest writers & creatives Danae Wellington & Sile Sibanda) will be running a new Mixing Roots programme of free creative writing workshops for young people of colour and dual heritage from across South Yorkshire.

Naomi Thomas BBC Short Story Award Congratulations!

A massive congratulations to Sheffield Young Writer’s Naomi Thomas, one of five shortlisted for the BBC Young Writers’ Short Story Award 2020 with First Story and Cambridge University. ‘The Battle of Trafalgar Square’ by Naomi Thomas: Described by judges as ‘a punch in the face of a story, in the best possible way,’ an ordinary commute on a crowded tube train is transformed into a surreal and darkly…

She Will Soar Anthology

We’re delighted that New Poets Prize 2020 winner, Lauren Hollingsworth Smith, at just 18 years old, will be published in a new anthology of female poets, alongside poems such as Carol Ann Duffy, Grace Nichols and Mary Jean Chan. She Will Soar (Pan MacMillan) edited and compiled by Ana Sampson is described as ‘A stunning book featuring 130 poems about wanderlust, freedom and escape written by women’. Due out on 17th September 2020.

Our Rotherham Poem

Hive is so immensely proud of the unveiling of: Our Rotherham, a film poem written by Vicky Morris and Rotherham Young Writers to celebrate YORKSHIRE DAY, commissioned by the Rotherham Council Events Team…

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.  

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…

The Hive New Writers Prize

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….

Hive Poetry Collective

Hive Poetry Collective is a poetry workshop for young people 17 to 30 yrs from across South Yorkshire & nearby…Write poems, read poems, get ideas, build skills, learn from feedback, hear about opportunities and be inspired by others with an interest in poetry. 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…

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..

My Lumb Bank Arvon Week

I arrived by taxi down the single file road that lead to the Arvon, Lumb Bank writers residence. It was beautiful and remote and I felt so lucky; I never thought that I would be able to go on an Arvon course, but thanks to the amazing people at Hive I was there, and I was determined to…

Sheaf Poetry Festival Hivelights :)

Thank you to Sheaf Poetry Festival and listen to the Hive showcase at Sheaf poetry festival… We want to say a big thank you to Sheaf Poetry Festival for a great festival this year and so many great…

Thank You! Hive Young Writers’ Festival 2019

Hive Young Writers Festival 2019 saw an impressive 160 young writers, 25+ industry professionals and a heroic team of front of house staff and volunteers come together at Sheffield Hallam University on 13th April for a transformative and memorable day of all things words….