Young Writers’ Groups

If you’re a secret scribbler, vocal wordsmith, closet novelist or part-time poet, Hive runs a network of FREE young writers groups in Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham from autumn 2016. Our South Yorkshire groups, meet once a fortnight during term time on a regular week day from 5 or 5.30pm to 7 or 7.30pm depending on the group. (We also have a once a month Saturday poetry group for 16-25s)

Who are our groups for?
We welcome young people (14 to 19s or thereabouts) of all interests, abilities and backgrounds who enjoy any form of writing. Our groups are about sparking ideas and exploring the power of words through creative writing exercises and techniques rather than obsessing over spelling and grammar (although that’s something we can help with too if you like).

They’re also about being a fun part of a young writers’ community and the opportunities that come with it. You don’t have to think you’re a great writer to join, you just need an interest in writing and a willingness to try new things.

Each of our 4 groups runs fortnightly during term time.
Sheffield Young Writers
5.30 to 7.30pm, Sheffield Central Children’s Library (there’s currently a waiting list as the group is very popular but do get in touch to put your name down!)
Rotherham Young Writers
5 to 7pm fortnightly, MyPlace Centre, Rotherham,
Barnsley Young Writers
5 to 7pm fortnightly Mondays during term time, Barnsley Central Library 

Doncaster Young Writers
5 to 7pm fortnightly Wednesdays during term time, The Point, Doncaster 

Each group provides opportunities to:

  • Write, share and develop your interests with other young writers in a relaxed and supportive environment
  • Explore a wide range of creative writing forms including: stories, poems, scripts, spoken word, lyrics, blogging, and journalism
  • Meet fortnightly for two hour workshops during term time
  • Gain feedback and guidance on your writing from emerging and professional writers
  • Access and take part in further writing opportunities such as themed projects, residentials,and open mics
  • Gain a writing-focused Arts Award through an ongoing commitment to your writing

Writing successes
Members of our groups have been published and won poetry slams and writing competitions such as Foyle Young Poet of the Year. Some have performed with top poets including Benjamin Zephaniah, Buddy Wakefield, and Hollie McNish, or interviewed a favourite author such as Malorie Blackman. Some have gone on to study writing at university. Some have applied for, and been accepted into the Writing Squad, a professional development programme for young writers under 21. And we’re pretty sure, all long-term members would agree that the skills and qualities they developed from coming to a writing group have helped support their journey into adult life.

Interested in joining?  Email us with your name, age, writing interests, and the group you’re interested in to: