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. 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 provides:

  • An online network that signposts all kinds of writing opportunities
  • Regular creative writing groups for 14 to 19s (& 16 to 25s) happening across South Yorkshire in Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley & Rotherham
  • A programme of writers’ days with professional and emerging 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
  • A young writers’ festival
  • Volunteering opportunities relating to writing and creative careers
  • A writing-focused Arts Award
  • Hatch programme opportunities – developing young writers 18-30

What’s new?

From September 2018, we are so pleased to have been granted funding from Arts Council England to pilot a new programme – Hatch – offering a number of next step opportunities for young writers from 18 to 30, including training and development opportunities and an enabling fund allowing emerging writers to progress their practice, explore new skills and experiences, and shape content, audiences and approaches to producing and accessing writing.

We’ll also be working with community partners on new projects and of course be open to all (14-30 years) for submissions at key dates during the year.

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.