Monday, October 06, 2008

Liverpool Young Writers 08/09 – Now recruiting!

Information from an email from Writing on the Wall

An innovative local project for Merseyside's budding young writers, poets, M.C.s and performers begins this month.

Liverpool Young Writers Project, in partnership with Connexions, is currently looking for young people aged 11 - 19 interested in developing their skills in writing and/or performing poetry and other forms of literature.

We will be delivering weekly evening workshops that aim to develop young people's skills and confidence; culminating in a major live show next spring and the possibility of having their work in print. We offer one-to-one support for all participants. We will also be taking the group to various writing-based events and performances in the city.

Upon completion of the project, participants will recieve a Bronze or Silver Arts Award accredited by the Arts Council. With this project we hope to hone talent and provide a platform for them to build confidence, creativity, citizenship, and the chance present their work alongside professionals to a large audience.

Our previous project proved to be a success, leading to a major concert last May in which young people had the opportunity to perform their own material alongside famous MCs and poets as part of the Writing on The Wall Festival.

As well as young individuals who would like to join us, we are interested in working with any educational or community organisations that would like to refer young people to us. We aim to engage those ‘at risk’ from a number of factors, including:

Social exclusion
Anti-social behaviour/previous convictions
Care/looked after child
School exclusion (temporary or permanent)
Not in education, employment or training
Learning difficulties/physical disabilities
Family difficulties
Risk of homelessness

If you are interested in referring any young people you work with, you can call us on

0151 703 0020

or email for further information.

Please feel free to forward this information to any colleagues who may be interested.

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