Young writers urged to come and shine at group

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Calling all budding city wordsmiths – a writing group needs you.

The Sheffield Young Writers group, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is looking for new members aged between 14 and 19 to join this autumn.

The group, which covers everything from poetry and spoken work to short story and script writing, attracts young people from all around Sheffield who share an interest in creative writing.

Writer Vicky Morris, who runs the group, said: “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.

“We don’t obsess over grammar and spelling, it’s really about enjoying writing and being able to express yourself openly and honestly in a supportive environment.

“I really encourage that.”

The group, one of a network of young writers groups run by Writing Yorkshire, are involved in a wide range of writing-related activities including young writers’ festivals, open mics, talks with professional writers, competitions and writing residentials.

Over the years, its members have won regional slams and writing competitions such as the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award.

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is for poems written by any young person aged 11 to 17.

Since it began 15 years ago the award has kick-started the career of some of the industry’s most exciting new voices.

It is the largest competition of its kind and is free to enter.

Each year 100 winners – 85 commendations and 15 overall winners are selected by a team of high-profile judges.

The winners receive their awards at an annual prize-giving event on National Poetry Day.

The free Sheffield Young Writers’ group meets fortnightly on Wednesday evenings between 5.30pm and 7.30pm at Sheffield Central Library.

If you’re aged between 14 and 19 and like writing, get in touch with Vicky at vicky@writingyorskhire.org to find out more.

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