National Writing Day

From First Story

Resource type: Event

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS2, KS3, KS4

Region(s): All of UK

National Writing Day 2023 will take place on Wednesday 21st June. This annual celebration of creative writing  for young people is provided by a coalition of literacy organisations and publishers, led by First Story.

The First Story website hosts a number of free resources that schools can use to engage and encourage writers of all ages and abilities. Resources include:

  • Creative writing exercises and activities for primary and secondary schools from First Story and partner organisations, Arvon, the British Library , CLPE, the English & Media Centre, the Forward Arts Foundation and the National Literacy Trust .

Cost: Free.

About First Story: First Story is charity that aims to provide high quality creative writing opportunities for students in non-selective state secondary schools in low-income communities. The charity runs writers-in-residence programmes, CPD courses for teachers, regional and national events and writing competitions.

Further resources:

  • Find additional free creative writing exercises suitable for KS3 and KS4 (National 4 and 5) students on the First Story website.
  • Sign up to Authorfy for access to a range of Author Masterclass videos, where top children’s authors talk about their inspiration and writing process.
  • Young Writers run themed writing competitions all through the year with supporting resources for teachers.
  • There are two poetry competitions running through the summer term – The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award and the LoveReading4Kids Poetry Prize.
  • Magical Story Jars contain themed story prompt cards to inspire young writers’ imagination.
  • The English and Media Centre produce illustrated creative writing workbooks for secondary pupils. Just Write and Write On each contain over 40 writing activities for pupils to choose from to explore their own creativity.
  • Celebrate young people’s writing by publishing their work using the Make Our Book platform.

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