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 is an annual celebration of creative writing  for young people. It is provided by a coalition of literacy organisations and publishers, led by First Story. National Writing Day 2024 takes place on 19th June.

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:

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:

  • Join authors SF Said and Viviane Schwarz for a free online workshop on 18th June that will explore the theme of Journeys and inspire pupils in Years 3-6 to create their own handmade Journey books.
  • Get involved with author Andy Shepherd’s mini writing challenge based on her best-selling series The Boy Who Grew Dragons.
  • Join best-selling author Jenny McLachlan as she offers practical tips and advice for writing creatively on her Roarsome Writing Club videos on YouTube.
  • Download a set of Comics Rule! resources produced by the National Literacy Trust in collaboration with the Beano. The resources are designed to build students’ confidence using the world of comics and graphic novels. Schools can also sign up by 21st June for the chance to receive a set of free activity packs to give to Year 6 pupils to inspire and encourage writing for pleasure over the summer holidays.
  • Explore the creative writing for schools resources on the Scottish Book Trust website, including Phil Earle’s creative writing masterclass, a series of five videos in which Phil Earle introduces and explores different themes and creative writing activities.
  • Sign up to Authorfy for access to teaching notes, writing challenges and 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.
  • 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.
  • Explore evidence-based approaches that support reading and writing for pleasure in the Reading and Writing for Pleasure: A Framework for Practice report from the Open University.

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