Write By You gives disadvantaged girls and young women (aged 13-18) the opportunity to develop their creativity, confidence and written skills.

Workshops will be run by project manager Sarah Tinsley, as well as local writers from underrepresented backgrounds in the publishing industry. During this process, participants will have the opportunity to try out a range of genres and spend some time finding out what really matters to them, and how they want to express it.

To develop their work, Sarah will provide online one-to-one tutorials. These will focus on improvements to their chosen piece of work, as well as giving them the opportunity to enhance their wider skills of written communication.

The whole team will then work together to plan and host a celebration event. In conjunction with the distribution of a high-quality anthology of their work, the local community, friends and family will attend to read their published work and celebrate their fantastic achievements.

As Write By You is in its first year, the programme will be offered to a small group within a target school. Please let us know if you’d like to be involved next year!

Sarah Tinsley is a London-based writer with fourteen years of teaching experience. She won the 2020 novel manuscript prize with Spread the Word and Bookouture and has been longlisted for the Primadonna Prize in 2020. She won the Segora International Short Story Competition in 2015. Her short fiction, non-fiction and reviews have been widely published, including The Huffington Post, The F Word and Dear Damsels. She has planned and delivered writing workshops for whole year groups within her last teaching post and has also delivered workshops to young adults and undergraduates.

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