Our Creative writing workshops for children are designed by award-winning children’s authors and led by experienced practicing writers and educators. These courses aim to further develop creative and critical thinking techniques, teaching invaluable language skills that can be applied to all aspects of the curriculum. We use a range of programme materials that are completely exclusive to Chelsea Young Writers, suited to absolute beginners as well as more advanced young writers. With small group sizes, children benefit with a mentor-like relationship with their course leader; one of Chelsea Young Writers’ main goals is that children can enjoy writing for fun as well as become more rounded storytellers, and our small-group approach encourages constructive creative freedom!
Given that our groups are small in size to maximise the benefit of the session, spaces are limited and early booking is advised. The workshops take place in several venues across London, so please do check the individual course details when you register. The After-School Clubs run according to the school term calendar, and our Holiday Clubs are held during half-term breaks as well as over the Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays.
Creative Writing Courses
We run a variety of purely creative courses designed exclusively by Chelsea Young Writers to suit a range of abilities: from the very first attempt at a story and basic plotting exercises, through to constructing believable characters and establishing a unique voice as an author. Children benefit from plenty of one-to-one contact with their course leaders each session, allowing a fantastic creative relationship to develop between mentor and writer which allows them to grow in both confidence and ability.
11+ English Exam Preparation Courses
We also offer 11+ intensive workshops run by experts in primary education and 11+ preparation. Specifically tailored to help Years 5 and 6 prepare for their future exams, young writers get the chance to practice the required drafting, planning and comprehension within set time limits. With feedback given not only on their writing, but also their-management, analytical and creative thinking skills, participants will come away from these sessions with a range of techniques to apply to learning beyond the exam itself. Confidence will be increased and nerves will be banished!
The Write & Revise workshops not only stretch the imagination, but deepen the understanding of writing as a craft. During this course, you will produce an original story using fun writing prompts, before learning to hone your style with step-by-step exercises and peer-critique. You’ll take time to edit your work and receive valuable feedback on improving the flow of your story. As a first introduction to self-evaluation, these sessions teach vital proofreading and copyediting skills through worksheets, games and group work.
The Imaginarium Club
You can make up stories from anything and everything, you just need to see the potential! The Imaginarium Club is a uniquely designed programme offered only a couple times a year which brings together, art, nature and writing under the guidance of expert mentors. On our Imaginarium Club adventures, young writers will discover clues hidden within some beautiful paintings, London historic houses and their natural surroundings to inspire their own tales.