Established in 2013, Chelsea Young Writers 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 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.
“Chelsea Young Writers’ offers our girls the opportunity to develop their creative writing skills by working with professional authors. This gives them a wonderful insight into the writing process and the themes explored each term have really inspired them.”
Mrs Jill Walker, Headmistress at St Nicholas Prep & former Deputy Head at Glendower Prep)
“The boys have been enthralled from the very beginning, enthusiastically absorbing all of the top tips from the myriad of superb authors and are penning away with zeal and flair. The session has been repeatedly oversubscribed which is testament to its popularity and there are young authors in the group who have chosen this club over sports clubs, which is an accolade in itself. The boys are noticeably writing with more confidence and pace. The talented and very engaging writers transport the boys to fantastical realms and stimulate some superb short stories. This term the boys have been mesmerised by the Space theme and have been creating some very gripping plots which enthrall and entertain. ”
Miss Olivia Baillieu, English Teacher, Wetherby Prep & Senior
“The Chelsea Young Writers workshops provide a creative and original way for children to explore their writing talent.Working with published authors inspires children to be authors too.I am pleased to see budding young writers express their original ideas at these workshops.”
Mr Donal Brennan, Interim headteacher at St Anthony Prep school & former Headmaster of The Hampshire School Chelsea
“Ecole Internationale Franco Anglaise, EIFA is proud to be working in partnership with the Chelsea young writers organisation, their team has been working with our students for the past year. Our Creative writing club has a lot of success with our parents and students. Their programme is really original and helps children to travel in a fantastic world of dreams and adventures.”
Mrs Gael Panhelleux, Head of Admissions, Ecole Internationale Franco Anglaise EIFA