A creative writing festival and development program for young people.

Page Talk is a series of creative writing workshops and festivals for young writers aged 12-16. Page Talk Young Writers’ Week explores the world of creative writing through inspiring workshops with professional writers and culminates in a one day festival of events.

How does it work?

A group of young people work with professionals concentrating on a different genre of writing through a series of creative half day workshops to produce a variety of new pieces. Past events have seen poetry, live radio plays and real life story telling.

At the end of a week of intensive creative workshops, the young writers will have the chance to take part in the Page Talk Young Writers’ Festival, featuring a series of events curated to showcase the work of the young people. This gives young writers the chance to show their friends, family and members of the public what they have been working on during the week, as well as meet and get advice from professionals in the How To Be A Writer and Writers Press Conference.

Previous Page Talk projects have taken over venues such as the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon ,the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton  and Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford where new writing created two exciting days of original festival events.

So far the project has engaged with almost 1oo young people, supported 20 professional writers, featured 5 performance artists

Page Talk is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The project has been produced to further develop and engage young people with creative writing and is a product of Hayley’s part time role as Youth Project Fieldworker at Writing West Midlands.

Young Writers’ Festival Documentary (short)