Ilkley Young Writers

Do you enjoy writing poems, stories, songs – anything?

Are you even secretly writing a novel?

Would you like to be able to meet other teenagers who enjoy writing or take part in special workshops with writers away from school?

If so, we’d like to hear from you.

Ilkley Literature Festival runs a weekly group for young writers in Year 8 to Year 13, on Mondays during term-time. The group is based in Ilkley and any young writers from Bradford, Skipton, Ilkley, Keighley, the Wharfe Valley and Leeds areas are welcome to come along.

The sessions run from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and cost £15 per term. You’ll be expected to come to all sessions in a term (unless of course you are ill, on a school visit or have exams) and there will be a mixture of lots of fun writing activities including short story writing, script writing, writing poetry and learning how to read and perform your work.

Ilkley Young Writers is run by Ilkley Literature Festival and led by Michelle Scalley Clarke, author, playwright, performer, creative writing and performance facilitator and Sai Murray, writer, poet, performance and graphic artist of Bajan/Afrikan/English heritage.

As well as meeting weekly, the Ilkley Young Writers also host their own Open Mic nights to perform and share their work and regularly appear at Ilkley Literature Festival. They’ve taken part in the Leeds poetry slam at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, been on a residential with the Brontë Parsonage, had their work published, appeared on BBC Radio 4 and East Leeds FM;  reviewed events and interviewed authors, including the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and members of the group have been picked for the Writing Squad, been commended in the Foyle Young Poets competition and won the Young Historical Novelists Award. And in their spare time some members of the group have gone inter railing around Europe together!

Our term dates for Autumn 2019 are:

Mon 16 September

Mon 23 September

Mon 30 September

Mon 7 October

Mon 14 October

Mon 21 October

NO session on Monday 28 October (Half Term).

Mon 4 November

Mon 11 November

Mon 18 November

Mon 25 November

Please Note: The group is currently full but to be added to the waiting list or for more details contact:

You can now pay for your term membership online.

The quickest and easiest way to pay for your Ilkley Young Writers membership is online – please follow the link above.

Event Details

  • WhenMondays during term time
  • Time6.30-8.30pm
  • Price£15 per term
  • VenueChristchurch, The Grove, Ilkley, LS29 9LW
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