Ilkley Young Writers

During 2020, Young Writers will be continuing digitally! Due to the nature of these new arrangements, we sadly will not be taking on any new members. For current members, you will receive an email with instructions of how to join in digitally this term.

Ilkley Literature Festival runs a group for young writers in Year 8 to Year 13, on Mondays. 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.

This Summer Term sessions will run from 6.00pm to 7.30pm and cost £35 per term. You’ll be expected to attend all sessions in the term (unless of course you are ill) 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.

In addition to the sessions, 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 2020 are:

  1. Mon 14 September
  2. Mon 28 September
  3. Mon 12 October

[No session 26 Oct for ½ Term]

  1. Mon 2 November
  2. Mon 16 November
  3. Mon 30 November
  4. Mon 7 December

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


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