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 group for young writers in Year 8 to Year 13, bi-weekly 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.

This Autumn Term sessions will run from 5.45pm to 7.30pm and cost £45 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.

Run by Ilkley Literature Festival, the group is 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 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 2021 are:

  • Mon 20th September 2021
  • Mon 4th October 2021
  • Mon 18th October 2021


  • Mon 1st November 2021
  • Mon 15th November 2021
  • Mon 29th November 2021

Please Note: There is availability in the group to join, please email to register interest.

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

  • WhenMonday
  • Time5.45pm-7.30pm
  • Price£45 per term
  • VenueChristchurch, The Grove, Ilkley, LS29 9LW
  • labelMake enquiry

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