Young Writers Mentoring

A ten-month mentoring and workshop scheme for writers aged 11-16

The Writers’ Block Young Writers Mentoring Programme offers Six lucky applicants FREE 1-1 creative writing mentoring, access to 10 monthly creative writing workshops, including online sessions and live masterclasses with published writers, and a chance to share your work. It is aimed for writers aged 11-16, whatever their genre or form.

The Young Writers Mentoring Programme will run January-October 2022. It will include access to 10 creative writing sessions (4 masterclasses and 6 writing workshops), and 4 x one hour long 1-1 mentoring sessions spread over the year. Mentoring sessions will offer a chance to share work and receive feedback, ask questions about areas of writing you are struggling with, discuss your wishes for your future as a writer and how to work toward this, and receive support in producing a piece of work to share at the end of the project.

To apply, answer the following bullet points and email your responses to [email protected]

  • What are your ambitions as a writer?
  • How do you think you would benefit from partaking in this scheme?
  • Send us a sample of some writing from which you are proud of up to one A4 page.
  • Include your name, age, address, and a contact phone number. Please include an email address of a parent or carer.

Deadline for applications is midday 10th December 2021

Successful applicants will hear back by 21st December 2021

Workshops will run one Saturday a month, except for July when there are two sessions. Young Writers workshops will be run online using zoom 10am-12pm, and Masterclasses will be held in-person 10am-1pm at a Redruth venue tbc.

Successful mentees will be expected to attend all of the 10 workshops, though of course we understand there may be unforeseen circumstances affecting attendance. Please check your availability before applying or mention in your application if there is a date you can’t make.

Due to face to face masterclasses, this programme is only really suitable for young people within 2 hours of Redruth.


Workshops will be as follows (more details at the bottom of the page):

January 22nd: Young Writers Workshop

February 26th: Spoken Word Masterclass with Rebecca Tantony

March 26th: Young Writers Workshop

April 23rd: Journalism Masterclass with Leo Devine

May 21st: Young Writers Workshop

June 18th: Science Fiction and World Building Masterclass with Emily Barr

July 16th: Young Writers Workshop

July 30th: Travel Writing and being an Instagram Writer Masterclass with Jacob Little and Sian Lewis

*Summer break for August

September 17th: Young Writers Workshop

October 15th: Young Writers Workshop


Our Young writers workshops are run by Cornish writers Olivia Lowry and Casey Bottono. They are a relaxed environment to meet fellow writers, practice your writing and find your voice. These workshops involve quick creative writing exercises and opportunities for writing longer pieces. Each session has a different theme, decided in response to the group’s wishes.

Masterclasses are led by published writers based in Cornwall and offer a chance to meet professional writers and learn from them skills of writing in their style and ask questions. Click on the writers names below to read more about the workshop leaders.

Rebecca Tantony

Leo Devine – former BBC broadcaster

Emily Barr

Sian Lewis and Jacob Little