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Creative Zone for 11-24 year olds

Get creative and take part from home.

If you're young, creative and looking for ideas, we've pulled together some fun and inspirational resources and activities to get you started.

We'll be updating this page regularly, so don't miss out - keep checking in!

Young Creatives at Home

Young Creative Awards Nottingham

The brilliant Young Creatives At Home programme, is a series of specially commissioned online activities giving you an opportunity to develop your creativity, learn new skills and just have some fun.

From dance, songwriting, graphic design, riso printing, to acting and creative writing - workshops, videos and creative activities will be shared on the Young Creatives at Home social media channels throughout May and June.

BLM writing competition

Black Lives: The George Floyd Short Story Competition.

Nottingham Writers’ Studio is proud to launch the first year of our new annual writing competition in memory of George Floyd, a black man killed by a white police officer in the US.

“The murder of George Floyd by a man who was meant to protect him is a tragedy. This competition is intended to commemorate his life and shine a spotlight on the BAME community and their stories.” – Alan Walker, NWS Chair

With this anthology, we seek to capture not only stories of social justice that capture the mood, tone, and energy of the vital Black Lives Matter movement, but the entire gamut of BAME life experience, from social justice to comedies by black authors to romances with a predominantly Asian cast.

This competition is open to all as they welcome the experiences of advocates and allies as well as voices from the black community.

Opens: Monday 15 June 2020 Closes: Friday 14 August 2020

Find out more here

More writing and poetry competitions


Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020 – If you are aged 11 – 17 you have until 31st July to enter your poem or poems (you can enter more than one).


The Solstice Prize for Young Writers 2020 – Creative Writing prize for 10 – 17 year olds, poetry (up to 40 lines) and short stories (up to 1000 words) on any subject can be entered.  Deadline Saturday 20th June.


Generation Lockdown – Writing competition for ages 7 – 17. Submit a piece of writing about what life has been like in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic. Entries should be 700 words and under and can be a personal account, a poem or creative story.  Deadline is midnight Friday 17th July 2020.


C.A.A.B. Publishing Short Story competition – 8-13 year olds can enter a 1000 word magical short story which must feature a taxi cab. Deadline is 30th September 2020.

Nottingham Central Library Young Writers Group is now online!

Stuck for inspiration?  Want take part in a creative writing workshop with a professional writer at a time to suit you?

Then get scribbling with these exciting creative writing prompts on the Writing East Midlands YouTube channel


If you're aged 12 to 18 and you’d like to get feedback, meet other young writers, and take part online in a fun creative writing workshop with Nottingham Writer, Jim Hall, either sign up here:

Nottingham Young Writers joining form

or email, and we’ll send you a free invite.

Places are available on a first come first served basis and priority is given to those living within Nottingham City Centre.

Live workshops take place online on Saturday afternoons at 1pm and there’s more information here:

Discover eBooks and recommended reads

There are eBooks, eMagazines, eAudio Books and eNewspapers
totally free for library members,
check it all out on our eBooks and eNewspapers pages.

There are Apps for iOS and Android, you can also use a PC or MAC. Happy reading!


Run out of ideas on what to read next? 

There are recommended reads for all ages on our Nottingham Reading Page, or have a look on these websites for recommended reads: 

Teen summer reads

for ages 12-14

for ages 15-18

Authors live on demand! Readings and discussions


See Anthony Horowitz as he discusses his phenomenally successful Alex Rider series. Suitable for age 9+


Marcus Sedgwick: watch Marcus discuss his genre-bending 'The Ghosts of Heaven'. Hear about why Marcus writes for teens and learn about the ideas and research behind this challenging book. Suitable for age 12+


Watch this broadcast to hear Malorie Blackman discuss why reading matters and her journey to writing; what inspired her and the challenges she overcame. She also offers top tips for writing



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