Cuckoo Young Writers @ The Word

Free - attend as many or as few sessions as you like

12-19 year olds

austen-cuckoo-soloTakes place Saturdays 2 – 4pm (during term time only). 

Have you ever dreamed of being a writer? Or maybe you’d like to have a go at poetry, scriptwriting, songwriting or reviewing?

Whether you’ve already got a novel on your memory stick or are looking for a bit of inspiration to give your writing a kick-start, this Cuckoo Young Writers’ group is the thing you’ve been looking for. Held weekly in term time, it offers young writers aged 12-19 a chance to share their work, learn new skills, and give and receive feedback in a creative and supportive atmosphere.

Come along and channel your inner Stephen King to explore Dark Fiction with Matt Wesolowski and James Whitman.
Matt’s horrifying Dark Fiction workshop has been so popular with our Durham group that we’ve asked him to make the journey to sunny South Shields to cast some shadows!

detective-cuckooThink horror and dystopian futures and create your own dark fiction.

What is Cuckoo Young Writers?

Cuckoo Young Writers is the name of New Writing North’s young peoples’ programme. It aims to provide year-round provision and opportunities for young writers in the North of England, through writing groups, projects, online support and its publications Cuckoo Chronicle Cuckoo ChronicleCuckoo Review and Cuckoo Press.

Benefits of joining

Participating in Cuckoo Young Writers programme helps young people achieve many things: to get into university, build CVs and write portfolios, develop writing skills and get jobs.
But there is more to it than just writing. Cuckoo enables young people to find their voices, express their identities, build friendships and grow their confidence.

Free taster sessions for local schools

egyptian-hieroglyphic-cuckooWe’re also offering free taster sessions to local schools in the area so we can show you all how brilliant our weekly workshops are so if you go to school in South Tyneside tell your teachers to get in touch!

More information

For more information about the group or anything else Cuckoo related email Rachael at

If you have a disability of any kind or you require special assistance, please contact us on 0191 427 1818.