Young Writers’ Day: Writing Mystery with New Writing North Young Writers


Suitable for 12-19 year olds


Whether you’re an experienced writer or curious to try creative writing for the first time, join the New Writing North Young Writers for a day of mystery! You’ll respond to some cryptic themes as well as learn how to keep your readers guessing.

New Writing North Young Writers run weekly groups for young writers (aged 12-19) on Saturdays across the North East, including at The Word in South Shields. The groups are free and open to all. For more information, visit or email

Sessions include:

Poetry with Lisette Auton, 10.30-11.30am

Work with Lisette to develop some poems on a whole range of mysterious themes. With creative prompts and friendly advice Lisette will have you writing in no time!

Flash fiction with Matt Wesolowski, 12noon-1pm

Say lots with little and leave mystery in the gaps with this masterclass in writing a very short narrative! Join author Matt as he shares his top tips for writing short stories that pack a punch.

Editing and performance masterclass, 1.30-2.30pm

Work with our South Shields Young Writers Group Leader to edit your work from the morning, and collaborate with your fellow young writers to devise a performance of your work to conclude the day.

Young Writers’ performance, 2.30-3.30pm

About the writers

Lisette Auton is a disabled writer, activist, poet, spoken word performer, actor, theatre-maker and creative practitioner – she does stuff with words. She is an award-winning poet and one of Penguin Random House UK’s WriteNow mentees for her children’s novel. She was awarded the 2019 Early Careers Residency for Literature at Cove Park by the Fenton Trust, and is on the TSS Publishing list of Best British & Irish Flash Fiction 2018-2019. Lisette delivers passionate spoken word pieces using lyrical techniques to spiral out from the personal to the universal. All of her work seeks to make the invisible visible.

Lisette has delivered several workshops for New Writing North Young Writers in the past, most recently on our Young Writers’ City programme in Gateshead.


Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK.  He started his writing career in horror and was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at ‘Bloody Scotland’; Crime Writing Festival 2015. His subsequent debut crime novel ‘Six Stories’ was published by Orenda Books in the spring of 2016 with follow-up ‘Hydra’ published in the winter of 2017, ‘Changeling’ in 2018 and his latest novel ‘Beast’ in February 2020. ‘Six Stories’ is an international amazon bestseller and has been optioned by a major Hollywood studio. The third book in the series, ‘Changeling’ was longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, 2019 Amazon Publishing Readers’ Award for Best Thriller and Best Independent Voice.

Matt has worked with New Writing North’s Young Writers’ Groups and school programmes several times before, including at the South Shields ‘Pick n Mix’ summer school at The Word in August 2019.

WRITE Festival 2020

This event is part of The Word’s WRITE Festival which is being held between 23 May – 12 June 2020.

The Festival is jam-packed with events and workshops for people of all ages to enjoy. Find out more by viewing our full WRITE Festival programme at

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