First Story

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In a classroom in a challenging state school, fifteen students are busy laughing and scribbling alongside the school’s writer-in-residence. They are among hundreds of students who benefit from writer residences organised by First Story in challenging secondary schools in the UK.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1122939)

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Situation

Where money is no object, schools value the impact of creative instruction. Schools like the American School in London and Eton College pay a high premium for writer-in-residence programmes. Schools located in areas of multiple economic deprivation struggle with poor exam performance and low attendance rates, while having the least access to creative instruction. Young people at these schools are afforded few opportunities to develop confidence and voice through creative activities.

Solution

We aim to expand our programme into a new school to build on our existing network. We will bring literary and extracurricular activities to the heart of this school. The author will lead weekly after-school workshops for two terms. We will publish an anthology of the students’ work and arrange public readings. Through our project we aim to change the culture of state schools and spark students' independent interest in reading and creativity.

  • First Story is a fantastic idea... it offers young people something else. It helps them find a voice.

    — Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • First Story is a very exciting idea. I know how writing can liberate and strengthen young people‚Äôs sense of themselves as almost nothing else can.

    — Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials

  • First Story is an inspiring initiative. It's a joyful project that deserves as much support as we can give it.

    — Zadie Smith, author of White Teeth and On Beauty

  • First Story is a fantastic idea... it offers young people something else. It helps them find a voice.

    — Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • First Story is a very exciting idea. I know how writing can liberate and strengthen young people’s sense of themselves as almost nothing else can.

    — Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials

  • First Story is an inspiring initiative. It's a joyful project that deserves as much support as we can give it.

    — Zadie Smith, author of White Teeth and On Beauty