With Young People

We organise events for young people, including free and online events, to create open opportunities for anyone to hear and learn from the best writers in the UK and internationally. 

Free writing and reading resources on our website are there for teachers, students and any budding writer or reader to use. We create writing prompts, digital workshops and top tips that help to get new writers started. We organise for our Fellows to visit schools and give talks and run workshops with students, encouraging them to write and read.

We celebrate the work of diverse writers and run regular engagement projects to support and encourage reading, writing and great literature for everyone.

An online programme that supports young people to develop their writing skills, either independently or in class. Including videos workshops covering a range of writing forms

Alongside our Windrush 75th anniversary R.A.P. Party – featuring  performances of specially-commissioned poems – we invited young people to submit their own Windrush-inspired poems

RSL Fellows and young people spotlight writers from the past who had inspired them, but who were never elected to the RSL Fellowship

Pairs of poet ambassadors work together in a video series to inspire people to write their own poems reflecting Londoners’ lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, collected here and displayed on the map of London

You can find resources – from great examples of creative writing and writing competitions, to top tips from RSL Fellows and recorded writing workshops – in our library, under Look & Listen.

If you can make a donation of any size to support our work bringing literature to young people, we promise to make it count. We don’t receive any government funding and rely on generous supporters like you to make this work possible. 

Become a Member

Our Members are champions of literature. Their support makes our engagement work in schools and prisons possible and they enable us to celebrate literature in all its wonderful diversity. As a thank you, we give them all the joys of a literary festival and book club rolled into one, all year round.