PACE Theatre Company and CREATE Paisley are working together to produce Write Here Write Now, a Young Writers' festival this summer. The brand-new festival is set to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, putting young people in the spotlight, celebrating their incredible talents, contributions and creating new opportunities for them to shine.  

The project is an opportunity for young people from aged 12-21 with a passion for creating new work to develop their own ideas with support from professional artists, which will be fully rehearsed and then showcased at an event at Paisley Town Hall on 27 July 2018.

Young people are being invited to submit ideas, extracts or examples of their written work which will then be workshopped and developed to form the day-long Write Here Write Now (WHWN) Festival. Successful participants will be involved in every stage of the project and in addition, will receive a self-published book of all the works. 

WHWN Festival has an exciting team of mentors in place, with InMotion Theatre Company, acclaimed singer/songwriter Michael Cassidy, and Marie Collins of Paisley art pop band The Vegan Leather already confirmed to work alongside PACE Artistic Director, Jenni Mason.  Other Masterclass sessions will be announced

Applications to take part in this exciting new festival close on 11 June 2018 and submissions from across all artforms are welcomed, including plays and monologues, poetry and spoken word or songs. They will be accepted in a variety of formats, video, audio, digital, or written.  

Participant Adam Cabuk (18) has already applied and explains why: “An opportunity like this for young people is hard to come by. It’s a chance to prove that we don’t need to wait to be a certain age before we can unleash who we are and what we can offer to the world creatively. Giving young people a space to have a creative voice and share it with others is so important.”

Write Here Write Now is supported by the Year of Young People 2018 Event Fund. The year provides a platform for young people (8 to 26) designed to give them a stronger voice on issues which affect their lives, to showcase their ideas and talents, and ultimately, aims to challenge status quo and create positive intergenerational relationships.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Write Here Write Now offers a fantastic opportunity for young aspiring creatives to not only develop their writing skills with the help of experienced professionals but also to have their voice heard on a public stage. Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 aims to showcase our young people’s inspiring talents and it is great to see an exciting new festival fully embracing this in its programme. We are delighted to be supporting Write Here Write Now as part of the year’s celebrations.”

Further information about the festival and how to apply can be found here:

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