Write Here!

Monday to Friday FREE
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  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7797
  • Email: learning@bl.uk
  • Admission: Free entry

Write Here! is a creative writing workshop that encourages students to generate new work inspired by some of the great writers and original drafts housed at the British Library.

From free writing and word games to descriptive narrative or dialogue, students will be guided through a range of imaginative activities to get their creative juices flowing. Led by professional writers, participants will be encouraged to be playful with their writing, but also to experiment with a range of techniques to progress their work and develop their confidence as creative writers.

Students can work across multiple forms, including prose, poetry and drama, or focus on one of these areas. Working together, the group will explore writing as a craft and develop their understanding of the editing process to help them re-draft and perfect their own work. The group will receive both professional feedback and comment on each other’s work and will leave with first drafts of new work that can be developed further in class.

Write Here! takes place in our Learning Centre, Treasures Gallery and public spaces of the Library. The workshop will include looking at some of the inspirational original drafts on display.

West Africa: Write Here!

During our exhibition, West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song (16 October 2015 – 16 February 2016), we’re offering a special version of Write Here! The session will draw inspiration from some of the beautiful manuscripts, historic film and sound recordings, books, photographs, and woven and printed textiles on display.

Find out more about West Africa: Write Here!

Online Resources

Discovering Literature: Explore the British Library’s greatest literary treasures from the Romantic and Victorian periods alongside contextual material. Suitable for GCSE and A Level English.

English Timeline: Explore the evolution of English language and literature, from the 11th century to the present day.


Age group: Year 7 - 13
When: Monday to Friday
Length: 90 minutes (Year 7 - 11) and 120 minutes (Year 12 - 13). Please allow more time after your workshop to explore the galleries and public spaces.
Group size:

minimum 10, maximum 40 per session

Key skills: English Literature, Creative Writing, Theatre Studies
Price: Admission: Free entry
Enquiries: +44 (0)20 7412 7797
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