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Community writing labs

Start your child’s very own writing adventure and build skills for life

Free after-school writing labs

We make writing exciting

At Ministry of Stories, we believe the best way for young people to gather skills and realise their potential is by discovering the power of their ideas and imagination.

Our free after-school writing labs are for children aged between 8-15 from our east London community. Please see the eligibility requirements at the bottom of this page.

Workshops are currently taking place online, via Zoom. We can’t wait to return to hosting them at our dedicated writing centre – a fun, safe, and creative place hidden behind our own fantastical shop Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.

See if your child can join!

How labs Work

Helping young writers grow

We allow young people’s imaginations to take the lead and offer them the chance to get excited about all forms of writing, from poetry and podcasts, to screenplays and songwriting.

Attending weekly sessions will help your child improve their literacy, build confidence and self-esteem, make friends and have fun!

Our secret

Inspirational mentors

All our programmes are designed and delivered by professional writers and educators. Young people are given individual support by our team of specially trained volunteer mentors.

They help children develop language and communication skills, giving them greater confidence – in education and in life. All our volunteers are DBS checked and trained in safeguarding procedures. Your children are in safe hands.

More on our method

Imaginations welcome here

All of our community writing labs take place at our Hoxton Street writing centre. See if your child is eligible, choose a day, and get in touch using the ‘Check if your child can join’ button below!

Who’s eligible to attend?

Due to high demand in our busy neighbourhood, we have to keep our offer very local. If a child is aged 8-15 and lives within 500m of our writing centre (see on a map), or attends one of the following schools, we can offer them a place subject to availability:

Days and Times

  • Tuesday — 15:45 – 17:00 Small group (by referral only)
  • Wednesday — 15:45 – 17:15 (ages 8-12)
  • Thursday — 15:45 – 17:15 (ages 8-12)
  • Saturday — 11:00 – 12:30 (ages 8-12)
  • Saturday — 14.30 – 16.00 (ages 11-15)  Members must attend secondary school and live in either Hackney, Islington or Tower Hamlets

Want your child to start their writing adventure?

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