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Express yourself with words

GENRE: Arvon City, Fiction & Poetry

Are you a young person (14-18) living in Belfast? Do you like to write or express yourself with words?

Apply for this exciting opportunity to develop your writing with the support of top writers.

Arvon is wrapping up its special ingredients and bringing them to The Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. Get inspired on this three-day non-residential creative writing course as part of The McGrath Writers programme run by Arvon in partnership with the Belfast Inter-Schools Creative Writing Network.

Join us for an immersive writing experience, a powerful mix of workshops led by acclaimed writers, one-to-one feedback, the support of fellow writers and plenty of time and space to write.

Lunch, dinner and refreshments will be provided each day and you’ll get to know and work with other young people in a friendly and supportive environment.

This course runs from 10am-9pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10am-5pm on Sunday.

Arvon changed my idea of myself as a writer.    Young participant


Malachy Doyle

Malachy Doyle has written more than 100 books for young people of all ages. Among his most recent are Too Noisy, Tadcu’s Bobble Hat and Pete and the Five-a-Side Vampires.

Catherine Fox

Catherine Fox is a novelist, blogger and Creative Writing lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has written three novels, published by Penguin, a memoir about judo, and a Young Adult fantasy novel Wolf Tide.  Her new novel Acts and Omissions, is published in July 2014 by SPCK.


Who can apply?

Arvon Belfast is aimed at young people (14-18) living in and around Belfast. All abilities and writing interests are welcome, whether you’re just starting out or seeking direction. We are particularly keen to hear from young people from diverse backgrounds, those with disabilities and anyone who feels they wouldn’t normally have this opportunity. 

To apply

To apply for this course please download the application form here and return by email to Joe Bibby on Places are limited to 16 participants, so we will contact you after the deadline to confirm if you have been selected for a place.

Deadline for applications: 5pm Friday 7 October 2016

Cost: £25 per person including meals and refreshments. Discounts are available for individuals unable to pay in full.

Dates: Friday 25th to Sunday 27 November 2016. Days start at 10am with after dinner discussions and readings until 9pm on Friday and Saturday.  Sunday finish 5pm.

Venue: The three-day programme will take place at Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. The venue is accessible to wheelchairs. Young people will be assisted with transport arrangements.

For questions, application help & discount enquires: Sheena Wilkinson is on hand to answer any questions or for enquiries about discounts.  She is also here to support individuals with their application should they wish. Say hello at:


The McGrath Writers provides opportunities for young people from all communities in Belfast to engage with creative writing.  The project is generously supported by The McGrath Trust and delivered by Arvon, in partnership with Start360 and The Belfast Inter-Schools Creative Writing Network.

The Belfast Inter- Schools Creative Writing Network was established by novelist and former Methodist College teacher Sheena Wilkinson in 2011, for the creative and personal development of young writers in the Belfast area and beyond. The Network welcomes young people from Year 11 upwards, and offers monthly workshops, always taken by a professional writer, and covering all genres. The Network also arranges Arvon residentials and publishes an annual anthology.