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First Story

First Story

With your authors, support a school through a year‑long writing residency.

First Story changes lives through writing. We have seen how writing can empower young people and foster their literacy, creativity and self‑esteem.

Our programme brings acclaimed writers into secondary schools serving low-income communities. We are currently running 50 writing residencies throughout the UK, working with more than 1,000 young people. Through our weekly workshops, students gain skills that can underpin their success in school, support their transition to employment and enhance the quality of their lives. Every year we inspire more young people to explore their imaginations, write stories, share their experiences and realise that their voices have value.

“First Story has had a major impact on my life; it’s given me confidence in my writing that I never had before. When I began First Story, I had no clue what I wanted to do in the future or where I wanted to be. But here I am this year attending university to study English with Creative Writing. Whether you want to be a writer, or go into science or any other subject, First Story will give you the confidence to become who you want to be.”—Sania, First Story alumna.


First Story Ltd
Omnibus Business Centre
39 – 41 North Road
London N7 9DP


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