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Writing and Talking Saturday Club

Writing and Talking Saturday Club is a 10-week programme scheduled for February to May 2021 as a partnership between Nottingham Trent University and the National Saturday Club Trust. Aimed at pupils in Year 9, 10 and 11, our goal is to give pupils with an interest in creative writing the opportunity to get involved in a subject they love, free of charge at their local university.

Writing and Talking Saturday Club
Writing and Talking Saturday Club
Photo credit: The Saturday Club Trust

Why should pupils join the club?

With no previous experience needed, Writing and Talking Saturday club is the perfect space for pupils to experiment with words and express themselves. They’ll get to develop their creative writing and communication skills, meet like-minded people and make new friends. As well as having lots of fun, Writing and Talking Saturday Club looks great on their CV if they decide to apply to college or university later on. There will also be the opportunity to showcase their work in the summer show, an exhibition hosted by the National Saturday Club Trust!

What will the sessions involve?

With a focus on exploration, club members will have the opportunity the try out lots of different types of writing, like blogs and vlogs, writing for podcasts, reviews, novels and stories, poetry and the spoken word, to name a few. Together we’ll explore themes that matter such as race, class, gender, home, belonging, history, the future and global issues. We’ll use lots of different things for inspiration, such as popular culture, films, TV, food, music, art, and many more!

Dates

The club launches on 27 February and will finish at the end of May. Workshops will be held on Saturdays during term-time, from 10am-1pm. There will be no workshops over the Easter holidays (3, 10 and 17 of April). There may be an additional two sessions for evaluation and for the summer show celebration in May/June.

Location

The club will initially be run as live, online workshops via MS Teams. Home internet access and a device (such as a computer, smartphone or tablet) is required for access to the online sessions. Pupils do not need an MS Teams account to participate. They will simply be sent a link to access the session on a regular internet browser, such as Google Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer.

If Covid-19 restrictions lift, the sessions may be held in-person at Nottingham Trent University's city site. If this is the case, we will email club members and parents/carers to let them know.

Cost

The club is completely free!

How to apply

Applications are now open!

Parents and carers can apply on behalf of their child, by completing the online application form. Information and the application form for parents/carers can be found by clicking on the button below.

Places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants who meet widening participation criteria.

Visit the National Saturday Club website and find out more about what other Writing and Talking Clubs are doing nationwide. You can even visit the 2020 Summer Show online exhibition!

Saturday Club? Well, it’s the highlight of the week, isn’t it?”

Club member, aged 14

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