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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 you the opportunity to get involved in a subject you love, free of charge at your local university. You don’t need any previous experience of creative writing, and there are no exams!

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

Why should I join the club?

Writing and Talking Saturday club is the perfect space for you to experiment with words and express yourself. You’ll have the opportunity to write about things you might not have the chance to explore at school. You don’t need any previous experience, and there no exams! You’ll get to develop your 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 your CV if you decide to apply to college or university later on. There will also be the opportunity to showcase your work in the summer show, an exhibition hosted by the National Saturday Club Trust!

What will I do?

With a focus on exploration, we’ll use lots of different things for inspiration, such as popular culture, films, TV, food, music, art, and many more! We’ll 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 to you such as race, class, gender, home, belonging, history, the future and global issues.


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.


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. You do not need an MS Teams account to participate. You 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 you to let you know.


The club is completely free!

How to apply

Applications are now open!

Ask your parent or carer to fill in the online application form using the button below. We will email you to let you know if we can offer you a place.

Places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants.

Find out more

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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