First Story seeks to address the educational disadvantage faced by children in challenging social and economic circumstances. We strive to raise achievement, self-confidence and aspiration through creative instruction.
We arrange and pay for acclaimed authors to run weekly creative-writing workshops for groups of students in challenging secondary schools across the country.
At the end of the workshops, First Story publishes a professionally produced anthology for each school, and the schools host book-launch events at which the students read their stories aloud to friends, families and teachers.
In addition, we encourage students to continue their publications independently of First Story and provide resources to help students and teachers build ‘writing schools’.
We aspire to develop First Story hubs in strategic locations across the country, which will ensure that every secondary school student has access to the creative provision to which we believe he/she is entitled. Please help us achieve this.