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First Story

First Story

Who we are

We're working towards a society that encourages and supports all young people to write creatively for pleasure and agency. We believe there is dignity and power in being able to tell your own story, and that writing can transform lives. 

Creative writing develops a unique mix of skills and attitudes that support learning and prepare young people to thrive. The craft of writing fosters experimentation, risk and resilience. It cultivates curiosity and play, while teaching discipline and persistence. Writing regularly promotes mental health and wellbeing, as much as it furthers literacy and attainment. 

First Story is committed to bring opportunities for creativity to students who may not otherwise have the chance. We focus on partnering with schools in low-income communities, where GCSE results fall in the lowest third of the national distribution, and/or where a high percentage of students qualify for free school meals. 

Our flagship programme places a professional writer into a state secondary school for one or two terms, where they work intensively with students and teachers to develop young people’s confidence, creativity and writing ability. 

Through our core programme and extended activities, including competitions, regional events, a national festival and summer residential, we expand young people’s horizons and raise aspirations. Participants gain vital skills that underpin academic attainment and support achieving potential. 

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Charity details

Registered address
39-41 North Road,
N7 9DP

020 7481 7778

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