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Young person’s writing workshop

To celebrate Washington 60, Jessica Andrews, local-born writer and prize-winning author of Saltwater, leads a free one-day creative writing workshop.

  • Booking essential
  • Free event

The workshop will start with a writing exercises led by Jessica. We'll provide lunch, which is followed by a 45-minute guided walk around Washington Village. The workshop will end with chance to write a short excerpt inspired by life in Washington, with help and support from Jessica.

The event is open to anyone aged 11-19, however we encourage participation from young people who live in or around Washington.

This event is in partnership with Washington Heritage Partnership, Sunderland Culture, Arts Centre Washington and Washington Area Committee.

Times

The basics

Booking details

Call louise.thain@nationaltrust.org.uk

Suitability

Suitable for ages 11 - 19

Meeting point

Meet in the old café space at Washington Old Hall

What to bring and wear

Please wear suitable clothes for outdoors as the workshop includes a short walk Lunch is provided.

Accessibility

Access to the old café is via steps. An accessible route is available on request - please speak to a member of staff. The guided walk around Washington Village will include pavements, gentle inclines and will pause at relevant locations.

Other

Jessica Andrews is a novelist from Sunderland. Her debut novel, Saltwater won the Portico Prize in 2020 and her second novel, Milk Teeth was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Encore Award in 2023. She is a Contributing Editor at ELLE magazine and she writes for the Guardian, the Independent, BBC Radio 4 and the Architectural Review, among many others. Her writing has been featured on BBC Front Row, BBC Woman's Hour and BBC Radio 3. She was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction Futures for writers under the age of 35 and longlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2022. She has taught at ARVON, New Writing North, Litro and the University of Roehampton, among others. She is a lecturer in Creative Writing at City University, London.

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