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08 May 2019

Posted by Millie James

My Work Experience with the Mayflower Young Writers

My name is Millie James and I am one of the young writers in the 15-18 group. I helped out with the younger group for my college work experience, from 2nd of February up to the 23rd of March. This blog post will recall my experience whilst I was helping out there.


My job was to help the young writers develop a prompt into a piece of writing. I had to come up with prompts and activities for the young writers, as well as presenting the task to them within the session and writing the social media posts for each session. During my work experience we were working on scripts for a tour of the Tudor House as well as exploring the time period, with prompts from Horrible Histories.


One of the sessions which gave me the most insight into working within the field is the session we looked at Tudor ailments and cures. In this session we talked through some of the things that Tudors thought helped illnesses before giving them a brief: Coming up with a Tudor cure for a modern-day illness. After they had come up with a presentation within groups, the three leaders watched them and chose the cure that we would ‘fund’.

Not only did the work experience teach me leadership and encouragement skills, but I also gained a larger understanding of what works and what doesn’t in writing by evaluating and helping others improve theirs. All in all, it was a great experience which taught me lots of skills which will help me in the future, such as organisation, communication and teaching.


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