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23 September 2023

Posted by Robyn O'Mahony

Values

Autumn term begins with a bang!


After six weeks of rest and reset for our Junior and Young Writers, we came together on

Saturday 23rd September at Mayflower’s MAST Studios for a new season of writing and

creative exploration. 


Welcoming back community regulars and getting to know new members, we spent the

morning playing games, agreeing the parameters of the term ahead, and reacquainting

ourselves with our fellow writers. 


As it was our first session back, we took the opportunity to set the foundation for the next

nine weeks. We asked our junior and young writers to consider what matters to them in this

space, and work alongside each other to come up with the values we want to carry us

through. The groups then shared what they had discussed with their peers and together we

chose the ones that resonated the most with the whole group. These then became our

manifesto – or contract – for the autumn term. 


During this exercise, the young people shared their passions for inclusion and respect, fun

and creativity, kindness and collaboration. It was a great way to begin proceedings, with

plenty of laughter and creative chaos guiding us along. 


Before setting off to enjoy the rest of the weekend, the Junior and Young writers were

presented with a colourful notebook that will be the home for all their writing during the next

two months. As names were placed on the once-blank covers, a sense of shared excitement

enveloped this community of curious writers.


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