Buzzwords organised a diverse programme of free creative writing sessions throughout the Summer of 1998, aimed at grass roots writing, fledgling poets and those who were keen to explore story-making.

We’re working in partnership with lots of organisations across Teesside, and hope to reach untapped audiences and secret scribblers who want to share their writing and gain some confidence with their work.

said Buzzwords Worker Bob Beagrie.

The range of Startwrite sessions were designed to draw new writers together for mutual support, help them develop writer’s skills and introduce them to other outlets, writing events and activities that go on in our area.

The Summer Programme included:

In Sickness & In Health

at The Museum of Hartlepool

5 sessions exploring themes and issues around wellbeing, illness, ailments, remedies and recovery. The sessions were supported by an exhibition on the history of the N.H.S.

Buzzwords & Thornaby Reading Town

Family Storymaking Workshops with Words & Pictures at Thornaby Central Library. Open the doors of your imagination and explore the fantastic worlds of your own make-believe.

Horror Writing Workshop Special

at Village Arts, Water Lane, Loftus.

A chance to bring along blood chilling tales and take a closer look at the modern craft and its long tradition of horror, dark fantasy and the dance macabre.

A New Leaf For The Year of Reading

A 15-week course at Stockton & Billingham College of F.E., The Causeway, Billingham.
The course covered three areas of writing:

  • Creative wordplay and the process of writing.
  • Secrets of the short story.
  • Aspects of modern poetry.

Supported by the National Lottery A4E, Marks & Spencer, Northern Arts, Hartlepool Borough Council, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Thornaby Reading Town.


Borough Council Funders and Northern Arts