What if YOU spoke?

***Competition deadlines extended to Monday 31st January***

Take part in our free online writing and illustration masterclasses, from getting inspired to start your own comic to writing your first novel.

Just click on a video link at the bottom of the page to start. There are ten different masterclasses, and you can take part in one, a few, or all of them!

At the end of each masterclass, you have the option to submit a piece of your work online as a competition entry.

For each separate masterclass, one competition winner will receive:

  • The latest Apple iPad, with either a smart keyboard or Apple pencil *
  • Their work published in Pen to Print's magazine 'Write On', with a readership of over 55,000 users from 178 countries.
  • A second masterclass with the course leader for the competition they win
  • The chance to be part of a new cohort of writers receiving regular tuition and opportunities

You can watch the masterclasses whatever age you are, but to enter the competitions you must be aged 15-25 and a Devon resident. Here are the full terms and conditions.

The deadline for competition entries is now Monday 31st January at midnight (deadline extended from Friday 14th January).

* Apple pencil available for competition winners of the Comic's with Character and Draw Your Voice masterclasses

What if YOU Spoke? is led by Libraries Unlimited in partnership with Pen to Print, University of Exeter, Africa Writes & Literature Works as part of Exeter UNESCO City of Literature.

Journalism 101

Journalism 101

Writer, journalist and producer Ali May takes you through the basics, principles and ethics of journalism. Find out how you can apply them to your writing for news or features.
Writing Nature and Uncertainty

Writing Nature and Uncertainty

Writer Zakiya McKenzie discusses writing about the natural environment, and how you can develop and structure your nature writing.
Finding Your Inner Voice

Finding Your Inner Voice

Author, illustrator and poet Laura Dockrill shows you how to develop your own writing voice, and to find inspiration out of writer's block.
The Thread

The Thread

Writer, filmmaker and activist Ashish Ghadiali shows you how to develop the story teller in you. Find the thread that links you to your stories, whichever form of writing or art you work with.
Me? What Have I Got To Write About?

Me? What Have I Got To Write About?

Poet, novelist and playwright Steven Camden discusses how you to start, develop and shape the stories that you want to tell.
Starting Your First Novel

Starting Your First Novel

Writer and poet Derek Owusu takes you through the process of writing, and developing your ideas into your own novel.
What Next? Developing Your Stories Further

What Next? Developing Your Stories Further

Author Kirsty Logan discusses how to find what's unique to you, and how you can develop your stories and your writing voice.
Comics... with Character

Comics... with Character

Illustrator and writer Joff Winterhart shows you how to find inspiration, develop characters and storyboard your very own comic.
Draw Your Voice

Draw Your Voice

Visual artist Rudy Loewe creates comics, illustrations and paintings to engage people. See how you can create your own artwork about issues that are important to you.
Form in Poetry

Form in Poetry

Poet Deanna Rodger discusses form in different types of poetry. Find out how you can shape your poems to engage and surprise readers.