Wednesday, 27 June 2012

The Wicked Young Writers’ Award, established by the long-running West End musical Wicked, today presents its free Wicked Young Writers Assembly featuring Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse

The unique creative writing resource for schools is designed to motivate and inspire original ideas for writing within the classroom. The videos show Michael Morpurgo discussing his creative process, an exclusive talk with Wicked cast members Rachel Tucker and Chloe Taylor, plus an exclusive reading of Outlaw: The Story of Robin Hood (Harper Collins Children’s Books) by Michael Morpurgo.

Teachers can download or stream the Assembly online at:

Michael Morpurgo says of the Wicked Young Writers’ Award: “With the encouragement of their teachers and families I hope the excitement of the Wicked Young Writers’ Award will see original and creative writing coming through and hopefully instill in them a passion to become the authors, script writers, poets and dramatists of the future."

The webcasts are accompanied by a bespoke curriculum-linked creative writing resource developed in association with the National Literacy Trust. The downloadable frameworks explore the writing process and suggest possible themes and approaches support teachers in bringing together a variety of work on narrative with the view of entering pupils’ pieces of writing for the award.

Now in its third year, the “prestigious award” (The Times) recognises excellence in writing, encourages creativity, and helps develop writing talent in young people between 5-25 years old nationwide. The Award is spearheaded by Michael Morpurgo, receives patronage from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and works in partnership with the National Literacy Trust.

This year's Wicked Young Writers’ Award is currently accepting entries and the closing date s Tuesday 31st July 2012. Schools and individuals can download entry forms and find tips on entering the Wicked Young Writers’ Award at

The Wicked Young Writers’ Award is separated into five age categories as follows: 5-7, 8-10, 11-14 and 15-17, and an individual Gregory Maguire Award for 18-25 year-olds.  Young people from across the UK and Northern Ireland are free to submit entries to enter a piece of writing on a theme or subject of their choice, written at home or at school.  Teachers are encouraged to enter writing on behalf of pupils through a schools’ entry form and online Teachers’ Resource featuring exclusive video tips for inspiring and encouraging writing in the classroom. 

Through its For Good programme, Wicked champions and supports a range of causes borne out of the themes of the musical: Teach The Difference, a partnership with St John Ambulance, draws on the values of lead character Elphaba to produce a uniquely engaging way of teaching first aid in the classroom; Wicked Day, an annual free afternoon of family fun, celebrates the show to raise environmental awareness in support of The Woodland Trust’s “More Trees, More Good” campaign; spearheaded by Michael Morpurgo with patronage from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, the yearly Wicked Young Writers’ Award encourages creativity to develop writing talent and literacy in young people nationwide. Wicked is also proud to be an official partner of The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying, and the charity Mousetrap Theatre Projects, with whom the show has worked over the past 5 years to enable thousands of under privileged and special needs children to experience the show.

For further information on this competition and the For Good programme, please visit

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