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Young Ambassador

Sophie Brown from Fakenham Sixth Form joined the Writers Centre Norwich team as a Young Ambassador in 2016.  Below, she recounts her first session with the team and how the experience has helped shape her independence.

 

I didn’t know what to expect when I first went to Dragon Hall, but it’s safe to say I wasn’t expecting to be faced with a beautiful Medieval hall full of young like-minded writers.  I can’t remember how many pairs of eyes looked around the room in wonder, eagerly taking pictures of the high ceilings and waiting with anticipation and—at least in my case—dread.

 

I hadn’t done many out of school activities before, except a science camp (as a writer you can imagine how that went), so becoming a Young Ambassador was a shock to the system.  A good shock, a really good shock.  For once I was surrounded by teenagers who wanted to be creative and use words with care—instead of throwing them around pointlessly.

 

I was expecting a nice warm-up activity with an obligatory “Hi, I’m Sophie and I love writing” introduction to the group.  But alas, they threw us in at the deep end:  a two minute talk on our favourite or least favourite book/film.  To this day, I can remember the atrocious yet heartfelt talk on my opinions of Twilight, it is still a highlight of my time at Writers’ Centre Norwich.  It may sound like an easy task but to a group of teens it is a life or death situation; your reputation and people’s first opinion of you are at stake.  Luckily for me, I got a few laughs and a round of applause at the end. 

 

I think this activity set the stage of my time as a Young Ambassador as I continue to challenge myself with everything that I do.  From judging a creative writing competition and organising events to writing reviews and promoting competitions, every task has been a first for me.  It has expanded my writing ability; allowed me to work with other talented young writers; given me opportunities and I have enjoyed every single bit of it.

 

Most importantly, the people of Writers’ Centre Norwich have been so welcoming and kind throughout, offering so many amazing activities to all.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Young Ambassador and I encourage any creative young adult to apply next year.  This is one whole host of opportunity you cannot afford to miss.

Sophie Brown, Year 12 student