Literacy - Young Writers Course

Annual Young Writers Course

The Rotary Club of Pwllheli has grasped the opportunity given by District 1180 to participate in the course for young writers which has been arranged by the District at the Welsh National Writing Centre. The course is aimed at young people aged around 16 in the District's area. The centre is situated at Llanystumdwy near Criccieth, Gwynedd in a magnificent house, Tŷ Newydd, once occupied by David Lloyd George, the Prime Minister of the UK at the time of the first world war and 4 years after, 1916-22.

Ty Newydd, The Welsh National Writing Centre

Ty Newydd, The Welsh National Writing Centre

Tŷ Newydd, The Welsh National Writing Centre

The courses are residential for one week with around 16 students and 2 tutors.

Pwllheli Rotary Club invites local secondary schools to submit candidates for the course and it was agreed to sponsor pupils from Glan y Môr school, Pwllheli,  Botwnnog school and Coleg Meirion Dwyfor,Pwllheli.

Our three children joined others from the District including children from Merseyside and The Wirral as well as other parts of North Wales and the course is always a resounding success. A number of Rotarians are able to attend on the last day of the course and the students presented some of their work and joined the Rotary group for lunch. The students benefit  from the literacy aspects but also culturally and socially as well with students coming together from very diverse areas of the UK.

The tutors discuss the student's work

The tutors discuss the student's work with members of Rotary present at the 2009 course.

A few weeks later, the students who had been sponsored by Pwllheli Rotary will return to give a presentation to members. Last year members were extremely impressed by the ability, enthusiasm and confidence of the students. The students assured members that they would act as ambassadors to encourage pupils from their following year to grasp the opportunity offered by Pwllheli Rotary when similar courses are offered in the future

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Some of our students working at the 2010 course.