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​WrittenByMe 2014 Book Launched

Young writers who entered the WrittenByMe short story competition were among the first to see their names in print at a book launch to celebrate their achievements. Hosted at Mansfield Library the event bought together category winners, sponsors and judges to celebrate the achievement of the youngsters who took part.

Pictured – Front Row category winners Jacob Evans and Beth Shaw. Back row competition organisers and sponsors, Berni Dickinson (Mansfield Learning Partnership) Caroline Cox (Mansfield 2020 Ltd) Thomas Legandre (University of Nottingham) Kath Jephson (B Jephsons Mansfield Ltd) Glen Wood (Stopford Associates)

Category winners Jacob Evans and Beth Shaw answered questions about why they write, how they get their inspiration, and read extracts from their stories. Beth said, ‘I’ve never shared my writing with anyone other than my mum, it was really scary but great to get positive feedback.’

Jacob Evans, who also won his category in the 2013 competition said, ‘I really enjoy writing for fun, and this has been a great experience, I’ll definitely keep writing.’

The contest, open to students from Mansfield schools and Vision West Nottinghamshire College, saw young writers create a short fiction based story of 500 words or less.

The competition was created in partnership with Mansfield 2020, after board member Kath Jephson put the idea forward. Kath said, ‘The stories have just been fantastic and I’ve been really impressed. Hopefully this is something we can grow going forward and working with the Mansfield Learning Partnership we can find new ways to encourage local creative talent.’

Berni Dickinson, Director of the Mansfield Learning Partnership, said, ‘These youngsters are really inspiring, and it’s great to see young people excited about writing. Our winners have all been given the opportunity to work with the University of Nottingham to build their skills even further, so it’s great we can help nurture local creative talent.

Events like these really raise the aspirations of young people and we’re looking forward to holding the WrittenByMe competition again next year.’

The stories have been printed in a book by local print company Linney Group, and contains all of the entries to this year’s competition. To order a copy contact The Mansfield Learning Partnership is requesting a donation of £1 per book.

Author: Caroline Cox

Caroline is the Operations Director for Mansfield and Ashfield 2020. The most important part of this role is to listen, support and act! Through monthly focus groups we identify opportunities and challenge key bodies to provide a partnership approach to avoid duplication and monitor efforts to fulfill our philosophy which has always been firmly centered on our business community, growth and skills.

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