The Anon Writers 

Are you aged 16–25 and interested in creative writing? Join Independent Arts' weekly creative writing group and get to grips with blogging, poetry, micro- and flash-fiction, performing your work, planning a novel, getting published and pitching your work to magazines.

Creative Writers meet every Saturday in Newport, 10.00am – 12 noon at Starbucks, St James Street. Newcomers welcome! Final session on this day and time is Saturday 13th May.

New venue and day from 22nd May

From Monday 22nd May Creative Writers will meet at Quay Arts in Newport from 5–7pm. Newcomers welcome!

For more information, please contact us.


Our Creative Writers project gives budding writers aged 16–25 years the opportunity to gain advice, support and feedback on their work under the direction of Amy Mackelden, a writer and blogger who has written for Heat magazine, and websites like Hello Giggles and Bustle. The group has chosen to call itself The Anon Writers.

Originally funded by Arts Council England, the project began in February 2016, with young writers meeting every Saturday in Newport.

Writers are encouraged to contribute pieces to The Anon Writers blog, and the group's first collection, titled Anonthology, was launched at Waterstones in Newport on 24th September 2016.

What Young Writers say about this project…

"The showcase of our work at the book launch is an incredible example of just how much groups like this help young people to create amazing works that, without a fantastic platform to push work forward, may not have happened at all. I'm thankful for every second."

"It's kept me inspired and created a space to discuss ideas and write new things. It's given me the confidence and motivation to keep writing."

"I've grown as a writer, made friends and become more confident."

"I went into this group having written one review. I sit here now with a wealth of knowledge on a variety of written modes. Not only this, but my confidence has soared through this project. The opportunity to perform my work, see how it sound, edit and improve has helped both my personal and academic development."

The Anon Writers book launch

The Anon Writers book launch

Anonthology is a collection of work by The Anon Writers, a young writers group launched by Independent Arts and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Since starting in February 2016 the Young Writers workshops have given budding writers aged 16–25 the opportunity to gain advice, support and feedback on their work. Comprising of bloggers, poets, musicians, journalists and future novelists, the Anon Writers have explored poetry, flash-fiction, non-fiction, the future and pop culture and are proud to present their first collection of work.

Independent Arts welcomed members of the public to the official book launch of Anonthology at Waterstones, Newport, on 24th September, to celebrate the talent of local young writers and hear spoken word performances.

Above at the launch: Creative writing tutor Amy Mackelden (left) and Independent Arts' project Manager Jessica Paine (right) with young writers whose work features in the book. Back row: Noah McAllister, Crystal Prince, David Jowitt, Ben Homes, Andrew Butcher. Front row: Eloise Preston, Sophie Downton, Jessie Mansell, Hannah Sothcott, Lorna Brownsword, Anastasia Wolfe. More photos of the event below.

Get it while stocks last!

You can snap up a copy of Anonthology at Isle of Wight Traders, Holyrood Street, Newport, priced £8.00.

Alternatively you can order from us online for delivery by post for £10.00 per copy, which includes P&P to a UK address, by using the payment button below.

By buying Anonthology you are helping to support Independent Arts' Creative Writers project.

Anonthology: where to buy

The Anonthology book launch

The Anonthology book launch

The Anon Writers working on their first collection

The Anon Writers

Creative Writing challenge

Children aged 7– 11 are welcome to join in our creative writing challenge at libraries around the island during June and July!

Explore magical realms, mythical creatures and Minecraft adventures in our creative writing workshops.

Sessions are free to attend and materials are supplied.

Creative Writing Challenge


We're delighted that, thanks to a grant from WightAID, Independent Arts' Creative Writers project is continuing in 2017. See left.

Wight Aid

Read the blog

Check out the latest work by our creative young writers in their blog.


The Anon Writers in the News!

In the run-up to the launch of their first book in September 2016, our young writers were featured on local news. Links below:

Isle of Wight Radio, 21st September 2016

Vectis Radio interview, September 2016.

Project Evaluation

Read the report and evaluation for the Young Writers 2016 project here.

Young Writers evaluation

What Young Writers say

What Young Writers say

Anonthology book launch poster

The Anon Writers


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