YOUNG writers from Warwickshire are being sought to get involved in a project to help them hone their skills.

Writing West Midlands is currently looking for 25 young people aged between 12 and 16 who have a passion for creative writing to join the Page Talk Collective.

Working with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Writing West Midlands will be running three creative writing festivals in 2014 to further engage and develop young people's writing skills.

The first, Page Talk: Life as We Know It, is hosted by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The young people involved will work with established writers from the UK to engage with a collection of weekly half-day writing workshops to produce creative literature responding to the theme of happiness that will be showcased at an event on June 8.

Participation in the project is completely free and anyone who has a passion for creative writing from poetry to short stories and journalism can join in.

Young writers must be free to take part in the workshops from 11am to 3pm each Saturday in May and free for the day of the festival on Sunday, June 8 from 11am - 6pm.

Those who want to take part can send an email via parent or guardian to The deadline is Monday, April 21 at 5pm.