Lyric Masters

Barbican workshop - Young Writers: Poetry

Lyric Masters uses songwriting to encourage secondary school students to write for pleasure and purpose.

About the programme

A young person who enjoys writing is eight times less likely to be below the expected level for writing attainment than their peers who don’t enjoy writing.

Through taking part in Lyric Masters, students will explore the art of songwriting and learn how to write their own songs, working with a professional songwriter. 

Lyric Masters uses the power of music and songwriting to motivate students to write more frequently and write for pleasure. It also encourages them to express themselves more freely and creatively, finding meaning and purpose in the work they are producing. 


Schools taking part in the project receive:

  • National Literacy Trust writing for enjoyment CPD
  • A two-hour school workshop with a professional songwriter
  • Classroom resources
  • A celebratory event where students can perform their songs

Lyric Masters is a pilot programme which is only being run with selected schools this academic year. If you'd like to stay updated about National Literacy Trust programmes and resources, sign up for our newsletter.

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