How I start writing, Jordan Stephens

Jordan Stephens is a writer and performer best known for being one half of pop duo Rizzle Kicks. He is also a member of the Amnesty Collective.


Your Moment, Inja

Read 'Your Moment'

Inja is a poet, lyricist and storyteller.

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The Poets Will Be Heard

Watch BBC Radio 1Xtras The Poets Will Be Heard to hear other poets explain why they write. 

Try other ways to start writing

  • Pick a topic. Identify one word for that topic. Challenge yourself to write non-stop for three minutes starting with the one word you have chosen. Write non-stop and write the first thing that comes into your head. Don’t worry about structure, rhyme, spelling or grammar. Afterwards, read through your writing, are there any words or phrases you could use to start your writing? 
  • Pick a topic. Write down negative words or phrases that make you feel angry and frustrated about that topic. Write down positive words that make you feel proud and hopeful about that topic. Select four negative words and four positive words to use as a basis for a poem about change.  

Challenge yourself to Make a Difference in a Minute by writing a poem that you can perform in one minute or less.

We would love to receive your written poems and performances responding to our current Words That Burn theme: Power.

You can submit a poem in written form or as an audio or video clip that is one-minute or less. A selection of poems will be chosen for showcase on our website. We will let you know if a poem is chosen.

You can also watch our featured poets: