A CREATIVE writing project is proving a big hit with local youngsters.
A new writing squad for writers aged between 12 and 15 years old has recently launched at Plymstock Library.
The Young Writers Squad is being led by award-winning writer Babs Horton.
She is helping the youngsters explore how to power up imagination, get the creative juices flowing and giving them tips on how to put pen to paper.
Joy Dixon, assistant librarian, said: "We have around 15 young people in the group who are working with Babs as part of the creative writing group.
"They have previously worked on a piece of poetry and are now looking at creating a piece of prose.
"Everyone really seems to be enjoying the project and we have some very, very keen young people in the group.
"They are now starting to become more forthcoming with their ideas and are sharing them with each other.
"Some of the writers even feel confident enough now to their pieces aloud with the rest of the group.
"Babs recently did a lot of work with the group on smells and how they instigate memories and allow you to reminisce.
"That's how Babs works. She brought in little pots with various smelling items in like cinnamon, party poppers, brown sauce and polish.
"It's the first time we've run a project like this and it has been really well attended but there are spaces still available for anyone who wants to join.
"The aim of the group is to promote and instil confidence in creative writing. We are currently in the process of setting up an online blog where we can showcase their work and we also hope to produce an anthology at the end of the course."
The Young Writer Squad Network is a project of Literature Works (formerly Cyprus Well), the South West literature development agency, and is part of the Read/Write project funded by Big Lottery.
The raises funds for reading and writing activity and has funded several writers' residences across the South West.
Babs has taught in many Plymouth secondary schools.
Her first book, A Jarful of Angels, won an award.
Dandelion Soup was published in 2004, Wildcat Moon in 2006 and her new novel, Recipes for Cherubs, is out now.