Writers Squads


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Writer Squads are New Writing South’s flagship project to support the development of young writers across the south-east.

I’m going to use my new skills to succeed in my writing qualifications and hopefully boost my chances at a job in fashion journalism.

Ellie- 15, Portsmouth Squad.

We currently have four in the region- and they take place at partnership venues: Quay Arts Centre, Isle of Wight; The Story Museum, Oxford; Towner Gallery, Eastbourne and The Writers’ Place, Brighton.

“A place where anybody can be anybody and we care about what other people think”
Squad Member, Rye

Squads are open to enthusiastic young writers aged 13- 17, and are a brilliant opportunity to develop new skills and meet other young writers.  By exploring a range of creative writing, from poetry to playwriting and lyrics to flash fiction, the Squads introduce young writers to a wide variety of writing styles whilst supporting the development of young writers in the region.

The Squads meet once a month on a Saturday, and are run by a professional writer, the 'Squad Leader', as well as having visits by exciting guest writers.

This isn’t like school, this isn’t like a writing group, if fact, this probably isn’t like anything you’ve been involved with before, because, you, as the young writers, lead the group!

‘An opportunity to explore yours and other people’s writing; an incredible experience I will never forget’
    Squad member, Portsmouth.

If you’re interested in a genre, you talk to the Squad Leader about it and they’ll cover it, or see if they can get a guest to come in. You discuss your work with the other writers, and even keep in touch with each other and the Squad Leader in between meetings through the JustWords website.

‘The best thing a young writer could go to’
Squad member, Berry.

Squads were initially funded by Arts Council England/Hastings Voluntary Action - Seedcorn Fund. The original four squads are now supported by three year funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Brighton squad is supported by Ernest Cooke.

New Writing South and The Story Museum are recruiting for our Oxford Writer Squad

Are you into flash fiction, short stories, playwriting, lyrics, rap, or poetry? If so, we would love to hear from you.

Run by performance poet, Paul Lyalls, squad members produce inspirational work, meet other young writers and gain valuable writing skills. Housed in The Story Museum’s inspiring and atmospheric building, the young writers will be immersed in a world of words and story, exploring all forms of creative writing.


We are not currently recruiting new squad members. However if you would like more information about our squads programme please contact lesley@newwritingsouth.com.

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