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New Writing South
We're here for anyone who loves to write
Celebrating Our Stories
Older LGBTQ people share their stories for festival of verbatim theatre
Permission to write
Dean Atta's thoughts for National Writing Day
Creative Writing Programmme
Advanced courses in creative writing, autobiography and poetry
Now You See Me
New book by Jane Traies reveals hidden lives of lesbians in the UK

Whether you’re a published writer or just taking your tentative first steps, New Writing South is here to support you

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Writers’ Day on Saturday 30 March – Programme Announced

Are you an emerging writer? Do you need practical, tried and tested advice on the realities of building a writing career?
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Free Workshops for under-represented writers at The Writers’ Place

Would you like to explore new approaches to writing in a safe, supportive and fun environment?
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The Power of Theme: City Reads 2019

On Tuesday 30 April at 7.30pm at Waterstones join three writers as they discuss their approach to handling big themes in their work.
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Creative Writing Programme

We offer some of the best quality training you’ll find to take your writing to the next level. We are the home of the Creative Writing Programme, one of the leading writing courses in southeast England. Enrolment for courses starting in October 2019 will open in Spring 2019.

Advanced Writing Workshops

1 October 2018 - 1 July 2020
Brighton and Hastings

A monthly group for advanced writers
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Creative Writing Programme

1 October 2019 - 1 June 2021
Brighton and Hastings

Our flagship two-year course will give you the tools and the space you need to help you complete your creative writing project
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Autobiography & Life Writing Programme

1 October 2019 - 1 June 2021

A two-year course covering approaches to life writing, memory, imagination, authenticity and structured workshops
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Check out our programme of events at The Writers’ Place in Brighton and around the region. See all events

Free Creative Writing Workshops – Crawley

23 February 2019 - 15 June 2019
Crawley Library, West Sussex

Experiment with creative writing in a safe, supportive and fun environment
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Create a Library in a Day

23 February 2019
Fabrica, Brighton

Brighton writers and artists are being challenged to work together to create a library of unique books in a single day. Up to 60 writers and artists will take part in this collaborative project. The theme of the library is secret until the day, when participants will be randomly put into teams of three: two […]
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Pier Poets

1 March 2019
The Writers' Place, Brighton

Our open mic poetry nights at The Writers' Place in Brighton. Sign-up on the door - five minute slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis
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Be part of a community

Writing can be a lonely business. Join our lively community of writers and find the support,  guidance and training you need. 


Services for Writers

We offer awards and bursaries; a script reading service; coaching and mentoring; meet-ups; and other ways to create the space you need to write.

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TLC Free Reads

Writers on low incomes can get access to a professional critique from the UK’s leading literary agency, The Literary Consultancy – an invaluable opportunity in your creative journey

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Become a NWS Friend

You’ll not only become part of our vibrant community of writers, but you’ll be supporting us to develop writers’ careers and enable fresh, diverse talent to flourish

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Latest opportunities

We regularly post news of awards, competitions, workshops and retreats offered by organisations from around the region. See all opportunities

Spotlight Books

Application Deadline:
24 February 2019 11:59 pm

Creative Future, New Writing South and Myriad Editions are seeking the best poets and fiction writers from under-represented backgrounds
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Writer in Residence at Preston Park Recovery Centre

Application Deadline:
27 February 2019 11:59 pm

Unique development opportunity for a talented, emerging under-represented writer, who is interested in working with vulnerable adults and/or in a social care setting.
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Writer in Residence: The D-Day Story

Application Deadline:
27 February 2019 11:59 pm

The D-Day Story, Portsmouth’s newest museum, is seeking a Writer in Residence to tell the story of Gustav the Pigeon. The story will be published as an illustrated children’s book aimed at six to eight year olds. The museum uses the personal accounts of people who were there, authentic Second World War objects and stunning […]
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