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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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Celebrating our 2019

It’s been quite the year for New Writing South’s Celebrating our Stories project. Led by Artistic Director Dinos Aristidou and supported by Arts Council England and The Baring Foundation’s Celebrating Age initiative, we have been collecting the stories of older LGBTQ+ people throughout 2019 to turn into a brand new verbatim theatre festival Hear Us Out in 2020.
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OUR YEAR IN REVIEW!

As the end of the decade approaches and we roll into the 2020s, we’re looking back at a big year of development for New Writing South. There’s a great deal of new writing to be proud of, and so many writers to be excited by. Ten of our highlights are beneath! 1. Writers’ Days  With […]
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Call for performers – Celebrating our Stories: Hear us Out

Looking for LGBTQ+ community performers - any age and no previous experience required!
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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 is now open for courses starting in Autumn 2019.

Creative Writing – Brighton (Year 1)

30 September 2019 - 24 May 2020
The Writers' Place, Brighton

This course is fully booked for 2019/20. Enrolments for 2020/21 will be open in May 2020
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Creative Writing – Brighton (Year 2)

30 September 2019 - 24 May 2020
The Writers' Place, Brighton

This course is fully booked for 2019/20. Enrolments for 2020/21 will be open in May 2020
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Creative Writing – Hastings (Year 2)

30 September 2019 - 24 May 2020
Sussex Coast College, Hastings

This course is fully booked for 2019/20. Enrolments for 2020/21 will be open in May 2020
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Events

Check out our programme of events at The Writers’ Place in Brighton and around the region. See all events

Celebrating Our Stories

1 October 2018 - 31 October 2020

Celebrating Our Stories is a multi-artform project will gather personal testimonies from LGBTQ+ older people from across southeast England to create a festival of verbatim theatre for 2020.
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New Writing South Best New Play Award

1 April 2019 - 2 June 2019

New Writing South, in partnership with Brighton Fringe, runs the Best New Play Award. This award is presented to a playwright in recognition of an outstanding, original theatre script produced at Brighton Fringe.
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The Coast is Queer

12 September 2019 - 15 September 2019
The Spire, Brighton

The Coast Is Queer - a radical new festival featuring some of the best LGBTQ+ literature.
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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. 

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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

James Tait Black Prize for Drama

Application Deadline:
31 January 2019 12:00 am

Submissions are now open for the James Tait Black Prize for Drama. The £10,000 award is given to a new play - produced from 1 January - 31 December 2019 - that displays an original voice in theatre and has made a significant and unique contribution to the art form.
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Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award For New Drama Writing

Application Deadline:
5 March 2019 12:00 am

Amateur playwrights world-wide are invited to submit unpublished one-act plays for The Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award.
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The London Library – Emerging Writers Programme Open for Submissions

Application Deadline:
19 February 2020 12:00 am

The London Library is proud to announce the second year of our Emerging Writers Programme, a unique opportunity which offers writers, in all genres, one year’s free membership of The London Library. Geared towards supporting writers at the start of their careers, the Programme includes writing development masterclasses, literary networking opportunities, peer support and guidance […]
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