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New Writing South
We're here for anyone who loves to write
Writing around the Kids
Online creative writing workshops for mothers of young children in Crawley.
The Coast is Queer ONLINE
Catch up with the online festival
Writers' Week
Join us online for a week of tailored activity focused on the needs of writers, whatever stage they are at.
NWS Short Courses
Are you interested in writing memoir?
Celebrating the stories of older LGBTQ+ people

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

News & Features

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Writers’ Week – 16 – 22 October 2021

Join New Writing South online for our Writers’ Week 2021. Join us online for our first New Writing South Writers’ Week in October 2021 for a week of tailored activity focussed on the needs of writers, whatever stage they are at.  Featuring Stella Duffy, Beth Miller, Amer Anwar, Yvvette Edwards and Louise Tondeur, expect practical and inspiring […]
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Organise Your Writing Life

Welcome to the second blog in our new craft of writing blog series! We’ve commissioned novelist, poet and short story writer Louise Tondeur to share her top tips and writing advice. Here you can read the second in this series, full of advice, exercises and resources for organising your writing life – from developing your […]
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Hastings Literary Festival 2021 Free Places available

New Writing South is delighted to be partnering with Hastings Literary Festival once again this year as both a supporter and a sponsor. As part of our support, we are offering free tickets to selected events at Hastings Literary Festival for those on low incomes.  There are 5 free tickets available for each of the following events: […]
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Support for writers

Find out how we can support you via personal mentoring, 1–1 Writers’ Surgeries, and manuscript reads. Due to the impact of Covid-19, sessions will take place via Zoom, email or other online platform.



A personal mentor offers expertise and experience to emerging writers looking to take their work to a higher level or during a time of growth in your career. One of our team will work with you to help you find exactly the right mentor for you and you will be fully supported by New Writing South throughout.

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1–1 Writers’ Surgeries

Our 1 – 1 Writers’ Surgeries are a professional development service that helps you to look at where you are, define your goals, and plan a route to fulfilling them. It’s like a 1 – 1 sat nav for writers. We are able to offer 1 – 1 Writers’ Surgeries at a greatly reduced cost during the coronavirus lockdown period.

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Script Reads

Writers normally only get one shot at attracting the attention of a company or producer, so it’s essential that your script is as good as it can possibly be. Our competitive script reading service provides an opportunity to get professional and objective feedback on your script prior to sending it out into the world.

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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

Royal Literary Fund – Professional Writer’s Grants

Application Deadline:
30 September 2021 12:00 am

The Royal Literary are offering grants and financial support to writers in financial need. Writers who have had 2 works published (or scripts/ plays performed) commercially are eligible to apply.   From the RLF’s website: Sometimes bad things happen to good writers. That’s why the Royal Literary Fund is here. From illness to bereavement, from […]
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The Scriptly Writing Challenge October

Application Deadline:
7 October 2021 12:00 am

The Literal Challenge are running The Scriptly Writing Challenge – a scriptwriting challenge in October.   From The Literal Challenge website: Do you write for the big screen? The small phone? Or anything in-between? Join us for our screenwriting challenge and write 14 short scripts in as many days. Never written a screenplay before? Fear […]
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The Sussex Poetry Student Competition

Application Deadline:
24 October 2021 12:00 am

The Sussex Poetry Student Competition is open to submissions. Entry is open to anyone with close links to Sussex (eg lived, worked, or born there) who is currently studying a course. Proof of study will be required. First prize receives £150. Two prizes of £25 for poems considered highly commended by the judge. Cash prizes are […]
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Catch up on High Street Tales

High Street Tales – Stories Capturing the Everyday Magic of High Streets

From hidden histories to local urban legends, eight contemporary writers across England have worked with their local communities to explore the everyday magic of high streets.

Seven new short stories, or ‘High Street Tales’, are available as an ebook. The eight writers have also narrated their stories for a ‘High Street Tales’ podcast series. Download the eBook from the Historic England website and listen to the podcast beneath.