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A few questions with author Daisy Pearce

As we prepare to open up the TLC Free Read submission window in October we’re catching up with some of the writers who have been awarded a Free Read in the past. Daisy Pearce originally received a TLC Free Reads bursary through New Writing South back in 2016 for her manuscript, then titled Gaslights. Fast […]
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Farewell to our home in North Laine…

Dear friends, Last week we made the difficult decision to vacate our offices in Jew Street and seek new premises in Brighton.  We have loved being in the heart of North Laine but it is clear, in the context of Coronavirus and social distancing, that the space currently used for The Writers’ Place is no […]
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Apply to be part of The Writers’ Place Poets development programme 2020

Deadline extended to 27 July 2020! Apply for this development programme aimed at poets living or working in southeast England.
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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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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.

Writing Poetry – Brighton

25 September 2020 - 28 May 2021
The Writers' Place, Brighton

This course is now sold out. To join a waiting list please email cwp@newwritingsouth.com
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Creative Writing Programme – Brighton

28 September 2020 - 24 May 2021
The Writers' Place, Brighton

The Creative Writing Programme has been carefully designed to develop your understanding of the craft of writing, to provide you with the support and structure you need to push your skills to another level and to complete a planned writing project.
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Creative Writing Programme – Brighton (Year 2)

28 September 2020 - 24 May 2021
The Writers' Place, Brighton

In the second year the focus will shift from short scenes to longer narratives: you will develop your understanding of plot, story structure and the ‘world of the story’; explore the complex relationship between characters, narrators and readers; discover the importance of theme, conflict and dramatic tension and gain further insights into language, technique and style.
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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

The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2020/21

Application Deadline:
30 September 2020 12:00 am

The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2020/21 is now open to submissions. Opening date: 3 July 2020 (midday). Closing date: 30 September 2020 (midnight). First prize: £2000 · Shortlist: £200 · Longlist: £50 book vouchers, plus a subscription to Galley Beggar Press. Find out more and enter: https://www.galleybeggar.co.uk/prize/
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Covert: call for submissions

Application Deadline:
30 September 2020 12:00 am

The first edition of covert. will open for submissions on 1 July 2020 and invites writers of colour to send through original fiction, poetry and art work for this first edition. The theme for the inaugural magazine is Sussex Fortuneteller: What do writers see in the future?  Covert. invites writers and artists to imagine what the future […]
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Bath Flash Fiction Award

Application Deadline:
11 October 2020 12:00 am

Bath Flash Fiction Award hosts two international flash fiction writing competitions; the Bath Flash Fiction Award, and the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award. Entrants have the opportunity to appear in their print and digital books. In addition to the two competitions, Bath Flash Fiction Award organise the UK’s annual Flash Fiction Festival. The flash competition runs three times […]
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Writer in Residence, Izabela Morska

In September 2019 we were delighted to welcome Izabela Morska, one of Poland’s leading literary voices, as New Writing South’s first International Writer in Residence, supported by the British Council and in partnership with West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.