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New Writing South
We're here for anyone who loves to write
WRITERS' DAY: 2 MAY
Join us in Brighton for a relaxed, conference-style day of informative industry sessions for emerging writers.
The Creative Writing Programmme
Courses in creative writing, creative non-fiction, dramatic writing, and poetry
Join NWS Friends
You’ll become part of our vibrant community of writers and you’ll be supporting us to nurture diverse talent across the region
Celebrating Our Stories: Hear Us Out
Get involved in this festival of verbatim theatre

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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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATE

With regret, due to concern relating to COVID-19, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel or postpone New Writing South events in March, April and May 2020. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have booked a place to a workshop, masterclass or course, we will have been in touch by […]
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The New Writing South Statement with Kit de Waal – Brighton Festival, 17 May 2020

We are delighted to welcome writer, activist and Common People editor Kit De Waal to deliver the New Writing South 2020 Statement on democracy and the literary landscape at the Brighton Festival on 17 May, 2020. Kit de Waal was born in Birmingham to an Irish mother and Caribbean father. She worked for fifteen years in criminal and family law, […]
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New Writing South Writers’ Day: Tickets On Sale Now

Join us in Brighton for a relaxed, conference-style day of informative industry sessions for emerging writers, hosted by New Writing South. Panel discussions, Q&A sessions and one to ones with writers, agents, publishers and other experts – the perfect opportunity to ask your burning questions and grow your writing support network.  Tickets are for the […]
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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 will look at a range of poetic techniques such as compression, imagery, texture, line breaks, traditional forms, rhyme and metre. Throughout the course we will consider the value of poetry in the contemporary world and our relationships with it.
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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 – 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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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 – POSTPONED

1 April 2019 - 2 June 2019

Application Deadline:
3 April 2020 12:00 am

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. Submissions are now open. Deadline for submissions: Friday 3 April 2020 at midnight
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Theatre Royal Brighton Young Playwrights

25 January 2020 - 3 May 2020

Theatre Royal Brighton Young Playwrights is an annual course for 16 - 25 year old aspiring playwrights
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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

WRITER IN RESIDENCE OPPORTUNITY AT JOHN HANSARD GALLERY

Application Deadline:
31 March 2020 12:00 am

ArtfulScribe, in partnership with John Hansard Gallery, is pleased to announce a new Writer in Residence opportunity to expand the gallery’s existing work around voice, spoken word and literature development.
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New Writing South Best New Play Award 2020

Application Deadline:
3 April 2020 11:59 pm

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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Bristol Short Story Prize 2020

Application Deadline:
30 April 2020 12:00 am

The 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries. The competition is open to all writers around the world whether published or unpublished, UK or non-UK based. 
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