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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
HEAR US OUT IS BACK
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

Read about our latest activities and events. Sign up to our monthly newsletter to get our latest news direct to your inbox

We’re hiring! Could you be our Trainee Creative Producer?

Are you looking to kick-start a career in the arts? If you already have two – five years of working experience then this could be the role for you. New Writing South is looking for a new full-time team member to join the organisation for a year-long contract, as part of the Weston Jerwood Creative […]
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‘Borrowed Ground’ podcast released today

New Writing South is celebrating the release of Robin Pridy’s podcast for Historic England, following the publication of the free to download eBook High Street Tales. 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 in Great Yarmouth, Hastings, Leicester, North Shields, Weston-super-Mare, […]
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Call-out for Hear Us Out 2021 activities

Hear Us Out is a participatory arts project run by New Writing South celebrating older LGBTQ+ people’s stories. Since its inception in 2018, Hear Us Out has worked with a community collective of LGBTQ+ volunteers to collect the funny, touching and celebratory real-life stories of older LGBTQ+ people across the South East of England. Working with a company of local […]
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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.

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Mentoring

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. 

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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

Writing East Midlands – THE WRITERS’ CONFERENCE 2021

8 April 2021 - 11 April 2021

THE WRITERS’ CONFERENCE 2021 4 DAYS – FULLY ONLINE Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th April Writing East Midlands in partnership with University of Lincoln EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW ON SALE £70 (£65 concessions) until Monday 15th February The Writers’ Conference is back in April 2021, offering writers all over the country access to leading professionals […]
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A Writing Chance – Fresh Stories from Under-represented Voices

Application Deadline:
26 March 2021 6:00 pm

A Writing Chance is open to new and aspiring storytellers from under-represented backgrounds. We’re looking for fresh perspectives and great stories from people whose voices have historically not been heard in publishing and the media.  This UK-wide project is co-funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and supported by media partners New Statesman and Daily Mirror. […]
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Annual Creative Future Writers’ Awards 2021 open for entries from underrepresented writers

Application Deadline:
6 June 2021 12:00 am

The UK’s only national competition for ALL underrepresented writers is now open and features over £10,000 in cash and writer development prizes. The award is open to all writers whose stories are underrepresented in mainstream publishing including those with mental health issues, physical/learning disabilities, neurodiversity, Black writers, LGBTQIA+ writers, as well as writers from working class […]
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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.