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Online creative writing workshops for mothers of young children in Crawley.
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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

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Writing opportunity: new digital trail in Hastings

Do you live or work in Hastings or have a connection with the Trinity Triangle area? Would you like your writing to be part of an interactive digital trail in Hastings?
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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

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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Writing opportunity: new digital trail in Hastings

Application Deadline:
17 June 2021 10:00 pm

Do you live or work in Hastings or have a connection with the Trinity Triangle area? Would you like your writing to be part of an interactive digital trail in Hastings? New Writing South is looking for ten writers, of all abilities and experience, to take part in writing fiction, life writing and poetry. A combination of short stories, short […]
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Sussex writers wanted for a 24 hour charity challenge

Application Deadline:
23 June 2021 12:00 am

This is the big idea: 24 local writers. 24 hours. One novel. This literary project is pretty much what it says on the tin, 24 writers are gathered together to create a work of fiction of around 75,000 words and it will all be planned and written within 24 hours. The result of this will […]
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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.