Welcome to
New Writing South
We're here for anyone who loves to write
Dr Katy Massey
How one writer responds to the challenges and realities of being a writer in today’s changing world.
Identifying as a Writer
How to succeed as an under-represented writer
Writers' Day 2019
Are you an emerging writer? Do you need practical, tried and tested advice on the realities of building a writing career?
Celebrating Our Stories
Older LGBTQ people share their stories for festival of verbatim theatre
The Writers' Place Poets 2019
Dean Atta leads our development programme for poets
Creative Writing Programmme
Advanced courses in creative writing, autobiography and poetry

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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New Writing South launches new summer programme of activities March – July 2019

This month’s key event, The Writers’ Day 2019, is the first of many opportunities for south east writers in this new packed programme of activities.  Over the spring and summer you will find a range of live events, workshops, masterclasses and retreats that respond to the diverse needs of writers living in the south east. […]
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New Writing South Best New Play Award 2019

New Writing South, in partnership with Brighton Fringe, is running the Best New Play Award 2019. This award is presented to a playwright in recognition of an outstanding, original theatre script produced at Brighton Fringe. The criteria for entering is: An original scripted piece of work Written within the last 12 months Maximum of 10 […]
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Writers’ Day on Saturday 30 March – Programme Announced

Are you an emerging writer? Do you need practical, tried and tested advice on the realities of building a writing career?
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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 for courses starting in October 2019 will open in Spring 2019.

Advanced Writing Workshops

1 October 2018 - 1 July 2020
Brighton and Hastings

A monthly group for advanced writers
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Advanced Poetry Workshops

1 October 2019 - 1 June 2020

A one-year course for experienced poets looking to explore their professional practice and writing technique
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Writing Poetry

1 October 2019 - 1 April 2020

Investigate a range of poetic techniques in weekly sessions over six months
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Check out our programme of events at The Writers’ Place in Brighton and around the region. See all events

Free Creative Writing Workshops – Crawley

23 February 2019 - 15 June 2019
Crawley Library, West Sussex

Experiment with creative writing in a safe, supportive and fun environment
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Free Creative Writing Workshops – Hastings

2 March 2019 - 6 April 2019
Hastings Library, West Sussex

Experiment with creative writing in a safe, supportive and fun environment
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Free Workshops for Under-represented Writers

6 March 2019 - 15 May 2019
The Writers' Place, Brighton

Are you an under-represented writer? Would you like to explore new approaches to writing in a safe, supportive and fun environment?
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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

South Downs Poetry Festival Competition 2019

Application Deadline:
29 March 2019 11:59 pm

Binsted Arts and the South Downs Poetry Festival invite original, unpublished poems on any theme for: The Binsted Prize judged by James Simpson.
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Open submission for un-agented BAME writers

Application Deadline:
31 March 2019 12:00 am

The Borough Press has teamed up with The Good Literary Agency to open submissions for un-agented BAME writers.
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Green Stories Competition

Application Deadline:
30 June 2019 11:59 pm

University of Southampton is looking for stories touching on ideas around building a sustainable society
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