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Hear us Out: LGBTQ+ Performance Opportunity

We are looking for LGBTQ+ community performers of all ages and abilities to perform in our Hear Us Out LGBTQ+ verbatim theatre festival later this year.  Over the last year we’ve collected around 40 stories from older LGBTQ+ people across the South East of England which will be turned into a series of performances. These […]
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Georgina Aboud: a few thoughts on writing

In this article, the sixth in a series with SPOTLIGHT authors, Georgina Aboud shares her thoughts on writing. Georgina Aboud’s short story, Cora Vincent, is published by Myriad Editions. Spotlight Books is a collaboration between Creative Future, New Writing South and Myriad Editions to discover, guide and support writers who are under-represented due to mental or physical health issues, disability, race, class, […]
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Interview with SPOTLIGHT author Tara Gould

In this interview, the fifth in a series of interviews with SPOTLIGHT authors, we speak to tara Gould, whose story The Haunting of Strawberry Water is published by Myriad Editions.
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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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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

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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The Coast is Queer

12 September 2019 - 15 September 2019
The Spire, Brighton

The Coast Is Queer - a radical new festival featuring some of the best LGBTQ+ literature.
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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

5-Day Wild Writing, Mindful Walks and Meditation Retreat 11 – 16 June 2020

11 June 2020 - 16 June 2020

Writer, meditation teacher and Spotlight Books author Tara Gould will be leading a Wild Writing and Meditation retreat in central Portugal in June.
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We See You Now: a creative writing, walking & food (non-residential) retreat with Alinah Azadeh

2 May 2020 - 3 May 2020

We See You Now is a creative writing, walking & food (non-residential) retreat with Alinah Azadeh. This event is for writers and/or artists from BAME backgrounds, based in Sussex, using writing in their practice and in need of fresh air, reflective time, future dreaming and solidarity. It will be a weekend of contemplative coastal walking, creative adventure and sharing stories and ideas over food. Facilitated by artist and writer Alinah Azadeh.
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Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award For New Drama Writing

Application Deadline:
5 March 2019 12:00 am

Amateur playwrights world-wide are invited to submit unpublished one-act plays for The Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award.
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