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New Writing South
We're here for anyone who loves to write
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
New to Writing Fiction?
If you’d like to give fiction a try but don’t know where to start, then this workshop is for you
Room to Write
Book one or a series of Retreats to beat the plague of procrastination and make some real progress with your writing project.
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

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

New Writing South Launches New Range of Online Resources

We know that it’s important to our community of writers to have access to industry experts and really good advice. We get approached a lot by writers who have specific questions. How to approach publishers. Whether you should self-publish (and if so, how do you go about that then?). Whether you need an agent, and how to find one that’s right for you. How to get that agent to open your email once you have found them. How to work with young writers. How to create interesting writing projects (and earn money from them). How to promote your own work and build an effective social media presence. Where to get critical feedback on your writing. The list goes on.
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NWS to welcome International Writer in Residence supported by The British Council

New Writing South is delighted to announce that it is one of four UK literature organisations to be awarded a British Council International Development Fund grant for 2019. We will use these funds to host a Polish LGBTQ+ writer in residence in the Autumn of 2019. We are working on a programme of regional events and activity to support this […]
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Spotlight Books

New Writing South, Creative Future and Myriad Editions are pleased to announce the selections for Spotlight Books. These six writers will receive three months’ 1:1 mentoring, be published (with our print partners Jellyfish Solutions) as individual short books by Myriad Editions with international distribution,  be invited to read at a launch event in early 2020, […]
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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.

Creative Writing Programme (Year 1)

30 September 2019 - 24 May 2020

This is the first year of our flagship two-year course which will give you the tools and the space you need to help you complete your creative writing project
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Creative Writing Programme (Year 2)

30 September 2019 - 24 May 2020
Brighton and Hastings

Evolve as a fiction writer in the second year of this two year course
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Autobiography and Life Writing Programme (Year 1)

1 October 2019 - 22 May 2020
Brighton and Hastings

The first year of a two-year course covering approaches to life writing, memory, imagination, authenticity and structured workshops
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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 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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Running Brilliant Writing Workshops. 25 April

25 April 2019
The Writers' Place, Brighton

This half-day workshop with Evlynn Sharp is aimed at emerging writers who want to build up their knowledge and skills to plan and execute their own writing workshops.
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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

TV Script Competition for Women

Application Deadline:
30 April 2019 4:59 pm

Thousand Films and Sid Gentle Films are looking for the best undiscovered television writers in the UK and Ireland. The focus of the first year's competition is to find female writers for television.
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Bedtime Stories: Brilliant Opportunity for Emerging Poets

Application Deadline:
1 May 2019 4:59 pm

Apply to work with some of the UK’s top poets including Malika Booker, Andrew McMillan, Sabrina Mahfouz, Kei Miller, Helen Mort, and Jack Underwood in a project developing the second series of poetry podcasts for Bedtime Stories for the End of the World. We are recruiting for 12 emerging poets to join these poets for series […]
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Stowe Poetry Commission – Call for entries

Application Deadline:
3 May 2019 11:59 pm

Stowe is looking for a poet with experience of socially engaged practice to hold a residency in the summer of 2019. The successful poet will lead creative writing workshops and develop new work in response to the pastoral idyll as exemplified in Stowe’s Grecian Valley
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