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New Writing South
We're here for anyone who loves to write
Creative Writing Programmme
Courses in creative writing, autobiography and life writing, and poetry
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
Writing Through Oppression
Creative Writing Workshop with Izabela Morska
Writing Out Our Stories
A Free Creative Writing Workshop for LGBTQ+ Writers with acclaimed author Eley Williams
Celebrating Our Stories
Get involved in this festival of verbatim theatre

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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Call out: A New Working Class Writers’ Collective

Do you want to join a working class writers’s collective in the South-East to share, showcase, celebrate and support writing by people from working class backgrounds? If so, please get in touch to express your interest. In the first instance, we will organise a meeting in the autumn so we can come together and discuss […]
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LGBTQ+ writers wanted for Celebrating our Stories!

We have now reached the stage of the project where we are looking for LGBTQ+ writers to respond to the stories we have collected in a series of writing workshops taking place in Brighton and Hastings.
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The Coast is Queer finds its first financial supporter for 2020

We’ve been very moved by the level of support for the Coast is Queer in 2019, and we’re already making plans for next year. Establishing financial support is a vital part of reproducing this year’s success, so we’re utterly delighted to have gained a generous donation from BN3 Renovations to help make next year’s festival a reality. BN3 […]
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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.

Creative Writing Programme (Year 1)

30 September 2019 - 24 May 2020
Brighton

This course is fully booked. Please email cwp@newwritingsouth.com to join a waiting list.
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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 2)

1 October 2019 - 19 May 2020
The Writers' Place, Brighton

The second year of a two year course. Learn to shape 'true' stories while developing key structural and editing skills
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Events

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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Theatre Royal Brighton Young Playwrights

12 January 2019 - 30 April 2019

Theatre Royal Brighton Young Playwrights is an annual course for 16 - 25 year old aspiring playwrights
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New Writing South Best New Play Award

1 April 2019 - 2 June 2019

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.
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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 Out Our Stories: A Free Workshop for Aspiring LGBTQ+ Writers

19 October 2019
Hastings Library, Claremont, Hastings, UK

Are you an aspiring writer who is LGBTQ+ and lives in or near Hastings? Would you like to explore how to share the stories you want to tell and meet new writing friends with similar interests? If so, join this free workshop with award-winning writer, Eley Williams.
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The Brighton & Hove Arts Council 2019 Poetry Competition is open for entries

31 July 2019 - 20 October 2019

The Open Competition is open to anyone over the age of 16 years by the closing date, and who is resident, working, studying or was born in Sussex. Deadline for entries: 20 October 2019.
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Penned in the Margins – open to proposals of poetry, fiction and non-fiction

4 October 2019

Publisher of exciting, risk-taking books, Penned in the Margins are open to new proposals of poetry, fiction and non-fiction books.
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