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New Writing South
We're here for anyone who loves to write
Two voices, two hats
A very special evening with Caribbean-British word-spinners John Agard and Philip Nanton
The Writers' Place Poets 2019
Applications open for our development programme for poets
Celebrating Our Stories
Older LGBTQ people share their stories for festival of verbatim theatre
Permission to write
Dean Atta's thoughts for National Writing Day
Creative Writing Programmme
Advanced courses in creative writing, autobiography and poetry
Now You See Me
New book by Jane Traies reveals hidden lives of lesbians in the UK

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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An evening with John Agard, Philip Nanton and Pam Hewitt

In an exclusive event for New Writing South, two Caribbean-British word-spinners John Agard and Philip Nanton offer their comic take on contemporary issues
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New Writing South appoints Programme Managers

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sharon Duggal and Sara Beadle as Programme Managers
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Theatre Royal Brighton Young Playwrights 2019

Aspiring young playwrights aged 16 - 25 can explore the possibilities of writing for performance in this 8-week course
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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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Creative Writing Programme

1 October 2019 - 1 June 2021
Brighton and Hastings

Our flagship two-year course will give you the tools and the space you need to help you complete your creative writing project
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Autobiography & Life Writing Programme

1 October 2019 - 1 June 2021

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

Rainbow Café presents: Feeling Forgetful?

21 November 2018
The Writers' Place, Brighton

A talk and Q&A with the Memory Assessment Service; Fran Hamilton, occupational therapist; and Penny Dodds from Dementia UK
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An Evening with Rosie Chard

22 November 2018
The Writers' Place, Brighton

This event is now fully booked but returns may be available
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Two Voices, Two Hats: John Agard, Philip Nanton & Pam Hewitt

23 November 2018
The Writers' Place, Brighton

This event is fully booked but returns may be available
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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

Modern Poetry in Translation: call for poetry with a British focus

Application Deadline:
14 December 2018 11:59 pm

New call for submissions! To celebrate the diverse language communities in Britain, Modern Poetry in Translation seek poems with a British focus for their Spring 2019 issue
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Brexit in Poetry Competition

Application Deadline:
31 December 2018 12:00 am

Whether you're for or against leaving the EU you can send in a poem that deals with any aspects of the Brexit process for a chance to win prizes.
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Word Factory Apprentice Award 2019

Application Deadline:
7 February 2019 12:00 pm

The national mentoring award for short story writers
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