Welcome to
New Writing South
We're here for anyone who loves to write
Creative Writing Programmme
Courses in creative writing, autobiography, dramatic 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
Big Stories, Small Screen
TV Writing Masterclass with Pete Lawson
Writers'Day Shoreham
Information, discussion, networking
Strong Words
This lively line-up of poets will bring you writing that will appease and unease you, comfort and stir you.
The Coast is Queer
A three day festival of LGBTQ+ literature in Brighton

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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Open space for BME, Working Class, LGBTQ+ and other marglinalised writers and groups

New Writing South is led by people who know what it is to be marginalised and how this limits opportunities. We are proactively seeking ways to ensure writers of all backgrounds (including BME, working-class and LGBTQ+) are supported to develop their voices and share their stories. As part of this, we are launching Open Space, […]
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New Writing South at Myriad Literary Salon

New Writing South is joining forces with local publishers Myriad, for two events at the end of September to celebrate the short story and give local writers the opportunity to be part of a special workshop with Lisa Blower, a champion of working class and regional voices. Myriad Literary Salon: Celebrating the Short Story on […]
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Helen Highwater, a very funny, dark new solo show by Helen Seymour

Helen Seymour is struggling to keep her head above water in her very funny, dark new solo show. She has weak muscles, screws in her spine and can’t stop thinking about creative ways to commit murder. This is what she tells us: “These are my Important Questions I ask on a first date: 1. Do […]
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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

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 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

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. 


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

Shoreham Writers’ Day 1-1s with Beth Miller

29 September 2019
Ropetackle, Shoreham

If you are coming to Shoreham Writers' Day on Saturday 29 September and you want some 1-1 advice about your novel or prose project, sign up for a 30 minute session with New Writing South Book Coach Beth Miller.
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Call Out for New Writing South Volunteers

Application Deadline:
23 August 2019 4:59 pm

Be a part of the action in Brighton’s first three day Festival of LGBTQ+ Literature in Brighton. The Coast is Queer will take place from Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 September 2019. Our volunteers will be ambassadors for New Writing South and play a key role in promoting the Festival, looking after guest speakers and […]
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The Brighton Scratch Night

Application Deadline:
24 August 2019 11:59 pm

The Brighton Scratch Night are looking for new scripts on any subject. Six scripts will be staged at The Rialto Theatre, Brighton from 15 - 17 October. One script will go on to be produced at Brighton Fringe 2020.
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