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New Writing South
We're here for anyone who loves to write
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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One-to-one Advice Sessions – book now

Are you looking for advice on where to go next with your writing?
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Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry – Book Launch at New Writing South

Filigree is the second anthology of contemporary Black British poetry published by Peepal Tree Press, a leader in Caribbean and Black British Literature.
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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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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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Advanced Poetry Workshops

1 October 2019 - 1 June 2020

A one-year course for experienced poets looking to explore their professional practice and writing technique
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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 – Horsham

10 January 2019 - 21 March 2019
Horsham Library, West Sussex

Experiment with creative writing in a safe, supportive and fun environment
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Free Creative Writing Workshops – Crawley

12 January 2019 - 15 June 2019
Crawley Library, West Sussex

Experiment with creative writing in a safe, supportive and fun environment
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Free Creative Writing Workshops – Hastings

19 January 2019 - 6 April 2019
Hastings Library, West Sussex

Experiment with creative writing in a safe, supportive and fun environment
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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

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2019

Application Deadline:
28 January 2019 12:00 am

Poems are invited on any subject and style and of any length. The judge will once again be the prize-winning poet Jane Draycott.
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Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2019

Application Deadline:
1 February 2019 11:59 pm

The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize aims to find the best life writing from emerging writers from across the UK
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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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