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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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A very special evening with John Agard, Philip Nanton and Pam Hewitt

In an exclusive event for New Writing South, we welcome two Caribbean-British word-spinners John Agard and Philip Nanton (pictured) who will offer their comic take on issues of contemporary concern. Migration, identity, diversity – even religion and tea – are given an unorthodox treatment that draws on the calypso and trans-Atlantic storytelling tradition. They are joined […]
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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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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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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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Check out our programme of events at The Writers’ Place in Brighton and around the region. See all events

Hidden Sussex Creative Writing Workshop

17 November 2018
The Writers' Place, Brighton

Join a creative writing taster workshop with writing teacher Farah Edwards Khan, and get tips on how to write your own Sussex-inspired story
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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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Rosie Chard: The Eavesdroppers

22 November 2018
The Writers' Place, Brighton

Novelist and Creative Writing Programme tutor Rosie Chard will introduce and read from her latest novel
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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

Call for submissions: Gothic Poems

Application Deadline:
9 November 2018 12:00 am

Poems inspired by the gothic needed for an anthology edited by Nisha Bhakoo and Charlotte Geater
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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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