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
New to Writing Fiction?
If you’d like to give fiction a try but don’t know where to start, then this workshop is for you
Room to Write
Book one or a series of Retreats to beat the plague of procrastination and make some real progress with your writing project.
Celebrating Our Stories
Older LGBTQ people share their stories for festival of verbatim theatre
The Writers' Place Poets 2019
Dean Atta leads our development programme for poets

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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New Writing South and Hastings Litfest 30 August – 1 September 2019

This year, New Writing South and The Creative Writing Programme are proud to support Hastings Litfest. Come and visit us at the Festival Bookfair in the lovely East Sussex College on Saturday 31 August and, beg, borrow or steal a place at the State of Publishing event, a timely discussion about publishing in the 21st century, chaired by Danuta […]
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Theatre Royal Brighton Young Playwrights 2019: Create and Connect by Lois Zoppi

Whether it’s life drawing hen parties, impromptu street performances, or an artistically overpriced pint, Brighton offers plenty of opportunities to be creative. But despite the abundance of creative spaces and inspiration around the city all year round, there is still something special about being given the opportunity to sit in a theatre when the stage […]
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New Writing South Best New Play Award 2019 – Shortlist Announced

New Writing South, in partnership with Brighton Fringe, is delighted to announce the shortlist for the Best New Play Award 2019. This award is presented to a playwright in recognition of an outstanding, original theatre script produced at Brighton Fringe. We received 68 entries this year and 11 plays have been shortlisted. These are: After […]
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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 is the first year of our flagship two-year course which will give you the tools and the space you need to help you complete your creative writing project
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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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Free Creative Writing Workshops – Crawley

23 February 2019 - 15 June 2019
Crawley 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

Are you Britain’s Next Great Crime Writer?

Application Deadline:
31 May 2019 4:59 pm

The Big Issue has joined forces with Avon, HarperCollins to find Britain's next great crime writer. Submissions will be accepted from across the UK and the winner will receive a two-book deal with the HarperCollins division.
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DHA Open Day for under-represented Script Writers

Application Deadline:
10 June 2019 4:59 pm

DHA are running an Open Day on 19 September for eight Script Writers from under-represented backgrounds. Writers must be based in the UK and un-agented. Applications are open now. Find out more
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The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2019

Application Deadline:
28 June 2019 4:59 pm

The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2019 is now open for submissions in the categories of Fiction, Poetry, and Life Writing. The prize was launched ten years ago to support new writers, with no limits on age, gender, nationality or background. In this birthday year the prize money has been increased from £300 to £1,000. […]
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