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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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The Writers’ Place: a poem by Dean Atta

Imagine a room full of people Who care what you have to share
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Alex Christie on Pier Poets, Brighton’s new open mic poetry night

Pier Poets is a new monthly open mic night in Brighton for poets and spoken word artists to showcase their work in a supportive environment.
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Kuwaiti writer Layla AlAmmar visits The Writers’ Place

Layla AlAmmar's response to an open call for Muslim writers has put her on the map. She joins us at The Writers' Place ahead of the release of her debut novel.
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Creative Writing Programme

We offer some of the best quality training and support you’ll need to take your writing to the next level. We are the home of the Creative Writing Programme, one of the leading courses in southeast England.

Advanced Writing Workshops

20 October 2018 - 20 July 2019
Sussex Coast College, Hastings

A monthly group for advanced writers
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Writing Poetry

3 October 2018 - 27 March 2019
The Writers' Place, Brighton

A one year course in Brighton covering a range of poetic techniques
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Advanced Poetry Workshops

3 October 2018 - 26 June 2019

For experienced poets looking to continue exploring professional practice, writing technique and style in practical writing sessions.
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Comedy Writing for Stage and Screen

2 February 2019
The Writers' Place, Brighton

Always wanted to write comedy but don’t know where to start? Diane Messias's one-day interactive taster workshop will show you how to go about it
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Olumide Popoola & guests

24 October 2018
The Writers' Place, Brighton

Writing Our Legacy is delighted to present the Nigerian-German writer for her first reading in Brighton. Plus Spliff Richard and more
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Pitch Perfect

30 November 2018
The Writers' Place, Brighton

This free event gives writers a practical toolkit to make agents and publishers sit up and take notice – with author & CFLA Project Manager Laura Wilkinson
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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 a script reading, mentoring, coaching, bursaries and other ways to create the space you need to write.

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TLC Free Reads Scheme

TLC Free Reads

Writers on low incomes can get access to a professional critique from the UK’s leading literary agency, The Literary Consultancy.

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Become a NWS Friend

Pier Poets is New Writing South’s new monthly open mic night

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Latest opportunities

We regularly post news of awards, competitions, workshops and retreats from other organisations from around the region and the UK

Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award

Application Deadline:
1 November 2018 12:00 am

Run in partnership with the Young Vic, Traverse Theatre and Sherman Theatre, the award aims to find the next generation of political playwrights 
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The Thinking Woman’s Writing Award

Application Deadline:
26 October 2018 11:00 pm

The Literary Consultancy is supporting The Thinking Woman’s Writing Award, set up by author Kate Jegede. Applications are open from September 14th for the Award. The Award aims to increase the visibility of women writers writing non-fiction works with a philosophical or critical thinking theme. The winner will receive a full manuscript assessment through The […]
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Applications open for poetry with a British focus

Application Deadline:
14 December 2018 12:00 am

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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