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Courses in creative writing, creative non-fiction, dramatic writing, and poetry
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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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Turning trees into characters: The Inkwell with Vanessa Gebbie

My lovely Mum used to tell me that a very pretty, uber-chatty neighbour reminded her of an ornamental cherry tree in full blossom...
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Key characters: The Inkwell with Vanessa Gebbie

Our writing game today comes with thanks to poet Pascale Petit, who used this amazing game in a workshop. It helps us create extraordinary images and ideas for ordinary things.
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Definitions: The Inkwell with Vanessa Gebbie

Our writing game today comes with thanks to poet Pascale Petit, who used this amazing game in a workshop. It helps us create extraordinary images and ideas for ordinary things.
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Support for writers

Find out how we can support you via personal mentoring, 1–1 Writers’ Surgeries, and manuscript reads. Due to the impact of Covid-19, sessions will take place via Zoom, email or other online platform.

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Mentoring

A personal mentor offers expertise and experience to emerging writers looking to take their work to a higher level or during a time of growth in your career. One of our team will work with you to help you find exactly the right mentor for you and you will be fully supported by New Writing South throughout.

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1–1 Writers’ Surgeries

Our 1 – 1 Writers’ Surgeries are a professional development service that helps you to look at where you are, define your goals, and plan a route to fulfilling them. It’s like a 1 – 1 sat nav for writers. We are able to offer 1 – 1 Writers’ Surgeries at a greatly reduced cost during the coronavirus lockdown period.

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Script Reads

Writers normally only get one shot at attracting the attention of a company or producer, so it’s essential that your script is as good as it can possibly be. Our competitive script reading service provides an opportunity to get professional and objective feedback on your script prior to sending it out into the world.

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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.

Writing Poetry – Brighton

25 September 2020 - 28 May 2021
The Writers' Place, Brighton

This course will look at a range of poetic techniques such as compression, imagery, texture, line breaks, traditional forms, rhyme and metre. Throughout the course we will consider the value of poetry in the contemporary world and our relationships with it.
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Creative Writing Programme – Brighton

28 September 2020 - 24 May 2021
The Writers' Place, Brighton

The Creative Writing Programme has been carefully designed to develop your understanding of the craft of writing, to provide you with the support and structure you need to push your skills to another level and to complete a planned writing project.
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Creative Writing Programme – Brighton (Year 2)

28 September 2020 - 24 May 2021
The Writers' Place, Brighton

In the second year the focus will shift from short scenes to longer narratives: you will develop your understanding of plot, story structure and the ‘world of the story’; explore the complex relationship between characters, narrators and readers; discover the importance of theme, conflict and dramatic tension and gain further insights into language, technique and style.
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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. 

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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

Bridport Prize

Application Deadline:
31 May 2020 12:00 am

The Bridport Prize is an international creative writing competition established in 1973 by the Arts Centre’s founder Peggy Chapman-Andrews. All entries submitted can be on any subject, and written in any style or form.
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The Bath Novel Awards

Application Deadline:
31 May 2020 12:00 am

The BATH NOVEL AWARDS were established in 2013 to spotlight and support emerging writers. Judged by readers and literary agents, the prizes are open to unpublished and independently published novelists worldwide. The BATH NOVEL AWARD is a £3,000 prize for adult novels, with submissions invited from December to May. Deadline: May 31 Find out more: […]
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Creative Future Writers’ Award

Application Deadline:
31 May 2020 12:00 am

Founded in 2013, the Creative Future Writers’ Award is an annual development  programme for talented writers from a wealth of backgrounds. It includes the UK’s only national writing competition for all under-represented writers, alongside a series of workshops in hubs throughout the UK. With the support of our leading literary partners, winners are selected by a panel of industry experts and are given […]
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Writer in Residence, Izabela Morska

In September 2019 we were delighted to welcome Izabela Morska, one of Poland’s leading literary voices, as New Writing South’s first International Writer in Residence, supported by the British Council and in partnership with West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.