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New Writing South
We're here for anyone who loves to write
TLC Free Reads
Free manuscript assessment scheme for talented authors on low incomes
Creative Writing Programmme
Courses in creative writing, autobiography and life 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
Theatre Royal Brighton Young Playwrights
Theatre Royal Brighton Young Playwrights is an annual course for 16 – 25 year old aspiring playwrights.
Celebrating Our Stories
Get involved in this festival of verbatim theatre

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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Call for performers – Celebrating our Stories: Hear us Out

Looking for LGBTQ+ community performers - any age and no previous experience required!
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Call out: A New Working Class Writers’ Collective

Do you want to join a working class writers’s collective in the South-East to share, showcase, celebrate and support writing by people from working class backgrounds? If so, please get in touch to express your interest. In the first instance, we will organise a meeting in the autumn so we can come together and discuss […]
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LGBTQ+ writers wanted for Celebrating our Stories!

We have now reached the stage of the project where we are looking for LGBTQ+ writers to respond to the stories we have collected in a series of writing workshops taking place in Brighton and Hastings.
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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 course is fully booked. Please email cwp@newwritingsouth.com to join a waiting list.
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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
The Writers' Place, Brighton

This course is fully booked. Please email cwp@newwritingsouth.com to join a waiting list
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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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New Writing South Best New Play Award

1 April 2019 - 2 June 2019

New Writing South, in partnership with Brighton Fringe, runs the Best New Play Award. This award is presented to a playwright in recognition of an outstanding, original theatre script produced at Brighton Fringe.
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The Coast is Queer

12 September 2019 - 15 September 2019
The Spire, Brighton

The Coast Is Queer - a radical new festival featuring some of the best LGBTQ+ literature.
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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

TLC Free Reads

Application Deadline:
7 January 2019 12:00 am

The Open Competition is open to anyone over the age of 16 years by the closing date, and who is resident, working, studying or was born in Sussex. Deadline for entries: 20 October 2019.
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Call for submissions: ‘A Series of Small Things’

Application Deadline:
30 November 2019 12:00 am

Call for submissions: ‘A Series of Small Things’ An anthology of poems inspired by George Eliot’s works or life. Edited by Edwin Stockdale and Amina Alyal To celebrate the bicentenary of George Eliot’s birth (2019), we propose an anthology of poetry and prose poetry written in response to her work.  Middlemarch has been described by […]
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Theatre Royal Brighton Young Playwrights

25 January 2020 - 3 May 2020
Theatre Royal Brighton

Application Deadline:
10 January 2020 12:00 am

The National Poetry Competition is open to anyone aged 17 or over, anywhere in the world. There's a first prize of £5000, a second prize of £2000, a third prize of £1000 and seven commendations of £200 each. The judges this year are Mona Arshi, Helen Mort and Maurice Riordan, and the deadline for entries is 31 October 2019.
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