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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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Spotlight Books: a publishing project for under-represented writers

New Writing South, Creative Future and Myriad Editions launch an open call for unpublished poets and fiction writers from under-represented backgrounds
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Last chance to apply for The Writers’ Place Poets 2019

Apply by Friday 4 January 2019 for our development programme to learn more about the craft and business of poetry
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Holly Dawson goes viral

Earlier this month, Creative Writing Programme tutor Holly Dawson unexpectedly found herself with a viral article, an agent and a book offer all in a fortnight
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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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Writing Poetry

1 October 2019 - 1 April 2020

Investigate a range of poetic techniques in weekly sessions over six months
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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

Free Creative Writing workshops – Horsham

10 January 2019 - 21 March 2019
Horsham Library, West Sussex

Experiment with creative writing in a safe, supportive and fun environment
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Free Creative Writing Workshops – Crawley

12 January 2019 - 15 June 2019
Crawley Library, West Sussex

Experiment with creative writing in a safe, supportive and fun environment
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Free Creative Writing Workshops – Hastings

19 January 2019 - 6 April 2019
Hastings 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

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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Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2019

Application Deadline:
28 January 2019 12:00 am

Poems are invited on any subject and style and of any length. The judge will once again be the prize-winning poet Jane Draycott.
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