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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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Writing opportunity: new digital trail in Hastings

Do you live or work in Hastings or have a connection with the Trinity Triangle area? Would you like your writing to be part of an interactive digital trail in Hastings?
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‘Borrowed Ground’ podcast released today

New Writing South is celebrating the release of Robin Pridy’s podcast for Historic England, following the publication of the free to download eBook High Street Tales. From hidden histories to local urban legends, eight contemporary writers across England have worked with their local communities to explore the everyday magic of high streets in Great Yarmouth, Hastings, Leicester, North Shields, Weston-super-Mare, […]
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Call-out for Hear Us Out 2021 activities

Hear Us Out is a participatory arts project run by New Writing South celebrating older LGBTQ+ people’s stories. Since its inception in 2018, Hear Us Out has worked with a community collective of LGBTQ+ volunteers to collect the funny, touching and celebratory real-life stories of older LGBTQ+ people across the South East of England. Working with a company of local […]
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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.



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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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

AWAY WITH WORDS – Writing Course and Workshop Series

28 July 2021 - 18 August 2021

Writer and editor Robin Pridy is leading a 4-week writing course this summer, as well as a series of one-off writing workshops. Booking is now open to both, with details beneath and also on Eventbrite.     AWAY WITH WORDS WRITING COURSE  WED EVES – 28 JULY, 4/11/18 AUG  7–8.30PM Have a little ‘holiday’ close […]
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Developmental Grant for Poet on Low Income with Arvon

Application Deadline:
7 August 2021 12:00 am

Arvon are offering a developmental grant to one poet on low-income in the form of 1-1 sessions. Read below to hear exactly what they’re offering.   We are offering one lucky writer a grant that will offer them 6 1-1 sessions with the prize-winning poet Jen Hadfield. Perhaps you’re working on your first collection or […]
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Shifting the Gaze – round 2 applications open now

Application Deadline:
11 August 2021 12:00 am

Photo credits: Luke Walter, South Downs National Park Authority.   In 2021, Writing Our Legacyis offering 15 bursaries of £500 to Black*, Asian or ethnically diverse writers in Sussex, Hampshire or the wider South East to research and develop new writing or project work with a focus on the landscape of South Downs National Park. […]
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Catch up on High Street Tales

High Street Tales – Stories Capturing the Everyday Magic of High Streets

From hidden histories to local urban legends, eight contemporary writers across England have worked with their local communities to explore the everyday magic of high streets.

Seven new short stories, or ‘High Street Tales’, are available as an ebook. The eight writers have also narrated their stories for a ‘High Street Tales’ podcast series. Download the eBook from the Historic England website and listen to the podcast beneath.