Writers’ Place Poets 2020

Are you an aspiring poet ready to learn how to progress your poetry career? Find out more about Writers’ Place Poets, our unique poetry development programme.   

In 2020 The Writers’ Place Poets is facilitated by poet, Sea Sharp.

This development programme is aimed at poets living or working in southeast England. Based in Brighton, over the course of six monthly sessions, you’ll learn about the craft and business of poetry as you are guided to take the next steps in your poetry career, supporting you to build a collection and develop your work for page and/or stage. There will be opportunities to share your work and receive feedback and you will also be encouraged to share skills and offer mutual support within the group.

Before applying please ensure that you are able to attend all 6 sessions:

  • Thursday 1 October, 6.30 – 8.30pm
  • Thursday 5 November, 6.30 – 8.30pm
  • Thursday 3 December, 6.30 – 8.30pm
  • Thursday 7 January, 6.30 – 8.30pm
  • Thursday 4 February, 6.30 – 8.30pm
  • Thursday 4 March, 6.30 – 8.30pm 

Spaces are limited to 12 participants living or working in southeast England. Participants will be expected to commit to all six sessions, and regular homework in their own time.

Where will the sessions take place?

In normal times, The Writers’ Place Poets sessions take place at The Writers’ Place, 9-10 Jew Street, Brighton BN1 1UT.

In 2020 we anticipate that (at least) the first sessions will take place on Zoom as social distancing looks set to continue. Applicants should ensure they have a suitable laptop or smart phone and access to reliable Wi-Fi.

How to apply

To apply for Writers’ Place Poets 2020 please send us: a selection of your poems (no more than five A4 pages please), together with a covering letter (up to 400 words) detailing your writing background and interests, and tell us about the next steps you would like to make in your career as a poet. Additionally please complete and return our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Email your application to hello@newwritingsouth.com with ‘The Writers’ Place Poets’ in the subject line. Please be sure to attach a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form and include it with your application. Download the form here.

The cost of this course is £60. Limited bursary places will be available for those who cannot afford the full fee. Please email hello@newwritingsouth.com if you wish to apply for a bursary.

Deadline for applications: Monday 20th July, 6pm EXTENDED DEADLINE: 27th July, 6pm
Successful applicants will be notified in August.

About Sea Sharp

a portrait of the poet, Sea Sharp

Sea Sharp

SEA SHARP is an award-winning poet and author of Black Cotton (Waterloo Press, 2019) and The Swagger of Dorothy Gale & Other Filthy Ways to Strut (Ice Cube Press, 2017). In the Arts Council England funded theatrical show, Brother Insect, Sea Sharp was both playwright and performer.

On the stage or on the page, their work is known to be “emotively confrontational and politically charged”, unflinching with uncompromising critiques on how we continuously mistreat each other, ourselves and our planet. 

To this day, Sea Sharp is still black and queer (but sometimes invisible).


Application Deadline:
27 July 2020 12:00 am