Writer Squads

  • I’m going to use my new skills to succeed in my writing qualifications and hopefully boost my chances at a job in fashion journalism.

    Ellie, 15 Portsmouth Squad
  • A place where anybody can be anybody and we care about what other people think

    Squad member, Rye
  • An opportunity to explore yours and other people’s writing; an incredible experience I will never forget.

    Squad member, Portsmouth
  • The best thing a young writer could go to.

    Squad member, Berry

What’s a squad?

Writer Squads are New Writing South’s flagship project to support the development of young writers across the south-east.

We have five in the region- and they take place at partnership venues: New Theatre Royal Portsmouth; The Berry Theatre, Hedge End; Turner Contemporary, Margate; The School Creative Centre, Rye, and The Writers’ Place, Brighton.

Squads are open to enthusiastic young writers aged 13- 17, and are a brilliant opportunity to develop new skills and meet other young writers.  By exploring a range of creative writing, from poetry to playwriting and lyrics to flash fiction, the Squads introduce young writers to a wide variety of writing styles whilst supporting the development of young writers in the region.

How does it work?

The Squads meet once a month on a Saturday, and are run by a professional writer, as well as having visits by exciting guest writers.

This isn’t like school, this isn’t like a writing group, if fact, this probably isn’t like anything you’ve been involved with before, because, you, as the young writers, lead the group!

If you’re interested in a genre, you talk to the organiser about it and they’ll cover it, or see if they can get a guest to come in. You discuss your work with the other writers, and even keep in touch with each other in between meetings through your own dedicated website.

If you are interested in establishing a Writer Squad, email us.

The 2011/12 Writer Squads pilot scheme has been supported by Arts Council England and Hastings Voluntary Action – Seedcorn Fund.

The consolidation and expansion of the scheme over the next three years is supported by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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