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Project information

New Writing South - work with young people

New Writing South works with authors, playwrights, poets, screen writers, radio writers and other creative writers offering development, opportunity and encouragement. NWS places writers within schools, hospices, youth clubs and other places inspiring young people and encouraging their creativity.

On Going

Charity information: New Writing South

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  • Need


    Many young people find it (or found it) hard to engage with their education and in particular do not enjoy reading and writing. New Writing South aim to change that. All those involved with our work have noted that following one of our projects, students’ literacy improves; their confidence in and enthusiasm for writing increases hugely; and their ability to work as part of a team is enhanced.


    New Writing South believes in nurturing tomorrow’s writers today. We have a team of authors, poets, screen-writers and playwrights who deliver our creative writing projects in schools and other informal places of learning. All the writers are professional with published and/or performed work, are CRB-checked, attend training on working with schools, and are offered Continuing Professional Development.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Encourage more young people to enjoy creative writing and reading


    » Writer residencies in six new schools - widening of our reach in the south east region and reaching young people from economically disadvantaged areas
    » Training the Creative Writing Team to keep writers up to date with current policies and issues relating to working with young people.
    » A focus on new workshops for students and teachers that embrace the new GCSE English syllabus creative writing criteria.
    » Continue to offer flexible workshops, which can be tailored to individual schools’ needs and also Creativity INSETs for teachers.

    What success will look like

    Success will be six new projects in formal or informal places of learning.

  • Impact


    Improve confidence and enjoyment of creative writing in all it's forms including story telling, theatre, poetry and prose. Our work will also demonstrate career paths for young people in these fields.


    There is a risk that some schools and pupils will not fully engage with our work. We have dealt with this by training our writers to work in schools and by developing a system that encourages teachers, parents and pupils to take part in our activities.


    Funders of our work will receive a monthly report detailing progress and a monthly newsletter informing them of all our activities in schools.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 x5 Writers In 5 seperate schools over 10 weeks, working with young poets who will make their own live poe
  • Background


    We work with schools and other organisations throughout the south east.


    Young People will become excited about writing and creativity, have improved confidence and ability to work together as a team.
    Parents are encouraged to support and value their children’s written work.
    Teachers find different ways of teaching creativity in the classroom.
    Young people are introduced to writing careers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    New Writing South believes in nurturing tomorrow’s writers today. We have recruited and trained a team of 27 authors, poets, screen-writers and playwrights to deliver our programme. All the writers are professional, CRB-checked, attend training on working with schools, and are offered Continuing Professional Development. Our work has been described as a ‘model of practice’ by the Arts Council, and we have been singled out for praise by the Specialist Schools Trust.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Anna Jefferson

    Creative Learning Manager

I was aware of students gaining in confidence as writers as their workshop progressed.

Head of English, Secondary School, Hove