An engine for creative reading and writing

New Writing North is the writing development agency for the North of England.
We are based in Newcastle upon Tyne, from where we have produced nationally significant work since 1996.

Durham Book Festival, Big Read 2021

Gateshead Young Writers

Northern Writers’ Awards 2022

Gordon Burn Prize

Creative Associates, Sharmin Islam and Adam Sharp

A Writing Chance

Young Writers’ City

Writing is powerful. It can change the way we explore the world, understand ourselves and connect with one another. Writers craft the stories that shape us.

We bring people together through books and writing. We create opportunities for writers and we find and support talented people from all backgrounds to achieve their creative ambitions.

We build the narrative power of young people and communities throughout the North. We platform the work of those whose voices are missing from the mainstream conversation.


A Writing Chance 2024-25

A Writing Chance aims to open access to the writing industries for new and aspiring writers from working-class and lower-income backgrounds and for those who face barriers due to intersecting challenges, including but not limited to ethnicity, disability, sexuality, gender identity, age and religious beliefs.

We are looking for 16 new fiction and non-fiction writers and journalists to be part of A Writing Chance 2024-25.


Autumn 2023

This autumn, there are so many ways to take part in New Writing North’s programme

Join us for literary events with some of the UK’s leading writers on topics from Ancient Rome to AI. Take part in a friendly writing group in your local community. Develop your professional skills for a career in writing and podcasting. Connect with likeminded people. Try something new. Have fun!

Download the Autumn 2023 programme

Visit our What’s On page

Join a vibrant online writing community

Work with industry experts to master new skills and see how far your talent can take you

On New Writing North Academy online courses, you will explore the techniques used by leading contemporary writers, learn to critique work-in-progress, develop your own voice and hone your writing craft.

New Writing North Academy has been created in partnership with the Professional Writing Academy, the industry-leading online course provider whose digital campus is the first platform specifically designed for teaching writing.

New Writing North Academy

Some of our recent highlights

Northern Writers' Awards 2022

Pupils from Kelvin Grove Primary School perform work at Shipley Art Gallery

Colm Tóibín wins David Cohen Prize 2021 and awards Padraig Regan the Clarissa Luard Award

Val McDermid event at Durham Book Festival 2021

Hanif Abdurraqib wins Gordon Burn Prize 2021

A Writing Chance writers' showcase at the Houses of Parliament

Linda France, Climate Writer in Residence

Newcastle Young Writers

Kayo Chingonyi performs at Durham Book Festival 2021