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New Writing North Academy

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.

  • Fully accessible virtual platform
  • Courses for all abilities and levels of experience
  • Small groups, led by expert tutors
  • Flexible learning, at a time and pace that suits you
  • Practical assignments, one-to-one feedback and peer learning

up to 75% off course prices

Thanks to funding from North of Tyne Combined Authority, we have limited bursary places for residents of Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Explore our courses below to find out more

Why study online?

Designed for digital

The Professional Writing Academy is the first digital platform specifically designed for teaching writing. Have your lessons, reading materials and peers all in one place.

Past sessions remain available throughout the course  so you can revisit any of the learning, revise exercises and chart your progress at any point.

Join an international community

Our writers from the North of England will learn alongside people from all over the world. Your circle of classmates and tutors are there when you need a second opinion.

You work through the practical assignments together, week by week, with plenty of room to ask questions, contribute to vibrant class discussions and engage in meaningful feedback.

Commitment made easy

Join from home and complete your assignments and reading at your own pace. There’s no need to log in at a set time to take part.

It also offers advantages in terms of accessibility and different learning styles.

Story for Screenwriting: Advanced Structure

Develop an industry-standard treatment for your original TV, film, or stage drama

Our professional development course is based on the techniques BAFTA-winning storyteller John Yorke developed to train new writing talent on the BBC Writers’ Academy scheme. Our alumni work on award-winning shows, including Emmys, Oscars and BAFTAs.

Duration: 16 weeks
Price: £900
Bursary places for North of Tyne residents: £225

Find out more about Story for Screenwriting

Writing Crime Fiction

Commit to writing the perfect crime

Whether you’re new to crime writing or ready to kickstart your next whodunnit, this four-week online course will equip you with the tools you need to create convincing characters and write the perfect crime. You’ll work in a small group of dedicated writers with an expert tutor and guest appearances from acclaimed crime writers.

Duration: 5 weeks
Price: £495

Bursary price for North of Tyne residents: £198

Find out more about Writing Crime Fiction

Stories from Life

Write your own life story
with Richard Benson

Are you new to writing and want to share a powerful story that allows people to experience the events, places, and communities that mean something to you? Founded on the belief that everyone has a story to tell, this four-week course offers an accessible entry point into writing, helping to boost your confidence and guide you as you complete a story from scratch.

Duration: 4 weeks
Price: £495

Bursary price for North of Tyne residents: £198

Find out more about Stories from Life

Write and Submit a Short Story

A practical course for short story writers

This course guides writers from initial ideas for a short story through drafting and finessing to the submissions process for competitions and journals. We’ll start by working on inspiration and ways to tune yourself into the small details that bring a story idea to life. Then, we’ll look at how to tell a story at sentence level and thematically, cover all the nuts and bolts from viewpoint, character, using dialogue and body language to transition between story stages.

Duration: 7 weeks
Price: £750

Bursary price for North of Tyne residents: £300

Find out more about Write and Submit a Short Story

Write Better at Work

Sharpen your writing skills and get your point across

Writing is an important part of your job, but how do you do it well? This four week, online professional development training, brought to you by experts in writing for business, will give you the tools to communicate clearly and persuasively, and the confidence to make people listen. As this course is CPD accredited, you can book a place as an individual, or block-book a class for your team.

Duration: 4 weeks
Price: £495

Bursary price for North of Tyne residents: £198

Find out more about Write Better at Work