Writing and Publishing Skills Hub

Educational and development opportunities for writers and creatives of all ages

The Skills Hub was launched in autumn 2022, funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority and other local funders. Taking place across Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland as well as supporting a substantial online offer, the Writing and Publishing Skills Hub will empower people across the region with an exciting range of courses, activities and events to build skills and careers in the sector. 

Over three years, New Writing North will create opportunities from school roadshows for pupils interested in pursuing a career in the creative industries, to networking and business skills training for practitioners and SMEs. Professional development opportunities, conferences and courses will all be available to new and emerging writers across the region. New volunteer training programmes will support people with a passion for books to develop their own skills and experience through community reading and festival programmes.

The Writing and Publishing Skills Hub also builds on New Writing North’s innovative artist investment programmes, awarding bursaries and support to help writers develop new projects. Our award-winning Young Writers programme will also be extended, with new groups in Berwick and North Shields and a new publishing Summer School.

In total the Skills Hub will create or enhance 16 areas of work, developing pathways into the industry and making a unique offer for skills growth in the region. 

Current Skills Hub projects

  • New Writing North Academy

    On New Writing North Academy online writing 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.

  • First Edition: Industry Placements

    First Edition is giving 18-25 year olds the chance to gain valuable paid experience in the book industry with nationally recognised publishers and independent bookshops.

  • Start Writing in Libraries

    These creative writing courses will be delivered by award-winning professional writers in libraries across Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland. You’ll have the opportunity to explore writing across forms and learn to access your creative side.


    ADAPT is a new series of online webinars exploring how writers can develop their skills in adaptation for the screen. For our spring 2024 launch, we are offering three online seminars to inspire writers to start thinking about ways to adapt their work.

  • Inkubator

    Inkubator is a development programme for writers and songwriters who want to develop their skills in facilitation and participatory arts practice with children, young people and adults.

  • Young Creative Associates

    Young Creative Associates is a 6-month development programme open to early career freelancers in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland. The programme offers a package of support to support your practice.

  • The Writers' Space

    The Writers’ Space is a space for writers to connect and learn. It supports writers at all stages to improve their craft, gain access to agents and industry experts and to have space to network with peers.

  • Creative Associates

    Creative Associates bring fresh perspectives to the organisation, while being supported to develop their own creative projects and artistic practice.

  • First Edition

    First Edition is a group for 18-25 year olds interested in creative careers and opportunities. The programme includes regular masterclasses with professional writers, opportunities to develop your own skills as a writer or creative practitioner.

  • North East Novelists

    North East Novelists is a professional development group for authors offering continuing craft development and a supportive network for writers navigating their career.