A great organisation in which to share your skills and creativity

Would you like to come and work for the North’s leading literature development agency and play a part in supporting great projects such as the Northern Writers’ Awards, Durham Book Festival and our award-winning work with young people? We’d love to hear from you.

About New Writing North

Recognised as a leader in our field, New Writing North has produced nationally significant work from a base in Newcastle upon Tyne since 1996. We have steadily grown from a team of two to a skilled and expert team of 16.

We lead the development of new writing and creative reading in the North of England, working with writers in the North East, Yorkshire and the North West and connecting them to opportunities. We are proud to be a charity and an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. We have a turnover of £1m, with 65% of that generated from earned and fundraised income.

We believe that talent is everywhere, but that opportunities are not, and that it is our job to create opportunities. We develop programmes and activities that support individuals and communities to engage with creative reading and writing both professionally and for pleasure. We help good writing find local, regional, national, and international audiences.

Our annual programme includes the management of major international literary prizes and awards; open-access and targeted talent development programmes; the production of festivals and events; international writing and translation projects; our young writers and community-based programmes; writing for wellbeing activities and the commissioning of new writing.

We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve. We encourage people from all sections of our community to apply for jobs with us. We particularly welcome Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, disabled, and LGBTQI applicants and those from lower socio-economic and working-class backgrounds.

Information for Candidates

Work at New Writing North

At its core, New Writing North’s work has two main goals: to encourage people to develop their own creativity through reading and writing, and to identify talent and support writers to fulfil their creative ambitions.

Please download our Work at NWN pack to learn more about:

  • what we do at New Writing North
  • our mission, vision and values
  • our programme of work
  • our organisational culture

Download the Work at NWN document here: 
Work at NWN: PDF
Work at NWN: Audio

Organisational structure

We’re a small organisation with a dedicated, creative team, supported by a great board of trustees.

Our Organisational Chart shows the current structure of New Writing North. Download it here.


New Writing North is based in central Newcastle upon Tyne.

We are currently operating a hybrid working model, with staff generally spending 60% of their working week in the office and 40% working from home.

Holidays and benefits

Staff at New Writing North benefit from the following terms:

• 25 days’ holiday allowance, plus statutory bank holidays (pro
rata’d for part-time posts)
• Flexible working
• Contributory pension scheme
• Training and professional development opportunities
• Access to free, confidential practical and emotional support
via The Printing Charity
• Cycle to work scheme
• Corporate Metro Season Ticket.

Current Vacancies

Trustee Vacancies

We’re looking for three new Trustees to join our charity.

New Writing North is the writing development agency for the North of England. Recognised as a leader in our field, we have produced nationally significant work from a base in Newcastle upon Tyne since 1996. It’s an exciting time to join us, as our plans to establish a new multi-million pound centre for writing and publishing in Newcastle upon Tyne gather pace.

We want to appoint three new Trustees in 2023, at least one of whom will be a qualified accountant or have the financial expertise to chair the Finance Committee in future. If you have a passion for our mission and the commercial expertise to help us navigate a significant capital project we would love to hear from you.

Important dates:
Closing date: 5pm, 2 December 2022

First Interviews (Online):12–23 December 2022
Second Interviews (Face to Face): By 13 January 2023
Final appointments agreed: By 31 January 2023


Find out more here and apply by 2 December 2022.

Marketing and Communications Officer


Salary: £20,800 – £24,960 (please note appointments are usually made at the start of the pay band), full-time

We are looking for a full-time Marketing and Communications Officer to join the small, busy and creative team at New Writing North. This is a great opportunity for someone with at least one year’s experience in a similar role, who has a keen interest in contemporary literature and is looking to develop their career in the arts. It’s an exciting time to join the organisation as we launch several new programmes and work towards creating a Centre for Writing and Publishing in Newcastle upon Tyne.

This role provides marketing support across all of New Writing North’s varied programmes, from international literary prizes to young writers’ groups. You will work closely with colleagues from different programme teams and will develop relationships with audiences and stakeholders online.

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic and knowledgeable about marketing in general, and especially digital marketing and its potential for developing audiences. They will be a creative self-starter with a willingness to engage with audiences and to devise, test and evaluate new marketing initiatives.

Download the Job Description and Person Specification here


We have an optional opportunity to meet some of the team before the deadline date. At this informal Zoom event at 12-1pm, Thursday 24 November, you will be able to meet a couple of members the team, find out more about New Writing North’s work, and ask any questions you might have about the role.

Register for the Meet the Team session here. If you can’t make the meeting and have questions about the job, please contact Laura Fraine, Senior Marketing and Communications Manager [email protected].


Meet the team event (optional): 12-1pm, Thursday 24 November on Zoom

Deadline for applications: 9am, Friday 9 December 2022

Candidates notified of interview: by Tuesday 13 December 2022

Interviews: Tuesday 20 December 2022 in central Newcastle


Please read the Work at New Writing North document and the Job Description and Person Specification before completing the application form below.

New Writing North uses a blind shortlisting process. Please ensure your name and email address are not on any of your documents.

The form will ask you to upload the following:

  1. A supporting statement of no more than 2 sides of A4. Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification when completing your statement.
  1. Your CV of no more than 2 sides of A4.
  2. Details of two referees

Please also complete our Equality Monitoring Form. This form is separate to your application form and completely anonymous.

Apply here