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

Finance and Operations Assistant

Salary: £18,720 – £21,840 (please note appointments are usually made at the start of the pay band), full-time


We are looking for a full-time Finance and Operations Assistant to join our small, busy Finance and Operations department at New Writing North. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to develop finance and operations skills in the cultural sector, but it may also be the right opportunity for someone with experience. We’re looking for someone who has a keen interest in contemporary literature. 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.

The Finance and Operations Assistant supports the work of the company by assisting with financial tasks, providing administrative support and undertaking reception duties.  The post-holder will assist with bookkeeping, day-to-day financial coordination, administration, marketing and digital support, and will be the first point of contact for callers and visitors. The post holder will also work across the company assisting with projects and events when necessary.

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic and keen to learn and/or expand their knowledge about financial systems and company operations and will be keen to work in the cultural sector and able to work on their own and within a team.

Please download the job description for full details. Finance and Operations Assistant Job Description and Person Specification

Key dates

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

Deadline for applications: 9am, Friday 3 February 2023

Candidates notified of interview: by Tuesday 7 February 2023

Interviews: Tuesday 14 February 2023 in central Newcastle


Please note that applications received after 9am on Friday 3 February 2023 will not be considered.

Meet the Team

We will be holding an optional Zoom call with members of the NWN team at 12-1pm, Tuesday 24 January on Zoom. Register for the Meet the Team session here. If you can’t make the meeting and have questions about the job, please contact Phaedra Andrew, Senior Manager, Finance and Operations, [email protected].



Please read the Finance and Operations Assistant Job Description and Person Specification before completing the application form below.

The form will ask you to upload the following:

  1. A supporting statement explaining why you are interested in this position and how your skills and experience meet the person specification (no more than 2 pages of A4)
  2. An up-to-date CV (no more than 2 pages of A4)
  3. Contact details for two referees.

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

Apply here