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Happy National Poetry Day and hello, October. We are busy sharpening our pencils in anticipation of the start of our autumn courses next week. Several of the courses are fully booked, but we have availability if you'd like to write for stage or screen or try your hand at writing for radio. There are just four places left on the first in our season of masterclasses - Writing for TV with Jenny Lecoat - on 21 October. This is a three-hour stand alone session, but it would also be a great taster if you're thinking of taking Jenny's TV drama course next year. Full details about all our workshops, courses and events, including Creative Writing Programme, can be found here. Please don't hesitate to get in touch on 01273 735353 or email if you have any questions.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to Dot Dot Dot: A Game of Digital Consequences. We had over 1500 views of the unfolding story across the web during Brighton Digital Festival and we're sure that will be many more when we reveal Suhayla El-Bushra's fantastic ending. Coming soon...

Theatre Industry Day

With just a few weeks to go, don't leave it too late to book your place on this essential all-day event for anyone writing for theatre. The day consists of talks, topical debates, practical sessions and a great networking lunch. Confirmed speakers include guests from RSC, Paines Plough, Theatre 503 and Greenwich Theatre. There are also a limited number of one-to-one sessions available.

Friday 25 October, 10.00am-4.30pm
£50 (includes lunch)
Click here for more information.

In Conversation with Carlos Acosta

We can't wait to see the international superstar ballet dancer talking to Rachel Cooke about turning his hand to writing fiction. Carlos Acosta is the author of the autobiography No Way Home and his stunning debut novel is due for publication later this month. Set in Acosta's native Cuba, Pig's Foot is a big tale of revolution, family secrets, love and identity.

In association with South East Dance.

Wednesday 23 October at 7.30pm
Brighton Dome, Studio Theatre
Click here for more details and booking.
Creative Future Literary Awards

As mentioned in the last e-news, we were delighted to be partnering with Creative Future on the first ever writing awards recognising talented and marginalised writers. The brief was flash fiction and poetry submissions on the theme 'The Spark' and the prizes on offer included NWS membership and mentoring, as well as publication in an anthology. The award ceremony took place over afternoon tea in the Small Wonder barn, and was followed by an event on the festival stage.

Lemn Sissay was, unsurprisingly, a great host, and award-winning author Ros Barber gave a fantastic reading, but the real stars were the authors who gave readings of their work which were moving, funny and powerful. (For those who weren't able to attend, actor Mark Wilson did justice to their work.) 

As part of the judging panel, we know how much talent there was in the competition, so congratulations to all the prizewinners (pictured above) and thanks to Paul McVeigh for the photography. We love this picture of NWS member Lynne E Blackwood, who was commended for her piece, Follow Your Judgement.

Finally, huge congratulations to Creative Future for your vision and dedication to pioneering this award, we look forward to the next one! 
Click here for more information on how to buy the winners' anthology, The Spark.
Autumn Squad 

This autumn half term, award-winning playwright Natasha Langridge will lead a week-long high-energy workshop for 13-17 year olds, using drama, improvisation and writing exercises to write a short pieces of theatre.

The young people will learn some of the skills of playwriting and, at the end of the week, share your their with an invited audience.

Click here for more information and to book.


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Vicky Jones wins Verity Bargate award 2013

Paper Stages takes the show from stage to page

Forward Prize poetry winners announced

Man Booker will seem 'less essential' in England now Americans can enter

Fleur on why independent bookshops don’t need saving

William Sutton will be delivering a masterclass on Writing That Thriller at Havant Literary Festival on Monday 7 October. He will be a guest author at Portsmouth Bookfest's Firestation Bookswap on tour on Thursday 31 October.

William will also be joining the rest of our very own Portsmouth Writers' Hub for Day of the Dead as part of Portsmouth's Bookfest (see below for details).

William Herschel discovered Uranus, so what did his sister do? Time, space, curiosity and passion all feature in Take the Space’s new play by Siobhán Nicholas
Stella, a story of women, their men and astronomy will tour to The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 October at 8pm. 

kicking_k hosts The Nightingale Social on Wednesday 23 October: a new monthly mini-conference for Brighton's dramatic types to to network above a conveniently-located pub. More information here.

Well done to Dean Atta whose documentary 'Nobody's N-Word' was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 today; listen here.

Havant Literary Festival is well underway, and runs until Friday 11 October, with 80 events across 21 venues. See the full programme here.

Don't miss The Stories of Shakey P at Emporium, Brighton until Saturday 5 October. Charlie Dupre gives Shakespeare's stories a riveting contemporary slant by re-imagining the Bard as playground battle rapper. Book tickets here.

Sunday 6 October - Friday 25 October
Finborough Theatre presents Vibrant 2013 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, its annual explosion of new writing.
 Full Details.

Wednesday 9 October
C21 presents Granta Best Of Young British Novelists 2013 at Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton. 5pm. More information here.

Wednesday 16 / Saturday 19 October The Two Phils are offering you two chances to attend their half-day Pitching and Networking workshop to coincide with London Screenwriters Festival. Click here for details.

Wednesday 23 October
The Write Night. Poets, playwrights and storytellers share their stories in front of a friendly audience at Frasers Bar, Connaught Theatre, Worthing. Contact Melody Bridges for more information.

Wednesday 30 October. Local authors will be sharing stories at Day of the Dead with Portsmouth Writers' Hub in the atmospheric surroundings of the Square Tower. More information here.

Saturday 2 November Writers & Artists present an essential one-day conference on Self-publishing in the Digital Age. Imperial College, London. Full details here.


Female writers wanted to join a panel discussion on 'The rise of the feminine' at Brighton Arts Club on Friday 11 October. More information.

Submit your 1500-word essay to The Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism. Deadline: Tuesday 15 October. Full details.

Just a few weeks left to submit to theTroubadour International Poetry Prize with a first prize of £2,500. Deadline: Monday 21 October. More information.

Brand new playwriting competition Script6 from The Space, offers six playwrights a programme of workshops and script development. Deadline: Monday 28 October. More information.

Perfect Pitch Musicals have announced a £12,000 prize for musical theatre writers. Deadline: Thursday 31 October. More information.

Sussex Poets' Competition is the first Sussex-wide poetry competition, open to those who were born, live, work or study in the county. Deadline: Thursday 31 October. More information.

The London Magazine's Short Story Competition is seeking fantastic new writers from around the world. Deadline: Thursday 31 October. More information.

The Asian Writer Short Story Prize Competition has extended its deadline until the end of the month. Deadline: Thursday 31 October. More information.

The Asian Writer First Novel Competition is open to all unpublished writers. Deadline: Thursday 31 October. More information.

The inaugural Pighog Poetry Film Competition is seeking film-makers. Deadline: Thursday 31 October. More information.

Fish Short Story Prize open for entries up to 5000 words. Deadline: Saturday 30 November. Full details here.

Spooky Tales writing competition in association with What The Dickens? magazine and Miracle e-zine. Poetry, flash fiction, short story and cover artwork. Deadline: Tuesday 31 December. More information.

The Fiction Desk's 2013 Flash Fiction Competition is now open for entries. Deadline: Friday 31 January 2014. More information.

The Paul Darby Prize for Dramatists aims to encourage new stage plays and emerging writers. Deadline: Friday 28 February 2014. More information.

                     NEW WRITING SOUTH EVENTS
Monday 14 October - Monday 9 December. Award-winning writer Anna McGrail leads this popular online course that explores radio drama’s particular strengths and challenges, and equips you with the professional techniques to write for this liberating medium. Book now.
Thursday 17 October: Masterclass - Writing for TV. Jenny Lecoat leads this three-hour session for anyone who's ever dreamed of creating their own drama or sitcom or write episodes for their favourite show. It's a perfect taster session for beginners or writers of other genres who would like to try their hand at something new. Book now.

Friday 18 October: The very brilliant Come Rhyme With Me back in its regular slot on the third Friday of the month. This month's menu features Toni Stuart, Errol McGlashan and Malika Booker, alongside hosts Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger, Caribbean food and open mic slot to get the evening started. The perfect Friday night. Book early!

Sunday 20 October: Stop F**king About and Write Some Words - this monthly procrastination-busting workshop is here to bust your writer's block and get a serious amount of words out of you in a six-hour session. Rest assured you will be fuelled with tea and biscuits and encouragement from Brighton Writers Retreat. More information here.

Saturday 26 October: Improve Your Poetry with Steve Tasane. If you have an interest in developing your own poetry, listening to the work of others and learning from an expert, then Improve your Poetry at Tonbridge Adult Education Centre is for you. On this new exciting 'Improve your Poetry' course you will learn a variety of skills to enhance your poetry writing skills. More information.

Sunday 27 October: Come along to our Halloween Family Story Scavenger Hunt for creative writing fun for the whole family. There’s something hidden on the streets of Brighton. Ghosts and ghouls, stories and poems lurk in every corner and it’s your job to find them! Come to our base at The Writers’ Place in your best Halloween costumes, and we’ll send you out and about with a secret writing mission in a sealed envelope. Book here.

The next edition of e-news will go out on Thursday 17 October. If you have any information or events for inclusion in the next email, please send to by 5pm on Tuesday 15 October.

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