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New Writing North is the development agency for creative writing and reading in the North of England. Core projects include the Northern Writers’ Awards, Read Regional, Moth Publishing, the Gordon Burn Prize, the Cuckoo Young Writers Programme, and work with teachers and schools.

Northumbria University and New Writing North share an aspirationto support and develop new creative writing talent, and to create an environment in which new writing thrives and is celebrated.

Our partnership with New Writing North has supported innovative new learning offers at Northumbria University. Our Post Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing in the Classroom has been designed to develop teachers’ creative writing skills and enhance teachers’ competence and confidence in delivering creative writing within the classroom. As part of our commitment to ensuring that our graduates are prepared for the life after graduation, New Writing North works with the creative writing team to design and co-deliver industry focussed modules that bring industry speakers, knowledge and expertise into Northumbria classrooms for both undergraduate and post graduate students, exploring traditional and new modes of publication and distribution in the writing industry, and developing skills that equip students to work in the literary sector. Two collaborative PhDs with New Writing North have also been underpinned by interdisciplinary approaches, developing an ‘applied’ approach to creative writing PhDs that compliments the University’s successful practice led creative writing doctoral scholarship.

Our partnership has a key focus on talent development through the Northern Writers’ Awards, which supports the development and retention of writing talent in the region through bursaries, mentoring and industry networks. The awards have acted as a lever to develop new partnerships with national and regional partners including Channel 4, Lime Pictures and Red Productions to support a new Writing for Television Award that promotes diverse writing talent, and that enables our students to learn about how the global television industry is evolving from industry insiders who are at the forefront of change.

We collaborate with New Writing North to develop conferences, seminars and events for the wider writing community across the North. We co-deliver the biennial Newcastle Writing Conference which explores trends in publishing and new markets for writing, and supports writers to make connections with each other and with industry experts.  In 2014, we created Crime Story, a unique and innovative crime writing festival that engaged with over 80 writers to participate in a weekend of seminars and panels that brought research from diverse disciplinary backgrounds – forensics, judicial process, police cultures, victimology – to a new audience. Since then we have collaborated to deliver a Crime Story seminar series in 2015, and will be presenting the second Crime Story festival in June 2016.  

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