Achieve your writing goals and deepen your understanding of the craft with a half-day or full-day writing workshop from the National Centre for Writing

NCW Academy workshops are a chance for you to immerse yourself in a one-off, friendly but focussed session, taught by an expert writer who will take a deep dive into a specific area of writing craft or genre. They allow you to interact in a small group to consider, practice and discuss your writing within a given subject area.

Workshops are the ideal choice if your goal is to develop and hone a particular skill set or experiment with a new element of writing for the first time. They are designed for writers of all levels.

We run workshops online and in-person from our base at Dragon Hall in Norwich. We offer concessionary rates and bursaries for writers facing financial barriers. 

What to expect from our workshops

Workshops are usually a half day or full day in length. They are led by expert tutors and experienced writers who guide participants through a combination of writing exercises, discussion and other activities such as Q&As.

Some of our workshops happen in-person at the home of National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, in Norwich. Tea, coffee and water is always available, and you are also welcome to bring your own refreshments. 

Online workshops are delivered using Zoom video conferencing. If you’re new to video conferencing, don’t worry, we’ll send you information about joining our workshops using your computer.

When preparing for your workshop, we recommend bringing a notepad and pen or laptop to write with during the exercises, and to jot down any ideas that strike during the discussions.

Upcoming workshops

Poetry of the Self with Andrew McMillan

Join multi award-winning poet and author Andrew McMillan for a poetry masterclass in exploring personal histories.


Saturday 24 February

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Exploring New Ways into Your Family History with Yin F. Lim

In this workshop, you’ll learn techniques for turning oral history and physical materials into a narrative, which you can use to form a piece of writing about your family history.


Saturday 2 March

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Journeys Through Time with Lynne Bryan

In this workshop, you’ll examine how to use time to manipulate interest, suspense, tension, and structure in your short stories and novels.


Saturday 16 March

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Farsi Poetry Translation with Elhum Shakerifar

At this unique Farsi poetry translation workshop, you will work towards turning a rough guide translation into an English poem.


Saturday 23 March

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Industry Insights for Novelists (Online)

Join us for a day of inspirational talks and networking for novelists at the beginning of their career.


Saturday 20 April

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Transform Your Writing Through Translation with Kotryna Garanasvili

How can translating make you a better writer? Find a new approach to bring fresh eyes to your work and make each word count in this dynamic workshop led by translator and writer Kotryna Garanasvili.


Saturday 27 April

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NCW Academy Bursary Programme

We are sometimes able to offer bursaries for writers who are unable to afford course fees. Please find details of any current bursaries on course pages.

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Got a question?

If you still have questions, get in touch with the learning team by email [email protected] or phone (+44) 01603 877177 between our working hours of 9am – 5pm BST, Monday to Friday.

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