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National Centre for Writing offers a vibrant, year-round programme of innovative events and collaborations that engage writers, literary translators and readers of all ages, in person and online.


At the heart of our programme is a commitment to supporting the development of new writing and translation through early career mentorship schemes, literary awards and structured learning.

Alongside this we work with schools, young people and a diverse mix of our local communities to explore the pleasures and power of creative writing. Our reach extends beyond the UK, both through activities supporting international translators and writers, and a pledge to bring world-class authors to the Norwich stage for readings and live events.

Our wide range of partnerships and projects create opportunities to experience and be part of new voices and stories, while continually responding to the rapidly changing world of literature and translation.

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If you are a writer or creative practitioner who would like to work with National Centre for Writing on an event, workshop or community activity, please submit your details here → 

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For writers

We create exciting opportunities for writers at all stages to grow their practice personally or professionally. We identify and nurture early-career authors and offer inspiration and teaching support for those wanting to take the next steps.

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For translators

Through UK-based and international partnerships we champion literary exchange and increase the visibility of writing in translation. NCW supports translators from across the globe via mentorships, events and both virtual and physical residencies here in Norwich.

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For communities

We empower individuals and communities through a range of projects that celebrate Norwich’s diverse people and cultures; helping build new relationships and share experiences through written and oral storytelling.

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For young people

We inspire and connect children and young people through a lively, engaging range of workshops, free activities and writing competitions to boost storytelling skills and encourage reading and writing for pleasure.

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For families

We recognise that a love of words and story-making makes writers of the future and can begin with the very youngest among us. Our family programme responds to this with an enthusiasm to create playful, creative sessions for families to enjoy together.

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For schools

We support teachers and practitioners to engage and inspire pupils with creative writing via reading groups, networks with professional writers, free resources, online and in-person activity and place-based school visits.

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Step into Dragon Hall

Dragon Hall is now open to the public outside of our events and creative writing workshops.

Our drop in visitor hours are 10am to 3pm on Sunday to Wednesday each week. Extended opening hours will be announced shortly. Our public entrance is on King St, opposite the The Butterfly Café.

To accompany this, we are launching a free programme of creative activities for families, children and adults. Keep an eye out for the ‘Look up! Look at!’ logo on our events listings.

To become a City of Literature Volunteer and support our events and venue please click here.

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Explore Norwich UNESCO City of Literature

Norwich was designated England’s first UNESCO City of Literature in 2012, a city of stories today and for the last 900 years. It is a place of ideas where the power of words has changed lives, promoted parliamentary democracy, fomented revolution, fought for the abolition of slavery and transformed literature.

Norwich has been a literary city for over 900 years: a place of ideas where the power of words has changed lives, promoted parliamentary democracy, fomented revolution, fought for the abolition of slavery and transformed literature. 

Today, Norwich remains the English destination for poets, novelists, biographers, playwrights, translators, literary critics, historians, environmentalists and philosophers. A place for writers as agents of change.

Image © VisitNorwich

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