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.
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.
Explore what we offer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step into Dragon Hall
Dragon Hall is now open to the public outside of our events and creative writing workshops.
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.
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.
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