The Campaign for NCW

We need you to change the story.

Help us raise funds to ensure that National Centre for Writing and our home at Dragon Hall is open to all members of the community, for years to come.

With your support we can transform our local communities, inspire children and young people, platform new voices and provide essential tools and advice to writers of all backgrounds.

Whether it’s through a small one-off donation or by joining a membership scheme, your support will ensure that our creative programmes and Grade I Listed Dragon Hall are open for the public to enjoy and are protected for future generations.


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Changing the Story

Changing the Story is NCW’s campaign towards supporting artists from all backgrounds, inspiring children and young people, commissioning exciting new writing, and preserving the historic Dragon Hall.

Your donation will help us to:

Support artists from all backgrounds

We support 334 talented writers and translators each year with their development through programmes such as Escalator. Your gift can help to ensure that we can continue to remove barriers to writing, increase career opportunities and make sure that bookshelves reflect the full diversity of voices in our society.

Escalator mentor and writers at Dragon Hall, 2020.

Inspire children and young people

We engaged 4,488 children, young people, and families in 2021/22 through activities at Dragon Hall, in the community, and schools. Your gift can support the continuation of the family activities, Young Norfolk Writing Competition, Norfolk Laureate, creative writing workshops and much more.

Commission new writing

Through programmes like our City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Stories From the Quarter, we commission 130 pieces of new work each year from local and international writers and translators. Your donation with support the creation of this work and will allow us to bring artists to Norwich, UNESCO City of Literature.

Preserve Dragon Hall for future generations

Dragon Hall has 600 years of trading and social history. It is our extraordinary Grade I Listed medieval heritage building is now a literary house, writers and translators’ residency space, events venue and community hub that is open for the public to enjoy. Your support helps to ensure every arch, ‘witch mark’, ornate dragon and ‘king post’ is preserved, and that this vital piece of Norwich’s history remains accessible to everyone for years to come.

The foresight of our current donors has helped us to build the National Centre for Writing and preserve of Dragon Hall so far.

Now, we want to do more to welcome local communities, inspire children and young people, platform new voices, and provide essential tools and advice to writers of all backgrounds.


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Contact Us

If you wish to talk to a member of our team about supporting NCW, or learn more about the difference your support makes to writers, translators and our communities, we would love to hear from you.

Please contact Dan Scales, Development Manager, [email protected].

The National Centre for Writing strives for best practice in its fundraising and is registered with the Fundraising Regulator.

We are transparent with our donors and supporters, and strive to ensure that our fundraising is legal, open, honest, and respectful.