Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts




Here you will find information about the creative writing learning opportunities we offer.

Formal qualifications

There are a variety of creative writing qualifications offered by the School of English Language, Literature and Linguistics:

  • PG Certificate
  • MA
  • PhD 


We run a variety of workshops that cater to different aspects and genres of creative writing.

Spring school

There is also an annual creative writing spring school.

Mentoring service

We have information on the mentoring service we provide writers.

Further information

If you have any questions, or would like any further information, please contact Melanie Birch by email or on 0191 208 7619.

Our guide to studying literary arts at Newcastle.


We run a number of one-day workshops for creative writers to hone their skills across a variety of genres.

Our forthcoming workshops

Spring School

Here you will find details of our annual Spring School event, which looks at aspects of creative writing in detail.

Thinking Images

3-7 April 2017

In practical, creative and enjoyable sessions, we will explore the potential of imagery.

We will look at visual and verbal imagery, to enliven our writing and reading of poetry.

In a time saturated with images, we look at how we might transform what we see into workable tools to think with.

We look at whether it's possible to uncover those images hidden or lost to us.

We look at how we can use them to write new poems confident in their own depth and meaning.


Informal workshops, led by award-winning poets, will involve:

  • on-the-spot writing exercises
  • time to experiment
  • readings
  • discussions

The course finishes with a group reading and dinner (included in the course fee).


It is in the Percy Building, Newcastle University.


Spring School is open to everyone, but only committed writers should attend.

The ideal candidate is an aspiring writer with serious creative intent to develop. Beginners and writers with more experience are welcome.


Gillian Allnutt, Andy Croft, Linda France and Anna Woodford

Fees and booking

Course Fee: £300/£250 concessions

To book you place, visit Webstore or for further information: | 0191 208 7619.


Our mentoring for writers enables you to access the one-to-one support you need, when you need it.

We can provide mentoring across genres including: 

  • poetry
  • fiction
  • script
  • writing for children 

Initial assessment

If you would like to access our mentoring, please submit a short sample of work to us.

This can be five page prose or script, or three to five poems and a brief description of your whole project.

This assessment allows us to offer mentoring to those at a stage where they might benefit.

It may take us up to three weeks to make a decision.


The costs of mentoring are as follows:

First session - £200

For this first session, we will read work up to a limit of 10,000 words or 20 poems or 20 pages of script.

You will receive written feedback on your submission.

You will receive face-to face-feedback in a meeting lasting one hour. We can give feedback by phone or email.

Subsequent sessions - £150

You can use subsequent sessions to explore the same submission further.

This includes changes you might have made after the first session.

You may want to submit a further part (same word limits as above) of your project.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for mentoring, please contact Melanie Birch.