Founded in 2006 to develop and celebrate writing in Nottingham, we’ve become an engine house for new regional writing, with a strong creative community. Our members include two people shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a winner of the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award, acclaimed playwrights, screenwriters and poets, as well as emerging writers working seriously towards publication.

Young writers

For emerging writers 18-25 years old, or up to 30 years old for students

£60 per year

  • 24/7 coworking space in Nottingham city centre with free WiFi
  • Creative and professional mentoring with NWS staff £25 per hour
  • Discounts on room hire, courses, Duotrope subscription, and more
  • Monthly daytime socials
  • £25 membership bursaries for those on low incomes
  • Complimentary book launch


For writers already working at publishable standard, and who’re looking to develop their professional career

£80 per year

  • Everything for Young Writers, plus;
  • Creative and professional mentoring with established writer £35 per hour
  • Access to annual one-day conference
  • Opportunities for agent one-to-ones
  • Critique groups


For freelancers who just need space to work

£50 per year

  • Creative and professional mentoring with NWS staff £25 per hour
  • 24/7 coworking space
  • WiFi access
  • Room hire discount
How to apply

Young writers

You will need to complete an online application form telling us a bit about your writing experience to date and how you’d like to develop, including what support you’d find useful. Young writer applications are reviewed by commitment rather than current standard of writing.

Once you’re accepted, you’ll receive the welcome pack and an invoice for the membership fee, as well as a free invitation for one-to-one feedback to give you a head start.


You will need to complete an online application detailing your writing experience to date and how you plan to develop, along with sending us a sample of your writing. The Board will review your application against the following criteria:

  • Do you live in or around Nottingham
  • Are you currently writing at a publishable standard
  • Do you wish to improve your writing craft
  • Are you looking to develop professionally as a writer

The Board review applications on a monthly basis. Once accepted, you’ll receive welcome details and an invoice for the membership fee.


Please complete a brief online application form telling us a bit about your work and how you plan on using our facility. Once you’re accepted, you’ll be invited for a tour of the studio.

What our members say

“I have gained so much since joining NWS. Networking opportunities, work recommendations, and the support of like-minded people. I have had work published in the NWS Crime Sampler and given readings at Antenna and Broadway. None of this would have happened were it not for my membership”

“To be in the presence of other writers is motivating and energizing. And it is nice to know, that if you run into any kind of problem or have a question, there will be someone at the studio, who has already been through the same thing and will be able to give you advice and a cup of tea”

“Nottingham Writers’ Studio offers a sense of community in an otherwise lonely endeavour. My work is better because my fellow NWS colleagues inspire me”