In 2012, Writers’ Centre Norwich (now the National Centre for Writing) led the successful bid for Norwich to become England’s first UNESCO City of Literature joining a prestigious network of cities worldwide.
We celebrate Norwich’s heritage as a place of ideas, where the power of words has for hundreds of years changed lives. We nurture the city’s contemporary writers and through our UNESCO Young Ambassador programme support young people to share their love of reading, writing, books and ideas with their schools and wider community.
The UK’s Creative Cities generated an estimated £2.4 million from April 2014 to March 2015 through their association with UNESCO.
Creative Cities help to:
Writers from Norwich and Québec are invited to apply for a virtual residency exchange
Five pieces of useful writing advice from Singaporean poet Jennifer Anne Champion
Inspired by everyday items in a beautiful city – from nature webcams to abandoned shopping lists
Writer and journalist Marcin Wilk explores the independent bookshops of Norwich and examines the role that they play in our communities.
Valur Gunnarsson explores history, heritage and literature as he walks along the coasts of Norfolk and Reykjavík
Casper Rhodes-Leeder produces a poem inspired by webcams, online learning and working from home
Small climate details in our writing can have a wider positive effect on our community and environment, says Freya Cushing
Recommended reading lists from our UNESCO City of Literature Virtual Writers in Residence
Try out this step-by-step process for writing non-fiction, biography or memoir
Forward Prize-winning writer Vahni Capildeo shares their best advice for aspiring writers
Five tips to improve your writing and make the world a bit greener
In a world of screens and questionable wi-fi connections, Valur Gunnarsson recommends spending more time thinking than writing
From scrapping your routine to creating a literary collage
We’re seeking a short story about Great Yarmouth High St for a nationwide project
Seeking applications from early-career writers to write a contemporary poem about Benedicts Gate
It’s also the 50th episode of the podcast!
The National Centre for Writing celebrates Norfolk Day 2018 with the launch of a creative writing competition
On adapting The Handmaid’s Tale for screen and writing in Norwich
Discover the story behind ‘Here’, Luke Wright’s poem commissioned for the National Centre for Writing
New centre to champion literary translation, artistic experimentation and collaboration.
WCN receives funding support from the Arts Council’s National Lottery funded Ambition for Excellence Programme
A look back at our fantastic visitors to Norwich UNESCO City of Literature this year
‘For me the name Norwich had been connected to Norwich football club and W.G. Sebald’
Professor Andrew Cowan from the University of East Anglia on his visit to Ljubljana UNESCO City of Literature
Building work starts at Dragon Hall in Norwich
She will join the team at Dragon Hall in November
Arts Council England has renewed our status as a National Portfolio Organisation
Call for the release of renowned novelist, columnist and human rights activist