NorthPens is a community writing group based in Weardale, County Durham. The group was established in 2013 and encompasses a wide range of strengths, aspirations and interests among its members.

The most important aspect of our weekly meetings is that we all love writing, have fun and enjoy each others’ company. Anyone is welcome to join us, it doesn’t matter how much or how little experience you have, we will be pleased to see you. We meet between 10 and 12 a.m. on Wednesdays at Stanhope community centre.

Each session has a focus agreed by the group. We may decide to spend some time working on a particular topic or technique, such as writing poetry or structuring a narrative. Usually, (although not always!) our meetings follow a similar pattern. We spend part of the time working on writing exercises and/or discussing and analysing published work – stories, poems, extracts from novels etc. – the rest is devoted to sharing work and offering each other supportive feedback. We also run occasional masterclasses with professional writers.HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

The 2019 Weardale WordFest will take place during the last weekend in October, Friday evening to Sunday morning (25th, 26th, 27th). Make sure you put the date in your diary and check our WordFest page for the latest plans and developments.


Writer David Napthine will be running a Creative Writing workshop on the theme LIVING WITH A LANDSCAPE on Wednesday, 27th February 10 – 12 a.m. at Stanhope Community Centre, hosted by NorthPens Writers. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience. There is no charge for the workshop, although participants are asked to contribute £3 towards the running costs of the community centre. Contact Chris at if you would like to come along.


       Friday 26, Saturday 27 October

                A packed programme featuring some of our best known local writers talks, workshops and book sales.

               Click on the link to the Weardale WordFest page (above) for more information about the weekend’s events.



Creative Writing Award

The theme this year is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Click on the Young Writers’ page above for details and information about how to enter.




the NorthPens anthology

… it would make a fantastic  present, or two!

NorthPens Writers ‘…celebrate the craft of storytelling in a vibrant range of forms, interweaving the strands of time and place with the voices of an eclectic, funny and often moving, bunch of characters.’

Price £7.50. Available November 2017 from NorthPens (leave us a message) or from local outlets below:                                                         

Stanhope: Weardale Gazette Office; Woodhall’s Greengrocers; Durham Dales Centre; Weardale Hub;  St. John’s Chapel: Chatterbox Cafe; Wolsingham: Bradley Burn Farm shop; Bishop Auckland: No. 42; CorbridgeForum Books. 




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