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.

Dates for your diary! 25 – 27 October, Weardale WordFest, a fantastic weekend of talks, discussions, workshops, exhibitions and entertainment in Stanhope.

The full WordFest programme is now available to view; go to the WordFest 2019 page above for all the latest information.

Children’s Creative Writing Award

This year’s theme: What Lies Beneath ….

The 2019 Writing Award will be launched with a special workshop with children’s author and illustrator Rebecca Rose. It will take place during the Weardale Wordfest on Saturday 26 October, 2 – 4 pm at the Durham Dales Centre. Check out the Young Writers’ page (link above) for further 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;  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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