Writing Up North

The Studio was founded by Sarah Davy in October 2020. The aim was to bring writers together to build a sense of community and inclusion in uncertain times, and to amplify the voices of Northern writers that so often feel left behind. 

Since then, we’ve welcomed writers to our online sessions from across the North of England and the world. And we want to keep going.

We help writers do what matters…write. And we think the best way to write is to write together. To share ideas, offer up support and shout from the rooftops when things go well. We also know that it isn't always easy. So we want to be here for those times too.

Only you can write what needs to be written. But letting others in can open doors and windows to new words, worlds and opportunities.

Everyone is welcome to join our sessions, wherever you are and whatever you’re working on. You’ll find friendly Northern facilitators and a welcoming community of writers. The North is not an island. Let’s get together and make sure everyone hears what we have to say.

Support Us

If you like what we do, you can support us by buying us a virtual coffee or becoming a regular supporter. The fund helps pay for our basic costs and build a fund that offers free places to low-income writers. Regular supporters help keep our Write-Ins free, and get discounts on our paid event. Pop over to Kofi and help us keep going!


Sarah Davy is the founder of the Northern Writers Studio. She is a writer, facilitator, lecturer and very proud Northerner. Born in Penshaw, she moved to Rothbury, then North Shields and now lives in rural Northumberland. Her short fiction is published online and in print and her first play, 'A Perfect Knot', was produced in Newcastle in 2020. Sarah's first novel, which was shortlisted for the Northern Writers Awards, is almost finished. Almost.

Sarah loves bringing people together to share work and support each other. The Northern Writers Studio is her baby, a way to encourage Northern writers and to create paying opportunities so writers can do what they love. Write.


Katie Hale is a poet, novelist and creative practitioner based in Cumbria. Her debut novel, My Name is Monster, has been translated into multiple languages, and was shortlisted for the Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award. Her second poetry pamphlet, Assembly Instructions, won the Munster Chapbook Prize. A MacDowell Fellow in 2019, she won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2021, and has been shortlisted for the Desperate Literature, Mslexia and Manchester Prizes. She has also written for theatre and immersive digital performance, and has featured on national radio and television. She is currently working on her second novel.

Katie leads workshops for the Studio, hosts regular Write-Ins and is always on hand when Sarah needs a second opinion on engaging our lovely community. 

Amanda Quinn is a writer and tutor who lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. Her short stories and poems have been published online and in print. She teaches creative writing and has delivered courses and workshops online and in community centres, libraries, museums, day centres, and schools across North East England to encourage and support people to write. She is particularly interested in helping people benefit from being creative in their everyday lives and her sessions are designed to be enjoyable as well as inspiring.

Amanda helps host Write-ins and leads a regular writing group for the Studio.