Results of the Ballad Competition – March 2019

Judge: Kim Lasky

  1. Liz Calouri: The Ballad of Daisy Duck
  2. Dianna Locke: Taxi Rant
  3.  Roz Balp: Bad Lady Ballad
  4.  Vicky Armstrong: The Ballad of the Bridge Club Ramble

Results of the “Catherine Cookson Cup – December 2018

The winner was John Taylor.

Results of the “Wild Card” Competition – November 2018

1.Vicky Armstrong for “Once Upon a Time in Africa”.

2.Sandra Daniels-  “Pause for Thought”

3.Sam Davey – “The Lineaments of Desire”

4.Karina Evans for “All That Glitters”.

Results of the ‘Drama’ Competition – October 2018

Judge – Christophe Philipps

1. Maddie Blake – ‘To Crown a King’

2. Godfrey Forder – ‘Peterloo’

3. Roz Balp – ‘Ever Refused Admission’

4. Vicky Armstrong with ‘Noblesse Oblige’.

 

Results of the ‘How to’ Competition – July 2018
Judged by John Dowling

1.Godfrey Forder – ‘How to Potter’.

2.Lorna Thompson – ‘Chemo and the Disappearing Hair – a Black Woman’s Tale.’

3. Maddie Blake – ‘How to Make Friends with the Stars’

4. Roz Balp – ‘Packing for a Budget Airline’

Results of the Science Fiction Competition, May 2018

Judge: Simon Guerrier
1. Mike Gould “Up There Far Away”
2. Sam Davey “The Last Elephant”
3. Dave Baker “Gaze Upon My Washing Up and Weep”
4. Roz Balp “The Last Rabbit Hole”

 

 

 

Who we are

Based in Hastings, East Sussex, we share a passion for writing.

We come from many different backgrounds and have diverse writing experience. Some have had short stories, poems, letters or articles published in magazines, whilst others have novels or non-fiction books to their credit. However, we also welcome people who still aspire to publication, as well as those who are happy to write just for themselves and family or friends. See the Members page for our details.

We aim to help all our members develop their writing skills by providing a varied and interesting programme of meetings, and offering constructive feedback on their work in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.

The group meets fortnightly, in Hastings.  Our activities include varied competitions with guest judges, speakers, manuscript evenings, workshops and fun evenings.  We aim to offer something for everyone who enjoys writing.  From time to time we also organise events for both members and the public to attend.

If you would like to know more about our activities, or are interested in joining the group, please contact us.

We also have a facebook page, if you would like to follow us. https://www.facebook.com/HastingsWritersGroup/

Annual Presentation Evening – December 2018

 

 

MEETING REPORT:
April 15 – Writing Fight Scenes

With the focus on ‘Getting it Right’, Dave Baker lead a workshop on writing fight scenes. Illustrated by live demonstrations on his lifelong friend Wally, and his wife Suzy, Dave showed members a range of fighting and defensive techniques. He also gave a lot of fascinating information about the importance of considering the physical environment the fight is set in, the motivation and frame of mind of protagonist, and the reactions of any other characters present. We considered different weapons, including blades and firearms, the injuries they cause and possible defensive moves. Dave also gave some gruesome but thought-provoking anecdotes from his medical imaging work and his experiences in the military.  

Programme of Future Meetings

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HWG Awards 2018

Catherine Cookson Cup

Winner:  John Taylor

Writer of the Year

Winner:  Godfrey Forder

 

HWG Awards 2017

Catherine Cookson Cup

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Judge: Thorne Ryan

First:  Amanda Giles “No Reveal”

Second:  Maddie Blake “Looking Through the Gates of Heaven”

Third:  Godfrey Forder “Dandelion and Burdock with Bronwen”

Fourth:  Anne Hooker “The Signet Ring Mafia”

 

Writer of the Year Award

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Joint winners:  Roz Balp and Diana Lock

 

 

HWG Publications

Imagine That!

Now available, see publications for details.

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2017 Hastings Writers’ Group Anthology

See Publications for details.

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Programme of Future Meetings

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