What’s on

Annual Presentation Evening

Friday 8th December – 7pm for 7.30 start

White Rock Hotel – (usual meeting room)

Programme will include an opening by our patron, Tamara McKinley,  judging of the Catherine Cookson Competition by Thorne Ryan, presentation of ‘Imagine That!’ charity cheques, presenation of writer of the year award, and a raffle.  Tickets are £5, available from Sam Davey, Treasurer.  Please bring along any raffle prizes in the run up to the event.

PROGRAMME   July – December 2017

Date Activity
July 17 Reading out and submission of entries for MYTH/FAIRYTALE COMPETITION: a fairy tale or myth of up to 2,000 words, judge to be CATHERINE SMITH – writer of poetry, fiction, live literature and radio drama.  With an MA in Language, The Arts and Education from Sussex University Catherine teaches Creative Writing and mentors individual poets. 
July 31 Tutorial: Writing Poetry led by Antony Mair, published poet and founder of Hastings Stanza  – expect audience participation.
Sept 4 2018 Programme Planning Meeting
Sept 18 Reading out and submission of entries for “Wild Card” competition: Crime from the Criminal’s Point of View (up to 2,000 words). This will be judged by James Carol, author of The Killing Game which has been shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. He has also written the best selling Jefferson Winter series. The first of these, Broken Dolls, reached No 1 on the Amazon fiction and thriller charts.
Oct 2 Workshop: “Preparing a synopsis of your novel” led by Jemima Forrester, literary agent and judge of the 2016 Catherine Cookson Competition
Oct 16 Results of “Wild Card” competition
Oct 30 Reading of entries for CATHERINE COOKSON CUP COMPETITION.  This will be judged by Thorne Ryan, an editor at Hodder
Nov 13 Tutorial: Poetry Workshop – specifically entering competitions and getting that first collection published – led by Kim Lasky, an experienced facilitator of creative writing in education, healthcare and community settings, as well as working as a mentor supporting writers at various stages of their careers. She has a doctorate in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex, where she taught on undergraduate and postgraduate courses and spent time as writer in residence in the Physics and Astronomy department, an experience that informed her work Eclipse.
Nov 27 Character Fest: bring a 250-word description of a fictitious character – and see what happens!
Dec 8 Presentation evening and 70th Anniversary Party



Local Links

Groups and organisations we like in or near Hastings:

The East Sussex Library Service

Hastings On-line Times
Hastings Voluntary Action
Hastings Arts Forum


Writers’ Links

Courses  for creative writers:

Bexhill College run short courses locally

The University of Brighton run a ten-week course in Creative Writing

Canterbury Christ Church University run an MA in Creative Writing

The Writers’ Place Brighton runs a variety of events and courses

New Writing South is our regional writing hub. It has an off-shoot in Rye

The Arvon Foundation run residential courses

College of Media and Publishing courses

National Creative Writing organisations, magazines etc.

National Association of Writers’ Groups (NAWG) run competitions, events etc.

Writers On-Line is the internet version of Writing Magazine.  See also Writers’ Forum

Myslexia is a magazine for Women Writers

Booktrust is a  national UK reading and writing charity

The Word Runs Through it is a new on-line writers’ forum set up by Tony Gutteridge of the Grace Dieu Writing Circle

The Bookseller is a key trade publication – sign up for their free email Newsletter

Chapter Checkers offers a free feedback service with a weekly 1000-word story competition

Creative Writing Resource Guide, where you can ‘find the tools, resources and opportunities to bring out your creative side as a writer.’

Writing Short Fiction,  which has advice, resources and questionnaires for established and aspiring short story writers.



Websites listing Competitions

Short Stories

Poetry Library Southbank Centre

Prize Magic Poetry Competitions





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