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Programme January-December 2018

Jan 7 Writing Exercise
Jan 21 AGM
Feb 4 Competition 1 POETRY: ballad – reading out entries. Judge to be Kim Lasky
Feb 18 Work in Progress, small workshops – SAM DAVEY to introduce
Mar 4 Work in Progress, main group
Mar 18 Competition 1 POETRY – results
Apr 1 Competition 2 FICTION: psychological thriller (up to 2,222 words) – reading out entries. Judge to be Chris Curran, author of four psychological crime novels.
Apr 15 “Getting it right”: Dave Baker to speak on anatomy and fighting
Apr 29 Work in Progress, small workshops
May 13 Competition 2 FICTION: psychological thriller – results
June 3 Competition 3 NON-FICTION: My worst… (up to 2,000 words) – reading out entries. Judge to be Rohan Jayasekera, journalist specialising in media freedoms, as such he has covered nationalist and ethno-religious conflicts from Bosnia and Gaza to Afghanistan and Iraq.
June 17 Work in Progress, small workshops
July 1 MS evening
July 15 Competition 3 NON-FICTION – results
July 29 Competition 4 DRAMA: 15-minute one act play using an established character (e.g. Caliban, Oliver Twist) – reading out entries. Judge to be actor and writer, Christophe Philipps.
Aug 12 Workshop on creating other worlds, dystopian and utopian, led by Simon Guerrier, SF writer
Sep 2 Work in Progress, small workshops
Sept 16 Competition 4 DRAMA – results
Sept 30 Competition 5 WILD CARD: Other Worlds, Utopian or Dystopian (up to 2,500 words) – reading out entries, judge TBA
Oct 14 Work in Progress, small workshops
Oct 28 Programme Planning Evening
Nov 11 CATHERINE COOKSON CUP (up to 3,000 words) – reading out entries? Judge TBA
Nov 25 Competition 5 WILD CARD: results
Dec 13 Presentation evening



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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