What’s on

Programme January-December 2018


Jan 8 Reading Anthology entries, plus ACTIVITY
Jan 22 AGM, plus ACTIVITY
Feb 5 Competition 1 – Poetry, reading out entries – to be judged by Kim Lasky, writer of poetry, fiction and criticism and creative writing facilitator.
Feb 19 Workshop – writing for children, led by Kate O’Hearn
Mar 5 Workshop – writing Science Fiction led by Simon Guerrier, author of Dr Who audio adventures, comics and books and producer of documentaries for BBC Radio 3.
Mar 19 Competition 1 – Poetry, results
Apr 9 Competition 2 – Science Fiction, reading out entries – to be judged by Simon Guerrier
Apr 23 Workshop on the art of criticism
May 14 Competition 2 – Science Fiction, results
June 4 Writers’ Exchange
June 18 Competition 3 – “How To” Article, reading out entries – to be judged by John Dowling
July 2 Workshop on turning prose into drama, led by Amanda Giles
July 16 Competition 3 – “How To” Article, results
July 30 Workshop – Louise Buckley to talk about agents
Aug 13 Competition 4 – Drama (a famous historical event in one act, for stage performance), reading out entries
Sep 3 Workshop – writing Crime Fiction led by Robert Crouch, author of the Kent Fisher mysteries set in and around the South Downs
Sep 17 Programme planning evening
Oct 1 Competition 4 – Drama, results
Oct 15 Competition 5 – Wild Card: a story in 10 tweets, reading entries
Oct 29 CATHERINE COOKSON CUP, reading entries
Nov 12 Competition 5 – Wild Card, results
Nov 26 End of the Year Activity
Dec 7 Presentation evening

updated: 15/3/18



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





Special Events: