External Writing Workshops and Competitions

Shout out for Volunteers – 24 Feb


The South Coast’s newest Literary Festival needs friendly, reliable and confident Volunteers to help make the Festival happen!

We are holding two Volunteer Recruitment Sessions on Saturday 24 February at the White Rock Hotel, Hastings (opposite the Pier): 10am until midday and from 1pm to 3pm.

You don’t need to book, just pop in during these times to find out more.

You will need to be available on at least one of the three Festival days, and to attend a couple of Volunteer Briefing Sessions beforehand.

You will get a fabulously attractive T-shirt, plus the opportunity to attend activities on the Programme, from workshops to plays, and to meet some fantastic authors.

You must also be aged 18+ at the time the LitFest takes place. If you would like to join the Volunteers but are unable to get to the sessions on 24th February, please email info@HastingsLitFest.org or contact us via our website, HastingsLitFest.org


laughing matter

Have you ever wanted to write comedy?

Whatever your level, take a one-day workshop with Harry Venning, the creator and writer of Radio 4’s Clare in the Community and Alison Vernon-Smith, former Executive Producer at BBC Radio Comedy.

Learn the rules of sitcom, structure, characterisation, plotting and gag delivery.

Next session the 24th February in Brighton. £120 for the day which includes notes on one script or outline from Harry and Alison delivered up to one month from the workshop.

‘a brilliant day’


Contact alisonvernonsmith@gmail.com for details


Come and Write for Hastings Online Times – new writers event Sunday 25th Feb 4-5.30

HOT are looking specifically for someone to preview the upcoming production of Hamlet – if anyone would like to take on this exciting assignment, please contact Erica ASAP.
HOT are also holding an event specifically for new writers on Sunday 25 February at Cafe Grand Rue de Pera in Queens Road, Hastings.
4-5.30pm.  It will be a chance to meet some of Team HOT, talk about what you’d like to write about and learn a little bit about how HOT works.
We’d love to meet you!
There’s a Facebook event – or just RSVP to  ericawordsmith1@gmail.com
Many thanks,









External Competitions


Steyning Festival Short Story Prize 2018Steyning Festival logo 2x

West Sussex Witers, in conjunction with the Steyning Bookshop and the Steyning Festival, is delighted to launch the Steyning Festival Short Story Prize for 2018. The competition is open to all writers born, bred or living in Sussex. For more details of this exciting new award please click here.   Closes 11 March 2018


For details please look at the West Sussex Writers website (http://www.westsussexwriters.co.uk/)