Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Visions of Hastings Launch

You are invited to the launch of Visions of Hastings anthology, a mix of memories, opinions, stories and pictures by the people of Hastings. Also an exhibition and sale of local books and art.
Hastings Town Hall, 10.30 am - 3 pm Saturday 9th october
Admission FREE. All welcome. (Entry via Tourist Information Office)

Short Fuse

Short Fuse is back in Hastings!
The next meeting will be on Sunday 31st October, 7.30 pm at The Jenny Lind, Hastings Old Town.
Calling all short story writers: the subject is HALLOWEEN
If you would like to submit a story. e-mail it to King Harold at:
All entries must be in by 20th October, max 2500 words.
Whether you are a writer or just enjoy hearing a really good yarn, come along and enjoy a spine-chilling evening!
Entrance: £5

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

1/2 Day Saturday Workshops

We are running some interesting workshops during October:

Saturday 2nd October 9.30 –12.15 hours
University Centre Hastings (UCH), Havelock Road, Hastings
Turning personal experiences into profitable prose
Tutor: Lynne Hackles
Murder your in-laws and sell the story! Get paid for what your kids/grandkids say. Use every little incident in your life for letters, sparkle for fiction. Sell your life in bite-sized pieces.

Saturday 2nd October 13.00-15.45 hours
University Centre Hastings (UCH), Havelock Road, Hastings
Elements of the short story
Tutor: Lynne Hackles

Discover the recipe for writing successful short stories – which ingredients to use and what to leave out. How to leave it to cook for a while and then share it with editors who are hungry for good work.

Cost: Non-members: £8 per single workshop or £15 if attending both; Members: £5 per workshop.

About the Tutor: Entertaining and inspiring, Lynne's publications include a novel for young adults, several non-fiction books about writing, around four hundred short stories and she is well known for her regular columns in Writing Magazine. She has tutored various creative writing classes and for a leading home study course, also given talks and led workshops to groups all over the UK. (For more info visit )

Saturday 30th October 10.00-13.00 hours
Meeting Room, United Reformed Church, Robertson Street, Hastings

Seminar: Exploring Women and Madness in Fiction
Tutor: Elizabeth Allen

Why are there so many madwomen in fiction and what is the nature of their madness? What techniques do writers use to represent madness? There will be the opportunity to look in detail at extracts from novels and short stories, including Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys’s ‘re-writing’ of Jane Eyre which gives us another perspective on the madwoman in the attic. This workshop/seminar promises to be popular with places going quickly.

Cost: £8 non-members; £5 members

About the Tutor: Elizabeth Allen is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Cultural Studies at Regent’s College, London. She has also run day schools locally for the WEA (detective fiction and novel into film) and will be running further detective fiction sessions in the autumn and spring. She judged HWG’s crime story competition earlier this year and gave some extremely useful feedback.
For further info or to request booking form for any of the above please e-mail

Sunday, 5 September 2010


5th                      Manuscript Evening to discuss members’ work in progress
                        4 places + 1 reserve, to be booked in advance
                        Also, entries for the front cover  of our Strandline anthology
will be judged this evening by group members
19th                  Competition 4: Review (entries)
Write a review of a book/film/TV programme/show/play of your choice in 750 words maximum

2nd                  Workshop: ‘Limits and Blocks’ with Life Coach David Finn
Understanding where our limitations come from and how to move beyond them and tap into a greater potential.
NB Limited guest spaces may be available by arrangement for this workshop.
16th                  Competition 4: Review (results)
Judge: Lynda Turner from the Bexhill Observer will attend to give feedback and results as well as an overview about working as a reporter/

6th                   An evening with our patron, novelist Tamara McKinley
Tamara will talk about planning and constructing your writing as well as answering any questions (these may be forwarded in advance to
20th                  Competition 5: Monologue (entries)
Write in the first person, relating your thoughts, opinions, feelings or anecdotes etc as if speaking to someone else, an audience, or even to yourself!
Open theme 1500 words maximum.:

4th                    Guest Speaker: Nicola Crossley from Orion
An overview of how a publishing house operates and the Young Publishers Association (to be confirmed)
18th                  Competition No 5: Monologue (results)
Representatives of Eastbourne Writers’ Group, judges of this competition, will attend to give feedback and results. If time, they will also talk about their programme this year so we can exchange ideas.

1st                    AGM/Programme Planning Meeting
An opportunity for all members to be involved in putting forward, discussing and voting on group issues and ideas for next year. This is an important double-meeting, please make a special effort to attend.
15th                  Catherine Cookson Cup Short Story Competition (entries)
Open theme,  3000 words maximum
Please note this competition is only open to members who have attended a minimum of 4 previous meetings.
Judge author Patrick Lennon will give feedback and results at the Presentation Evening i in December.
29th                  Workshop: ‘Every Object Tells a Story’ with Monica Percy
                        A fun ‘writing on the spot’ workshop for our last group meeting of the year.
10th  (Friday)  Annual Presentation Evening with Buffet
A look back at our writing year, presentation of prizes for our internal competitions and to any of our Legend Writing Award winners able to attend. Guest judge Patrick Lennon will give results of the Catherine Cookson Cup competition.
                        Tickets will be available from 1st November meeting.