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A brilliant, informative course which I have benefited from hugely. I'll definitely be coming back for more next term!

- Halina, workshop member

I found the workshop amazing, it got me back into writing and taught me so much. I'd often go home buzzing with inspiration and ideas.

- Millie, workshop member

Well worth the money - a great experience.

- Joshua, workshop member

James gives amazingly thorough and helpful feedback. The reading materials and exercises have been inspiring and illuminating. I would recommend the workshops to anyone who is interested in writing, especially if they lack confidence. It's a real boost.

- Lauren, workshop member

An excellent foundation that sets the scene for writing and exploring literature in a deep, considered way.

- Matt, workshop member

I have been inspired to write more as a result of the workshop and have definitely gained confidence in my writing.

- Hannah, workshop member

Bin off expensive MFA courses and do this programme instead! The Hastings Writers Workshop is exceptional. James is a brilliant facilitator – warm, encouraging and passionate about supporting you to find your voice. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

- Eve, workshop member

A brilliant opportunity to be shown through key texts and techniques that can immediately be put to use.

- Claire, workshop member

I really enjoyed this workshop and James is a fantastic tutor...the group is so friendly and safe which I think is down to James's warm leading.

- Georgie, workshop member

Well-structured and fun and the tutor James Young is superb.

- Jenny, workshop member

Excellent value for money.

– Victoria, workshop member

They have changed my life (for the better!).

- Dervla, workshop member

One hundred per cent brilliant. Excellent value for money.

– Jo, workshop member


- Dawn, workshop member

Excellent - would highly recommend and would love to do it again.

- Rebekah, workshop member

Your class has made a real difference to my life and it has been a privilege to be your student. I've made new friends and made my writing better because of you.

- Axel, workshop member

Excellent - I talk so much about it at home.

– John, workshop member

Fantastic - I loved it.

– Paddy, workshop member

Excellent - a very high level of material and experience shared.

- Jon, workshop member

I loved the workshop and it quickly became the highlight of my week.

- Rebecca, workshop member

James’s feedback is always brilliantly insightful and makes me view my work with fresh eyes. The entire workshop experience was excellent.

- Georgina, workshop member

Brilliant, thought-provoking.

– Rachel, workshop member

Well worth the time and cost – inspiring.

- Sandy, workshop member

Very positive and supportive - helped reengage me with my own writing fears and ways of overcoming them.

- Philip, workshop member

Excellent. James was a very encouraging teacher and it felt like we were in safe hands.

- Amanda, workshop member

I would highly recommend this course to both beginners and to more established writers. The experience was so inspiring.

– Holly, workshop member

Excellent. Would definitely recommend it to anyone.

– Helen, workshop member

Really enjoyable and I feel I learned a lot in a short space of time.

– Maria, workshop member

I really enjoyed it and would recommend.

– Effie, workshop member

Excellent. I appreciated getting my work critiqued and exploring the writing process with a lively group.

- Sarah, workshop member

Informative, educational, stimulating, motivational. 10/10.

- Lucy, workshop member 

I found them (the workshops) inspiring.

- Fiona, workshop member

Very enjoyable and engaging.

– Edwina, workshop member

Really useful and informative, I've learnt so much, very inspiring.

- Tracy, workshop member

Brilliant - productive - interesting - learnt so much.

- Sheila, workshop member

Excellent. I've been to a few and these are the best.

- Kay, workshop member

Very positive experience. James offered great readings, exercises and suggestions for things to try.

– Tom, workshop member


– Bella, workshop member 

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