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Writers Workshops

Our highly popular workshop programmes run for ten weeks, with ​one 90 minute session per week. Each workshop is divided between a discussion of writing craft and technique, and a workshopping session, while writing exercises and suggested reading materials are provided every week. As well as feedback from their fellow group members, each writer receives two full editorial critiques from the course tutor each term.

A friendly, supportive atmosphere is guaranteed, and the workshops are suitable for writers working in any form. Writers of every level of experience are welcome at all The Hastings Writers Workshop writers workshops, and some of the very positive things previous and existing members have said about the workshops can be read here

It is our aim that those who take part in our workshop programmes emerge as more confident writers than when they began, with a greater awareness of writing craft and technique. The workshops therefore involve a considerable amount of reading and writing outside the sessions themselves, and to get the most out of the programme, we would recommend being able to dedicate a minimum of 90 minutes a week to reading (both of the set reading material and weekly submissions from group members), writing exercises and other preparation.

All our writers workshops take place in our studio space at the Electric Palace cinema in the heart of Hastings Old Town. And as part of our partnership with another Hastings cultural institution, the brilliant Hastings Bookshop, workshop members are entitled to a 15% discount on books bought in the shop, during and for one month after the programme.

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We're delighted to announce our autumn workshop programmes for new members are now available to book:

Writers workshop (Tuesday mornings): 19/9/23 to 21/11/23, 10-11.30am.  

Writers workshop (Wednesday evenings): 20/9/23 to 22/11/23, 6.30-8pm.  


Each ten-week workshop programme costs £180, and you can book your place here. We are also happy to offer two reduced price places in each group for those who are unwaged or on a low income. To book a reduced price place, or for general enquiries, please get in touch at or via the contact page.

Note: for those who've already completed one or more workshop programme with us, our workshops for existing members are available to book here, under the returning members tab.

Course Tutor

James Young is a writer from Belfast. His short stories have appeared in a wide range of publications, and been shortlisted for the Sean O'Faolain, Wasafiri, Fish, and Bath prizes. He is the editor of Short Fiction literary journal, and has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College, University of London. 

He is also a translator, and won the 2022 Peirene Stevns Translation Prize. His translation of The Love of Singular Men, a novel by Brazilian author Victor Heringer, is available now from all good bookshops.

Previously a journalist, he has written for Rolling Stone, The Observer, The Independent, Sports Illustrated and many other sites and publications.

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