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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 the group, 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, though our Monday evening group is especially suitable for those just beginning, or in the early stages of, their writing journey. Some of the very positive things previous and existing members have said about the workshops can be read here

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.

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, will be published by Peirene Press in July 2023. It is available to pre-order here.

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


We are delighted to announce three writers workshops for new members beginning in May 2023:


Mondays, 6pm to 7.30pm, starting on May 8th and running until July 10th. Suitable for those in the early stages of their writing journey. 

Tuesdays, 10am to 11.30am, starting on May 9th and running until July 11th. Suitable for writers of all levels of experience.

Thursdays, 6.30pm to 8pm, starting on May 11th and running until July 13th. Suitable for more experienced writers.  

All our writers workshops cost £160, and you can book online here.

We are pleased to offer two reduced price places in each writers workshop to those who are unwaged or on a low income. Please get in touch via the contact page or at for more information, or with any other queries.

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