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Writers Workshops

We are pleased to offer three types of writers workshop starting in January 2024. All take place at our fabulous new home at the Palace Workspace in the heart of Hastings, and a welcoming and supportive atmosphere is guaranteed – some of the positive things previous and existing members have said about the workshops can be read here.

We offer two reduced price spaces per workshop group to those who are unwaged or on a low income. To enquire about these places, or with any other questions, please get in touch via the contact page, or at james@hastingswritersworkshop.com.

Additionally, as part of our partnership with the brilliant The Hastings Bookshop, workshop members are entitled to a 15% discount on books bought in the shop, during their programme and for one month afterwards.

A note on our workshops: while we offer three types of writers workshop, these do not neatly follow traditional beginner, intermediate and advanced categories. We recommend all new members, irrespective of their level of experience, join one of our Writers Workshop I groups, unless specifically seeking the more intensive feedback-focused structure of our Advanced group. Our Continuing Study group, meanwhile, is aimed at those who've completed Writers Workshop 1, and want to further their knowledge of writing craft and technique. If you aren't sure which workshop is right for you, do get in touch via the contact page or at james@hastingswritersworkshop.com. Thanks!

Writers Workshop I

 

On this ten-week course you will study elements of writing craft and technique by responding to articles and essays on writing and through the close reading of short stories and extracts from longer works, while weekly writing exercises will inspire your creativity. You will submit your own work, and receive feedback – from your fellow workshop members and the course tutor, in the form of an extended feedback/editorial report – twice per term. The workshop programme is suitable for both experienced writers and those beginning their writing journey, although due to the intensive nature of the course, it is recommended that participants are able to dedicate at least two hours a week – outside the sessions themselves and their own writing practice – to reading, writing exercises and other preparation.

Wednesdays, 9.55 to 11.30am, from 24/1/24 to 3/4/24 (ten workshop sessions, with a mid-term reading week (no session) on a date to be agreed amongst group members)

Wednesdays, 6.25 to 8pm, from 24/1/24 to 3/4/24 (ten workshop sessions, with a mid-term reading week (no session) on a date to be agreed amongst group members)

Price: £190

Both our writers workshops for new members are now fully-booked and in progress - please get in touch via the contact page or at james@hastingswritersworkshop.com to add your name to our mailing list and find out about next term's workshops.

Writers Workshop – Continuing Study

 

Suitable for those who have completed one or more previous terms at The Hastings Writers Workshop, on this ten-week course you will continue to study elements of writing craft and technique through the close reading of texts to inform and inspire. You will again receive weekly writing exercises to stimulate your creative expression, develop your own writing projects by submitting work twice a term, and hone your skill at providing feedback by responding to the work of others.

Mondays, 6.25 to 8pm, from 22/1/24 to 8/4/24 (ten workshop sessions, with a mid-term reading week (no session) on a date to be agreed amongst group members, and no class on Easter Monday, 1/4/24)

Price: £190

Our continuing study writers workshop is now in progress - please get in touch via the contact page or at james@hastingswritersworkshop.com to add your name to our mailing list and find out about next term's workshops.

 

Writers Workshop - Advanced

While the advanced workshop group will continue to respond to and discuss elements of writing craft and technique, members will dedicate significantly more time to their own work, submitting, and receiving supportive and constructive feedback on, three pieces of work per term. You will be committed to a regular writing practice (you may be working on a novel or memoir, a series of short stories, or another longform project, for example) and will have developed your feedback and critiquing skills to an advanced level over at least two terms at The Hastings Writers Workshop, by undertaking similar courses of study elsewhere, or though your own extensive writing experience and critical reflection. Please note that places on the advanced workshop group are by application only. Please contact james@hastingswritersworkshop.com for further information.

Thursdays, 6.25 to 8pm, from 25/1/24 to 4/4/24 (ten workshop sessions, with a mid-term reading week (no session) on a date to be agreed amongst group members)

Price: £190

Our advanced writers workshop is now in progress - please get in touch via the contact page or at james@hastingswritersworkshop.com to add your name to our mailing list and find out about next term's workshops.

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 with distinction 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 the 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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