Writers Workshops

This highly popular workshop programme runs for ten weeks, with ​one 90 minute session per week, and includes discussions on elements of writing craft, writing exercises and feedback sessions, while each writer also receives two full editorial critiques from the course leader each term. A friendly, supportive atmosphere is guaranteed, and the workshops are suitable for writers working in any form, and of all levels of experience, including those just beginning their writing journey. Some of the nice things members have said about the workshops can be read here

Workshops for new members are held at either the fantastic The Hastings Bookshop, or the fabulous Cake Room (with incredible coffee, teas, cakes and even cocktails available to purchase), both in the Trinity Triangle area of Hastings, while workshops for returning members take place at the brilliant Rose Cottage Studio, in Gotham Alley, behind Hastings Library. As part of a partnership with The 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 Leader

James Young is a writer from Belfast. His short fiction has appeared in a wide range of publications, and he has been shortlisted for the Sean O'Faolain, Wasafiri, Fish, and Bath short story 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 a Portuguese to English translator, and won the 2022 Peirene Stevns Translation Prize for Literary Translation. His translation of "O Amor Dos Homens Avulsos" ("The Love of Singular Men") by the Brazilian author Victor Heringer will be published by Peirene Press in 2023.


We have two new workshop groups this autumn, on Tuesday evenings at The Hastings Bookshop (starting October 4th) and on Thursday evenings at the Cake Room (starting October 6th). Both run from 6.30 to 8pm. The ten-week programme costs £140, and places can be booked here. We also offer two reduced price places for unwaged writers or those on a low income – please email james@hastingswritersworkshop.com for details, or with any other queries, or get in touch via the contact page

Note: a daytime workshop is currently at the planning stage – please get in touch if interested! 

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