Hastings Writers’ Group

ON Monday, September 3 we gathered to present our entries for the last of our five competitive exercises for 
2012.

The points awarded to the best entries for each of the competitions are added together, and the person with the highest score wins the accolade of Writer of the Year.

We gathered that the scores this year are close, and the ultimate result hinges on this last competition.

Our challenge was to write the opening chapter of a novel for children, and 13 members submitted entries.

As ever, with our group, it was fascinating to listen to the wide variety of creative ideas and approaches to the task.

We had things that go bump in the string bean patch, a search for smugglers in Hastings, family life with the zombies, gritty realism with missing children, parents splitting up and scary school bullies, tales of magic and mystery, and science fiction.

We heard how Pedro the tortoise got a shell suit for his birthday, and about the seagull that wouldn’t fly.

We will have to wait a few weeks for our results – until after our Annual General Meeting, which happens on October 1.

Members were reminded that this is our chance to elect new committee members, and to put forward our suggestions for next year’s programme of meetings.

The group meets fortnightly at the White Rock Hotel.

If you are interested in joining (there is currently a waiting list), or in finding out more about our activities, please contact the membership secretary, Amanda Giles, on 01424 442707 or email membership.hwg@gmail.com. You can also visit our website at www.hastingswriters.co.uk.