Hastings Writers’ Group

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ON Monday, February 3 we held one of our regular Manuscript Evening, where members are invited to present sections of their work in progress to the rest of the group for constructive critique.

Facilitated by Kate O’Hearn, the session gave rise to lively discussion. Three people occupied the ‘Hot seat’, Emma Boyde, with a chapter from her novel about young surfers in Cornwall, Bill Petsing, with an extract from his memoirs about life in the 1930s, and Mike Rayner, with a disquieting but enthralling short story/novella which was part fantasy, and part fairy tale.

Although Manuscript Evenings may be nerve-wracking, people who submit work find them very valuable, as do those who discuss the pieces.

We were also please to welcome one new member and two prospective members.

Hastings Writers’ Group meets fortnightly at the White Rock Hotel. The group is currently fully subscribed, but if you would like to know more about our activities or to be put on our membership waiting list, please email membership.HWG@gmail.com or telephone Stephanie Gaunt on 01424 252888.

Our current anthology Animal Writes, which benefits RSPCA Bluebell Ridge and also Dogs for the Disabled can be purchased on-line from our website, www.hastingswriters.co.uk. You can also find our page on Facebook.