Hastings Writers’ Group

ON Monday, April 8 members gathered for a Creativity Workshop, led by HWG Committee member Steph Gaunt, who ran a management consultancy company in a previous life.

Steph encouraged everyone to discuss how they got their inspiration and how they motivated themselves to sit down and write, and what tips they could offer their colleagues.

In addition, we discussed why coming to a writers’ group is helpful. Members felt that as well as the company of like-minded people, the group provided structure, and opportunities to try out different styles of writing and different techniques.

As a creative writing exercise, members were each given a lucky ‘hag’ stone with a hole in, from the beach, and each person composed a haiku about their stone. The winner was Anne Hooker.

This year, the group is putting together an anthology of short pieces about animals, part of the profits from which will benefit animal charities. At the meeting, members voted on their favourite charities, and also discussed their preferred title for the new publication. Results will be announced shortly.

The Hastings Writers’ Group meets fortnightly at the White Rock Hotel. Our current group anthology, Strandline, is available at the Hastings Waterstones, in Priory Meadow.

If you are interested in joining the group, 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.