Our Next Meeting

Thursday 12 July 2018

The Art of the Short Story – Juliet West and Claire Fuller

Claire FullerJuliet WestIn this talk and workshop session, novelists Juliet West and Claire Fuller will outline the essential ingredients of a short story, as well as lead the audience through exercises in creative writing. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn from two skilful writers who have both enjoyed great success using this form.

Juliet West’s short story credits include Beauty in the Bog, winner of the H E Bates Prize 2009 and subsequently published in the Sunday Times online magazine. Her first novel, Before the Fall, was described by Alison Macleod as being ‘As poignant as it is powerful’. Her second novel, The Faithful, also historical fiction, was published in 2016. Juliet grew up in Worthing, West Sussex, and studied History at Cambridge University. She worked as a journalist before taking an MA in Creative Writing at Chichester University, where she graduated with distinction and won the Kate Betts’ Memorial Prize.

Claire Fuller’s many credits for short stories include A Quiet Tidy Man, which won the Royal Academy and Pin Drop short story prize 2016. She is a novelist and artist as well as a short fiction writer, and her first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize. Her second novel, Swimming Lessons, was shortlisted for the Encore prize, and her third, Bitter Orange will be published in August. Originally, she studied sculpture at Winchester School of Art and began writing at the age of 40. She has a Masters (distinction) in Creative and Critical Writing from The University of Winchester.


All meetings are at Goring Methodists Church Hall - start at 7:30pm

Meetings are open to all - Saver members - Free; Members - £3;  Non-Members / Guests - £5 (unless otherwise stated)



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West Sussex Writers and the Steyning Bookshop, in conjunction with the Steyning Festival, are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2018 Steyning Festival Short Story Award is Tracy Fells with her story A Keepers Telling.

The award was announced by judges Elly Griffiths and Simon Brett on June 7th at the Sussex Produce Café in Steyning as part of the festival. Many congratulations to Tracy and to all the finalists. You can find the details and the winning stories here.

Winner A Keeper's Telling  Tracy Fells
Second Rebuffed  Michael Fleming
Third Revolution  Rachel Swabey

We would like to thank everyone who entered and all those who helped to deliver the competition.



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 Coast Lines Anthology

Celebrating 80 years of West Sussex Writers, this anthology features short stories and poems from 35 members, spanning many styles and genres. Coast Lines is available in paperback This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or on Kindle via Amazon.

Includes work from the following writers - Sue Ajax-Lewis, Alison Batcock, Terence Brand, Rose Bray, Ian C. Black, Caroline Collingridge, Suzanne Conboy-Hill, Richard Buxton, Paul Doran, Derek Eastwood, Liz Eastwood, John Falconer, Patricia Feinberg Stoner, Rhona Gorringe, Patricia Graham, Wendy Greene, Pat Hopper, Jackie Harvey, Alison Hawes, Lyn C. Jennings, Audrey Lee, Alexander Medwell, Laurie Morris, Christine Mustchin, Janet Rogers, Kathy Schilbach, Dave Simpson, Cherrie Taylor, Lela Tredwell, Nina Tucknott, Andrew Westgate, Terry Westwood, Phil Williams and Sandra Wood-Jones.

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