Our Next Meeting

Thursday 10 May 2018

Collaborative Scriptwriting with Julie Everton & Josie Melia

 Have you ever thought about collaborating with another writer on a project? What are the pros and cons of this process and what can we learn about ourselves as writers by working closely with someone else? Julie Everton and Josie Melia will talk about how they co-wrote their play ‘The Bombing of the Grand Hotel’ based on a real life event within living history in their own home town. They will discuss their process from having the initial idea together, through interviews and research, developing dramatic characters, storylines and dialogue and bringing it to the stage.  

Josie Melia has also written ‘What Would Helen Mirren Do?’  ‘Feis’ (UK Film Council award) and plays performed at Theatre 503, Brighton and Steyning Festivals, NYT Festival and more.

Julie Everton has also written plays for Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Chelsea Centre Theatre, TV and radio. She is currently senior lecturer in scriptwriting at Brighton University.


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)



Steyning Festival 2018 Short Story Award

Many thanks to all who entered the Steyning Festival 2018 Short Story Award, the longlist is published below and is anonymous since judging is ongoing for the shortlist. If you are on the longlist, congratulations!

Please do not unblind yourself on social media by associating your name with the story title.

When the shortlist is published, the writers’ names will be included for both the longlist and the shortlist.

If you have not made the longlist, commiserations and thank you for your entry. We received 141 stories from across Sussex and the standard was very high. There were many that just missed out and we have made the longlist a little longer than planned due to the high number of entries.

We are aiming to publish the shortlist by May 7th, at which time the 6 shortlisted entrants will receive their free invites to the awards event in Steyning, which will be held on the evening of Thursday June 7th.

Tickets for the event will go on sale on the Steyning Festival site on April 20th.


The Longlist - Steyning Festival 2018 Short Story Award

A Keeper's Telling  -  Apple Crumble  -  Crown Above Star  -  Down the Aisle  -  Every Day's a Pink Day  -  Fieldwork  -  Following Mr Wharton  -  Gift  -  I See You  -  Identity  -  In the Bricklayers Arms  -  Let me Tell You What I Did  -  Marianne  -  Music Box  -  Plotted Crab  -  Rebuffed  -  Revolution  -  Sideline  -  Tembo  -  The Children's Hour  -  The Spell  -  Tides  -  Tulem


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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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