Meetings Coming Up

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)



Thursday 13 September 2018

Annual General Meeting 2018


Annual General Meeeting will be followed with a selection of members' writing - this will include winners of the Short Story Competition and an Open Mic




Thursday 11 October 2018

Elly Griffiths

An Evening with Elly Griffiths                          


Elly Griffiths is the writer of two highly successful book series: the Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries, and the Stephens & Mephisto novels. At latest count there were ten of the former and three of the latter. She’s such a prolific author that there may well be more by the time Elly comes to speak to us in the autumn.
Elly describes herself as having done all the right things to become a writer: She read English at King’s College London and, after graduating, worked in a library, for a magazine and then as a publicity assistant at HarperCollins, eventually becoming Editorial Director for children’s books.
Before becoming known as mystery writer Elly Griffiths, she had already published four books set in Italy under her given name of Domenica de Rosa. She turned to crime, and Ruth Galloway, when walking the marshes of Norfolk with her archeologist husband.
Read more about Elly here






Thursday 8 November 2018

Zoe Mitchell

                 Excavating the past for poetry - with Zoe Mitchell


In this talk and workshop session, poet Zoe Mitchell will discuss the value of using history and mythology as a means of expressing modern concerns through poetry. Her talk will include a discussion of various research techniques used to generate inspiration, how to shape a poem and a number of workshop exercises. Zoe will be sharing examples from leading poets and her own work. As a prolific writer, Zoe will also share her techniques for maintaining motivation and generating the creative spark which supports her writing She will offer thoughts on the importance of taking work public and her personal process for managing submissions to magazines.

Zoe Mitchell is a poet and a PhD student at the University of Chichester. She previously studied for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, where she graduated with distinction and received the Kate Betts Memorial Prize. Zoe has a passion for history and a fascination with the beliefs and stories of the past. Her MA thesis focused on the clash of people and cultures during the Roman invasion and the impact on Celts and Ancient Britons. Her Creative Writing PhD is focused on witches and their presentation by female poets. Zoe is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in a number of prestigious magazines including The Rialto, The Moth and The London Magazine. She was commissioned to write poems for the Chalk Poets Anthology which she performed at the Winchester Poetry Festival in 2016.

Read more about Zoe here.



Thursday 13 December 2018

Gerry stand upA Christmas Celebration                          



We plan to have short pieces from various members through this evening. We will kick off with our headline, Gerry Thompson, talking about writing comedy.

This meeting will be held in the basement bar of the Charles Dickens, Heene Road, Worthing - More details to follow.

Gerry Thompson is an Irish standup comedian, humorist, poet and best-selling author, whose books have sold over half a million copies in 30 languages worldwide. His humorous titles include the parody of human relationship, Cats are from Venus, Dogs are from Mars.
Gerry runs Positive Comedy Training, coaching writers and other professionals in writing with humour and speaking/ performance skills. Positive Comedy is in 2018 top ten UK humour blogs and websites.





Thursday 10 January 2019

Melanie Whipman

             Short Story Masterclass with Melanie Whipman

Melanie Whipman will run a Short Story Masterclass for West Sussex Writers, a motivational and inspirational workshop aimed at all aspiring writers, whether you’re a total beginner or whether you have already had some publishing success. Through a series of tutor-led exercises and informal group discussions, we’ll be looking at what makes a story come to life, how to create structure and narrative tension, and the art of developing complex characters in this compressed form.
Melanie is a writer, editor and teacher, specialising in the short story form. Her work has been broadcast on Radio 4 and published in numerous literary and commercial magazines and anthologies including, among many others: Corazon Books, Popshot Magazine, Bare Fiction, Unthank Books, The Bristol Prize, Cinnamon Press and The New Writer Magazine. For a full list of credits visit Melanie's Website.

Melanie is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester; leads creative writing workshops in Farnham, and is commissioning editor for The Story Player. Her debut short story collection, Llama Sutra, was published in 2016. It was the winner of the Rubery International Book Award short story category and was a contender for the 2017 Edge Hill Prize. She is currently editing her novel, which was written during her MA in Creative Writing, and which was awarded the Kate Betts Prize.

Melanie grew up in Brighton and has lived in London, France, Israel and Germany. She now lives in a village near Guildford with her teenage twins, cat and mad Irish Setter.