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 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.




Thursday 14 February

Manuscript Surgery & Open Mic

The February meeting will be split into two halves and will have a tenuously romatice theme to match the date; or not.

The first half will be a manuscript Surgery. This will consist of up to 4 manuscripts from members, read in groups and then discussed critically within the group. Those members who wish to submit their work for the Manuscript Surgery please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to us by 27 January.

The second half of the evening will be an Open Mic. Pieces read should be up to a maximum of 5 minuteslong. Should you wish to have someone else read your work, we have had offers from a few members to do this. Please bring your Open Mic pieces along to the meeting and we will be set for a fun evening.




Thursday 14 March

Paul Holden sm             Journalism & Local History with Paul Holden

A talk on journalism, writing styles and local history from Paul Holden, the founder and editor of the Worthing Journal. Paul will take us through different techniques used in journalism, as well as his story working in various publications – before starting his own. He will also take us through some of the history of our local area and be available for questions and answers.

Paul Holden launched The Worthing Journal in 2011, after working for many years as chief reporter and news editor for The Evening Argus. He also edited The Worthing Sentinel for a decade. Paul moved to Worthing in 1983, joining the Worthing Gazette and Herald, after finishing a journalism course in London, and has written four books on Worthing and lives in Goring.



Thursday 11 April

Self Publishing Panel - with Sarah Higbee, Richard Buxton & Phil Williams

Details to Follow


Thursday 9 May

An Evening with Simon Brett

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Simon Brett is our long-standing President at West Sussex Writers. Born in 1945, Simon was educated at Dulwich College and Wadham College Oxford (First Class Honours Degree in English). He was an accomplished producer for BBC Radio Light Entertainment and London Weekend Television before becoming a full-time writer in 1979. He is the author of over a hundred books, including the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fethering and Blotto & Twinks series of crime novels. Also radio and television series including After Henry and No Commitments. He is the recipient of Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger and, in 2016, an OBE ‘for services to literature’.





Thursday 13 June

Writing Sitcoms for Radio - Harry Venning

Harry VenningHarry Venning is an award winning cartoonist, comedy writer and performer based in Brighton.
Harry’s cartoons have appeared in publications as diverse as Mathematics Today, The Radio Times, Music Teacher and The Stage.
For twenty one years he has provided The Guardian with the weekly strip cartoon Clare In The Community, based upon the misadventures of an empathy free social worker. In 2004 he developed Clare In The Community into a successful BBC Radio 4 sitcom starring Sally Philipps, which has recently been re-commissioned for a twelfth series. He is currently writing a five part comedy drama about an under-13 girls’ football team and their coach, for the Women’s Hour drama slot.
When not at a desk writing or drawing, Harry tours his cartoon workshop Release Your Inner Cartoonist around schools, theatres, arts centres and festivals.
He also works as a graphic visualizer, providing live cartoons to illustrate talks and speeches at conferences, festivals and team building events.




Thursday 11 July

Writers' Showcase

This is an opportunity for members to share their experiences with their writing. Not an evening of read work, but what the writing has led to, tips for others to follow, pitfalls for others to avoid. Where their inspiration has come from and what it has led to.

An evening sharing the writing world in all its glory and possibly its less pleasant side too. An opportuinty to find out more about fellow members and find your own inspiration for future writing projects.

Members wishing to share their writing world with us in a short exposé - up to 20 minutes including questions; this may be dependant on numbers - please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your details by the end of the June meeting - 13 June.