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The Hampshire Writers’ Society
The Hampshire Writers’ Society welcomes all writers in Hampshire and reaches out to the broadest community, interacting with a unique and growing sector of aspiring writers, identifying new writers and engaging young people by encouraging an interest in writing creatively and critically.
13th November, 2018: Heather Holden Brown – The Path to Publication
Competition: An air crash survivor’s account of the last two minutes in the air. 300 words (Deadline 25th October, 2018)11th December, 2018: Penny Ingham – Researching, Writing and Publishing Historical Fiction
Competition: Write a diary entry from an archaeologist who finds an interesting object in a field on Christmas day. 300 words (Deadline 25th November, 2018)

8th January, 2019: Lucy Courtenay – Getting Started in Writing an Illustrated Children’s Book
Competition: Write ten New Year resolutions in the style of a YA character. 300 words (Deadline 21st December, 2018)

13th February, 2019: Edward Docx – How to Write a Novel in 45 Mins
Competition: ‘A last letter from a parent to their child. 300 words’ adjudicator is Claire Fuller (Deadline 25th January, 2019)

12th March, 2019: Judy Waite – Creative Curiosity
Competition: Rewrite the opening of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice for the social media age. 300 words (Deadline 25th February, 2019)

9th April, 2019: Neil Arksey – Going Incognito Finding An Agent
Competition: Write the outline of a plot for a TV drama. 300 words (Deadline 25th March, 2019)

14th May, 2019: Stevyn Colgan – An Englishman’s Home is his Cackle: Where has all the literary laughter gone?
Competition: Write a scene for a farcical murder mystery. 300 words (Deadline 25th April, 2019)

11th June, 2019 Simon Hall – Writing Crime, Reporting Crime
Competition: Write a journalist’s report of a crime involving an unusual criminal. 300 words (Deadline 25th May, 2019)

Check the HWS website for regular updates and more information about the events.

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Other Events

Webinar with Vanessa Harbour
Friday, 26 October
7:00 pm
Vanessa Harbour is taking part in a live webinar hosted by this coming Friday evening, 26 October at 19:00, where they will chat all things creative writing at the University of Winchester, Golden Egg and her inspiring journey to becoming published.

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Writing History as Fiction
Thursday, 22 November
6:00 pm
Dr Vanessa Harbour will also be speaking at an upcoming University of Winchester ‘Tavern Talk’. She will be talking about the issues writers face when ‘Writing History as Fiction’. Dr Harbour is a writer whose recent novel Flight was published by Firefly Press in August and was described by the New Statesman as “an adventure mixing horses and Nazis” which balances its “gripping plot” with “real-life inspiration”. She will suggest that, as a writer, she aims to create narratives that engage the imagination using voices that are unlikely to have left any written records behind them, as she tells the stories of the invisible characters of history.

Tavern Talks are aimed at providing a space for constructive discussion and creative interaction that shifts the emphasis from the fusty to the fun, and welcome all who’d like to take part.  No need to book, just turn up!