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The Winchester Reading Series

The following speaker talks/readings are hosted by the MA Creative Writing programmes at the University of Winchester and take place at 6pm in St Alphege Building 301, on the main King Alfred campus, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR

Each talk is open to the public and free to attend. No need to book. Any queries, contact and do check this site for updates.

13 March, 2018: Sarah Crossan, Carnegie Medal winning author of YA novels One, The Weight of Water, Apple and Rain, and Moonrise

20 March, 2018: Will Eaves, poet and author of several books including The Absent Therapist, Nothing to be Afraid of, and The Inevitable Gift Shop


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.
Upcoming Meetings:
13th March, 2018: Helen Dennis – Writing Adventures for Children
Competition: Write 300 words, for readers aged 9-12, about an incredible secret that if discovered could change the planet or the people on it.
10th April, 2018: Margaret Graham – Exploration of Structure
Competition: Write a scene in which a lost shoe is returned. 300 words
8th May, 2018: Erica James and Kate Espiner – Challenges and Rewards of Writing Bestsellers
Competition: First 300 words of a novel for women’s fiction.
12th June, 2018: Lisa Jewell – Publishing and Writing
Competition: Write a flash fiction story set in a communal garden. 300 words
For information on the next Hampshire Writers’ Society event and to book a place, please visit:



Writers’ & Artists’ ‘How to Hook an Agent’ Lunches

14 April, 2018
23 June, 2018

To attract the attention of an agent, you need to understand how to “pitch” your work, what your covering letter needs to contain, and make sure your synopsis and opening chapters contains everything required to give yourself the best possible chance of capturing the agent’s attention.

These incredibly popular half-day events with four top UK literary agents provide the perfect opportunity for you to ask all the questions you need on preparing for the submission process, and also include an invaluable one-to-one session with an agent of your choice.
To book: