Hello All Writers

Hampshire Writers’ Society
A Series of Occasional Online Events, 2020-21
Tamar Hodes, Turning Life into Fiction
Thursday, 10th September, 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. (online; free admission)

To join the Zoom meeting, please contact us and a link will be sent to you.

Tamar Hodes will be talking about her novel The Water and the Wine (Hookline Books, 2018). Set on the Greek island of Hydra in the sixties, this work explores the lives of the artists and writers who lived there, with special focus on Leonard Cohen and his muse and lover, Marianne Ihlen. The author also lived on Hydra as a child, and the focus of her talk will be on how we can turn real experiences into fiction. How can we tell our stories, when they are also the stories of others? Do we have a right to use this material?

Tamar’s talk will be followed by a short question-and-answer session.

Tamar was our scheduled speaker for June 2020, so we are delighted she has agreed to take part in the first online event for the  HWS.

HWS Chairman, Dr Gary Farnell will host the meeting. We are pleased to report Zoom have temporarily lifted the 40-minute limit on meetings.

Update from the Hampshire Writers’ Society Organising Committee

Warmest wishes to all members of the Hampshire Writers’ Society from the Society’s Organising Committee.
It has been a long time since we last met, in the Stripe Theatre, in March. It had been hoped that it would be possible to launch our new season which had been planned for September 2020 to June 2021. But the Society has been advised that, under present circumstances, it would not be wise to hold large meetings in the Stripe Theatre at the University of Winchester.
The Society’s Organising Committee has therefore taken the decision to postpone the proposed 2020-21 season for one year. Many of the speakers who have been confirmed for the new season have kindly said that they would like to come to us one year later than originally planned.
In the meantime, the Society will run a series of occasional online events with invited speakers, together with a series of writing competitions; the Society’s Critique group, where Society members discuss their works-in-progress, has moved online and will continue with its meetings.
There will be no membership fees in the period September 2020 to June 2021: our plans are to return to our schedule of monthly Stripe Theatre meetings, with membership fees, in September 2021. Further details regarding the above series of online events, writing competitions and Critique group meetings will be published shortly. We hope you will be able to join us again in the activities which will take place in the coming weeks and months.

The Hampshire Writers’ Society  Committee sends its very best wishes to you all at this challenging time.

Stay safe! Keep writing!

Opportunities for Writers

Please check the HWS Facebook Page for writing updates and opportunities to submit your work. www.facebook.com/HampshireWriters
There are a number of organisations e.g. competitions, agents, publishers, theatres and BBC asking for submissions. Always check the details and rules of entry, some are quite specific to location, age and experience.

News from YOU!

Please let us know what you have been up to during the past few months.  For many people,  it has been an ideal time to focus on their writing projects.


The Hampshire Writers’ Society welcomes all aspiring and published writers wherever they live.

The annual subscription fee for membership of the Hampshire Writers’ Society has been suspended for the current season September 2020 to August 2021.

If you would like to receive the newsletter with details of writing opportunities, local events and competitions please contact us.

We hope to resume our normal programme of events from September  2021 when the annual subscription fee will be £35, free to students and visitors pay £6 per event

The subscription includes:

  • Membership for the season September 2021 until August 2022
  • Free entry to the monthly HWS writing competitions (10 competitions)
  • Free membership of the HWS critique group
  • A stall at the Book Fair (December and June) for published members, includes self published
  • Entry to our events on Tuesday evenings.
  • Free membership to students with their student card

 To help you get started, here are some quick links:

View the programme

Apply for membership

Meet the committee

Contact us