Hampshire Writers’ Society next event Tuesday 14th June from 6.30pm

Tuesday 14th June

Book Fair from 6.30pm

Talks from 7.30pm

Stripe Studio 2, University of Winchester

Speaker: Tamar Hodes

Talk: Life Drawing, Life Writing

Special Guests: authors B. Random (Gill Hollands) and Mark Eyles

HWS Members entry to the evening events included with membership
Non members £10;
Students £2
Networking from 6.30pm

In life drawing classes there is a model, but when we write we have no such model, so where do our ideas come from? And how can experiences be turned into fiction? Using her story ‘The Pigeon’, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, writer Tamar Hodes will show us how she used a real incident as a basis for her work, combining fact with imagination and technique. She will also read from her latest novel Mixed. Tamar’s books – Raffy’s Shapes, The Watercress Wife and Other Stories, The Water and the Wine, and Mixed will be on sale and she will happily sign copies.

Special Guest: B. Random (Gill Hollands)

A passion for sci-fi/ fantasy  as a teenager led to her writing a first book aged fourteen. After a family and a career in law and medicine, came a chance to return to her first love for writing. Her inspirations come from science, wildlife and nature, especially the sea. She has been a member of the Hampshire Writers’ Society since its inception. The appeal of living in another world, escaping from the mundane, endures.  Delighting in the weird and wonderful, sharing glorious flights of imagination, she draws you into fantasy lands and darkest emotion. The style will take your breath away and make you smile. Expect a vivid roller-coaster of action, emotion and the unexpected. For her, the writer’s reward is to take other people into that brand new world and show them its magic.

Special Guest: Mark Eyles  – How to publish an ebook on Amazon.
In this short talk Mark Eyles explains the steps he took to self-publish his first novel, Icefall Cities, on Amazon. He highlights some important considerations and signposts where to find out more.
You can find out more about Mark and his book at http://www.eyles.co.uk

HWS May Writing Competition
Write a memoir style sci-fi story.
Adjudicator: Sci-fi writer, B. Random
Deadline: 31st May midnight
Word count: 300 words max.
Fee: Free entry to paid up members of HWS
Please check the HWS website for the rules before submitting.
Results on 14th June 

Elane Retford and Sarah Post from I AM in Print are organising the Writing Festival in Winchester. The Writers’ Weekend held in previous years is now called the I AM Writing Festival, run by I AM in Print. Booking is now open for the 2022 event at www.iaminprint.co.uk

Keeping you safe: Latest Covid Safety Guidance from the University of Winchester
Updated 24th February 

Events and gatherings

  • In line with guidance from Department for Health and Social Care, the UK Government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may encounter other people you do not normally meet.
  • Visitors are asked to stay away if unwell and encouraged to wear a face covering on campus in line with guidance.

Antiviral mist is sprayed around room after classes have vacated.
Hand sanitiser and some masks will be available outside the room.
Where possible doors and windows will be open to provide good ventilation. Please wear suitable warm clothing so you will feel comfortable in the ventilated space. 
All members and visitors are required to sign in on arrival.

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. 

HWS Blog

We are always looking for interesting interviews, book reviews or articles about writing or publishing for the HWS Blog. If you are interested in writing or submitting articles for the HWS Blog, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch!

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Early Bird Special Deal
for Membership Subscription of HWS from
September 2022- August 2023
If you renew your subscription or wish to become a member for the 2022/2023 season before 31st August, you pay £35 instead of £40. The fee for annual membership from 1st September will be £40. 
Student membership is £12 for the year. 
(Non Members pay £10 per event. Non member students pay £2 per event) 

You can pay by BAC online or by card at one of our events. Please contact Membership Secretary, Catherine Griffin, for bank details or more information.

The subscription includes:
  • Membership from September 2022 until August 2023
  • Free entry to the monthly HWS writing competitions
  • Free membership of the HWS critique group ( meets online 3rd Tuesday of month)
  • A stall at the Book Fair (December and June) for published members, includes self published.
  • Entry to our events on Tuesday evenings.

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