Skip to content

Past Meetings

Here you will find a brief synopsis of the presentations we have seen at the Hatchery Writers over the past few years.

  • HATCHERY WRITERS’ MEETING ON MARCH 16 - Summary of Erinna Mettler’s Workshop on Writing Fiction from Memory   There was an excellent turnout of around 20. A relaxed and happy atmosphere was maintained throughout. Erinna gave a workshop on the usefulness of memory to inspire the writer. Erinna is herself a short story writer. She began her writing career quite late and […]
  • Mandy Pannett on The Processes of Writing Poetry – 16 February 2019 - Notes Prose can waffle – not poetry.  Coleridge on poetry: the best possible words in their best possible order. In the 1990’s Mandy wrote song lyrics, developed a feel for words – hard and soft sounds, how long a line should be.  This became useful when she started writing poetry. People have commented that Mandy’s […]
  • Gail Louw presentation – Monologues in Stage Plays. November 2018 - Review of Gail Louw presentation – Monologues in Stage Plays Gail’s preferred style, monologues, seemed both tricky and yet practical for, as she said, writing for one actor was a great deal cheaper than several and, with Arts Council grants mostly available up to £15,000, more productive. Her golden rule was to know clearly “who […]
  • Richard Buxton: History and Fiction – Finding the Balance. Oct 2018 - Notes on Richard Buxton’s presentation by Merril Haeusler Hatchery Writers were again treated to an informative and inspirational presentation on Saturday, 20 October, when Richard Buxton gave us some very useful and interesting insights into his writing as an Historical Novelist. Richard’s area of interest is the American Civil War and his first book, self […]
  • You Are The Author of Your Life – 18 August 2018 -   Life-Writing Workshop with Jilliana Ranicar-Breese   Jilliana held a workshop on autobiographical writing, which was attended by some members of the GRIT charity from Newhaven. The first exercise Juliana set was to write about a turning point in our lives, the second one a missed opportunity, or something we regretted in our life, and […]
  • Notes on M G Leonard’s talk by David Spillman - Notes on M. G. Leonard’s talk by David Spillman M. G. Leonard (the initials are for Maya Gabrielle) spoke to us on Writing for Children but much of what she had to say would be relevant for any aspiring writer. Her Beetle books have won awards, are children’s best-sellers, and have been translated into a […]
  • Umi Sinha’s Talk on Structuring a Multi-layered Novel – 16 June 2018 - Notes  Umi Sinha discussed points made by E M Forster in his guide to writing a novel, Aspects of the Novel. Causality is necessary for plot. Mystery.  Secrets – The ‘carrot’. Always hold something back. 2 or 3 secrets, resolve them one by one, creating suspense. Characters are not real people but like real people. […]
  • Notes on David Bramwell’s Talk by Tony Bell - The No. 9 Bus to Utopia David began his talk by stating that depression, anxiety and loneliness are on the increase, and that the biggest killer for men over the age of 50 is suicide. These are stark figures, and perhaps not a surprise to anyone in the audience, in our increasingly fragmented society. As […]
  • Roy Hutchins: 21 April 2018 - Saturday 21 April.  12.30-2.30 pm Magnetic North – a Writer’s Journey Roy Hutchins, performer, writer and director was the guest speaker. He brought along Mike ‘Dr Blue’ Mckeon who accompanies him on guitar in many of his shows. Roy’s presentation was about his new Brighton Fringe show which evolved while grieving for his close friend […]
  • Beth Miller: 17 March 2018 - Talk by Beth Miller Beth Miller, an author and creative writing teacher gave us a very interesting and useful talk, telling us that she’d made all the mistakes so we don’t have to! Traditional Publishers They use the old-fashioned model of writer to agent to rep to publisher. Some small presses deal with writers directly […]
  • Anna McGrail: 17 February 2018 - Writing for Radio A Workshop by Anna McGrail As recorded by Claire Shelton-Jones  Anna, an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, gave us a brief, fascinating look at the highs and joys of writing in sound. [Read more …]She loves writing for radio, finding it fun and collaborative. With no pictures you have to think […]
  • All Your Own Work! 21 January 2018 - 21 January 2018 All Your Own Work! Claire read out a poem called ‘Adding Up’ which she recently revised and submitted to a competition. It was about how a prehistoric person might have got the idea of counting. She is fascinated by the origin of the concept of words and numbers. Kath read the opening […]
  • Rosie Chard: 18 November 2017 - Rosie Chard: 18 November 2017 Third Person Objective; The ‘Cinematographic‘ form This is like replacing the author’s voice with a camera. It shows but won’t let you tell. You don’t know the thoughts of any of the characters or their history. This PoV is purely about physical gestures, body language, actions, the scene and dialogue. […]
  • Inge Sweetman: 21 October 2017 - Inge Sweetman: 21 October 2017 from City Books Inge and her husband Paul started City Books 31 years ago. It was a big thing to set up their own business whilst still young. with bank loans guaranteed by parents. There are not many independent bookshops left nowadays. Four nearby have gone and Kemptown Books is […]
  • Erinna Mettler: 16 September 2017 - Erinna Mettler: 16 September 2017 Short stories Erinna is a Brighton-based writer with two short story collections published. Her first ‘Starlings’ is actually a novel made up of linked short stories based in Brighton, published by Revenge Ink in 2011. Impressions of the characters change as you read on. Her second collection ‘15 Minutes’ published […]
  • Christine Foster: 19 August 2017 - Christine Foster: 19 August 2017 So you want to write a Screenplay? A very interesting talk by Christine who has had more than two dozen plays produced. She has worked on radio. TV and theatre scripts. Previously she was an actor for eight years. Dramatic forms Film, plays, TV or radio, are collaborative. Prose or […]
  • Paul Moorcraft: 16 July 2017 - Paul Moorcraft: 16 July 2017 Writing books about current affairs   Paul gave us a very entertaining and informative talk about his writing and his varied career which has included covering thirty armed conflicts for TV, radio and print. His step by step guide to writing and selling a book is: Do a one page […]
  • Jade Weighell: 17 June 2017 - Jade Weighell: 17 June 2017 New Writing South Jade Weighell of New Writing South gave a very informative talk about the services ‘New Writing South’ has to offer to local writers. One of only seven writing development agencies in the country, its aim is to support new and diverse talent through day courses and workshops […]
  • John A G Smith: 21 May 2017 - John A G Smith: 21 May 2017 Picturing your story, plotting your plot Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, books or short stories, most teachers of writing advocate structuring your work but often do not suggest how.  Yet if you get the structure wrong it can be highly inconvenient and require a lot of extra work […]
  • Sarah Walton: 15 April 2017 - Imaginary Worlds   Despite it being the Easter Weekend we were delighted with another good turnout for Sarah Walton’s talk on ‘Creating Imaginary Worlds”. We extend a very warm welcome to our two new members who attended for the first time. Writers of historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction are used to creating worlds they […]
%d bloggers like this: