It takes a lot of bad writing to get to a little good writing ... Truman Capote

Hartlepool Historic Quay - Ian Pudsey
Hartlepool Historic Quay - Ian Pudsey

Hartlepool Writers (HWG)

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New Opening Hours

Community Hub Central will be open each Wednesday 10am - 8pm starting Wednesday 22nd May, as a pilot.

We are keen to hear your views on how to improve our service. Please watch out for the release of our up coming survey where you can share all your thoughts and ideas around the Community Hub offer, venues, where you can find our information and much more!

Some Interesting Facts ...

Self-published Books & Authors Sales Statistics [2023]. 30-34% of all e-books sold are self-published. 300 million self-published books are sold each year. $1.25 billion worth of self-published books are sold each year. Amazon pays $520 million in royalties to self-published authors each year. The global publishing market is expected to grow at 1% compound annual growth per year, whereas the self-publishing market is expected to grow at 17%. The number of self-published books has increased by 264% in the last five years. So, to all of you out there who are a little bit 'sniffy' when it comes to self-publishing authors ... think on!

Don't forget guys ...

Our next meeting is Wednesday, July 10th and let's all make it a BIG one ...! We look forward to seeing you all there. New members are welcome. By the way, the website stats are in for the first quarter 2024 (Jan-Mar inclusive) and we reveal them below.

Visitors: Average 998 pm.

Pages:    Average 5,191 pm.

A simple reminder ... an emotional journey!

'Em' will introduce you to Emily Macklam, a tenacious nineteen year old, struggling to hold together the remnants of a family despite attempts to suck the very life blood from her as she works and schemes to keep food on the table. She is forced to manage her young life around a poorly functioning but calculating alcoholic mother and a defiantly delinquent teenage brother, someone determined to plot a life path in partnership with dangerous, criminal company. This determined young lady is therefore left to fight each day for her sanity and the ability to facilitate her dream of finally moving away from a clinging dysfunctional family and creating a new life in London, a place she feels sure is filled with limitless opportunity for a determined working girl.

Emily's father has never been anything more than a memory to her. Having died when she was only four years old, from diseased lungs chocked with dust due to a lifetime working at the coal face, he leaves the Macklam family with nothing more than a small, inadequate miner's pension. Emily, from her early teenage years has therefore been forced to take up the role of carer to her mother, a role she knows she will end up playing for the best years of her life if she doesn't simply plan to escape!

To keep up to date with writing events and opportunities, click through to our LINKS page which is edited and updated regularly.

Next HWG meeting will be: Wednesday, July 10th, 18:30.

Do you live local to Hartlepool and have an interest in all things to do with writing? Are you a budding Author, Screenplay Writer, Poet or Short Story Writer? Would you like to bounce a few ideas across some like-minded individuals? Would you like some pointers from experienced authors when diving into the murky world of Traditional Publishing and Self Publishing? Well, the Hartlepool Writers Group may just be the place for you. Mail us through our contact page if you would like to attend our next meeting. You might enjoy being there … and we would certainly enjoy meeting you!


Next Meeting - Wednesday July 10th

Our Location: Hartlepool Hub Central: 124 York Road, TS26 9DE:

Writers Monthly Prompt From Denise

Each month Denise will provide us with some Writing Prompts that will either make your teeth itch or send you into spiraling revolutions of exctacy. Whichever way it grabs you, email us the result on the contact page form and try to limit the content to about 300 words ... if you can. You never know, your literary offering might very well end up being the subject of one of our discussion groups. Whatever the outcome, the prompts will be testing, that's for sure ... so sharpen your lucky pencil ... and break out the Chardonnay!

This Month's Writing Prompt from Denise is below.

A quick one for this month! This month's prompt comes courtesy of Writer's Write website from their Daily Prompts

"They watched in horror and astonishment as he..."
Complete the sentence and then create a story using it as either your first line or your last line.
If it's your first line - what are the repercussions of what he was doing? How does it affect the onlookers? Do they try to stop him?If it's your last line, what has gone before that leads to his actions? What role do the onlookers play - have they played a part in the outcome?
Are the onlookers benevolent or malevolent?

Notes on our meeting - 12/06/24

Thanks for a fun night at the HWG guys. Good to see Sean again after some time and a welcome back to Mikaella from her recent MMA adventures. We were treated to some entertaining readings including a comic sideways look at 'football' from Paul ... stretching to some wonderfully written dark but thought invoking prose from Mikaella. Congratulations must go to everyone who has submitted script for the Anthology and an extra special accolade to those who entertained with readings from their work. With all writers now hitched up to a review partner, we look set to meet our targets for the July meeting. With scripts in hand and confirmed promises for completion before the end of next month, we are now close to 40,000 words; so not far to go now. The standard of work submitted so far is high and therefore I am very much hoping everyone will be pleased with the final printed product. With a lot happening in the writing world recently, the 'Crossing The Tees' programme has caught the imagination of many and don't forget, there are still opportunities to join in with some 'meet the author' events. If you need to catch-up with what's-on-where, more information is available from The Hub. Don't forget to keep up to date between meetings via our website or our Facebook page. Make sure you keep the diary date of Wednesday July 10th free as this is the date of our next meeting. Look forward to seeing you there! Don't let me forget to say thank you to you all. Without you there would be no HWG.

Notes on our meeting - 8/05/24

Another well attended meeting of the group on Wednesday and some more new faces. We welcome you all. As usual, it was a lively affair with lots of discussion around the new Anthology editing process, the viability of AI in the work produced by writer's and the task of keeping up with the programme of submissions. Denise caught us on the 'hop' with an unusual prompt exercise providing some amusing results. Paul gave us another wonderful comedy script to smile over and let's hope this continues. Changes to the Hub opening schedules will take place next month and this may mean we will have to review our meeting dates. You can check the group Facebook page and the website for more details. However, the next meeting is confirmed as June 12th and we hope to see you all there with submissions for the anthology in hand. Yes ... the June meeting is the deadline for the unedited manuscripts to be submitted by email to At the June meeting we will agree readers/editors for each piece so the final edited versions can be made available by the July meeting. If anyone has any questions, please make contact at the above address. Thanks guys ... a very enjoyable evening.

Notes on our meeting – 10/04/24

A near 'full house' once more at our April meeting included many regular faces and two new visitors, Ian and Andrea. There are still seats for a few more so why not visit us at our next meeting on May 8th at 18:30. Denise read some script from Ethel, one of our 'overseas' members and Quentin read a submission from Mikaella who is busy training for her next big adventure. Rob was on fine form adding a bit of mystery to his writing and Paul brought a smile or two to everyone's face with his 'stand-up' script. Needless to say, work for submission to the 2024 Anthology is progressing at a pace and we have about 16K words under process as we speak. Don't forget that submissions are due by end June and finals by end July. After that date, the doors will be closed … no exceptions. So, if you want to get on board you should attend our next meeting on May 8th or you may be too late! All in all, it was an enjoyable evening once again with some lively banter from the usual suspects. If you have an interest in all things to do with 'writing' whether it be full length novels, short stories, flash fiction or poetry, come along and join us. Don't forget … one small step ….!

Notes on our meeting – 13/03/24

A near 'full house' at our March meeting included many regular faces and two new members Paul and Barbara. We were also very happy to welcome back John Kenny. We haven't seen John for a while and we hope he will become a regular once again. Just about everyone had a WIP piece to offer destined for the pages of the new 2024 Anthology. The offerings were diverse in terms of subject matter, generating a lot of interest and some lively discussion. Mention was made of the new writing group at Throston Writing Circle (TWC) who held their very first meeting on Monday. This will be a regular event supported by the Library on the second Monday of each month from 14:00 to 16:00 hrs. Contacts for the group are Holly and Rebecca. Updates throughout the month for HWG and TWC can be found on the website and the group Facebook page.

Notes on our meeting - 14/02/24

The well attended and lively Valentine's Day get together saw the first airing of our member's initial submissions for the new 2024 HWG Anthology. Some offerings consisted of outline ideas and others a read of the first few pages. If we were to attempt to forecast how the project is fairing so far … we would have to say it all looks pretty good. We also welcomed Christine as a new member who we hope to see again at our next meeting. Denise advised the group on new 'happenings' taking place within the library structure and it looks as if a writing support group is about to materialize in the Throston area of Hartlepool. As more information is forthcoming, we will keep you up to date on this website and the group Facebook page.

Notes on our meeting - 10/01/24

A good turnout for our first meeting of this new year and a warm welcome to a new member of the group, Mikaella. The first part of our meeting was spent discussing the 2024 project and more of that later. Our exercise was to 'write from the perspective of an inanimate object' and with some encouragement from Denise, everyone tackled the task with enthusiasm, turning in an eclectic mix of work. The results were all good, ranging from the very amusing to the near poetic and well received by us all. However, everyone agreed the great script provided by Mikaella to be particularly worthy of mention.

So on to this year's major project being the 2024 HWG Anthology. The guidelines are now agreed as below:

Theme – Isolation

Word Count Limits - Min 2000 - Max 10000 ish

MS Submissions – End June

Final MS Submissions – End July

Edits and Reviews – End August

Technical Production & Review – End September

Print & Distribution – October/November

The theme of 'Isolation' may be seen as incorporated within certain key words but the subject is broad and therefore open to a wide range of interpretation. We hope and expect this subject matter will kick-start some great writing from our group. We will review progress at each future meeting and post any relevant notes or comments on the web site. So keep in touch on this page.