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)

The Home of North East Story Tellers'

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New Submissions Window

If you wish to enter any of the Northern Writers Awards categories for the new submission window 2024, then you will need to 'get your skates on'! The new window is 28th of March 2024 for the Finchale Award in Short Fiction. You can find out all the details by clicking on the image.

Don't forget guys ...

Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 13th.


Adam Mclean is in Hartlepool.

My short story "A Ferry For Frogs" has been short-listed for this years 'Crossing The Tees' Anthology Book!! I'm so excited and honoured to have my story featured alongside other amazing writers and I can't wait to read all of them! And a massive thanks to @hollyspeakman who did me some art inspired by the story! And to all the people who read my drafts and mad ramblings.

Congratulations to Adam who is a regular member of the HWG. We wish him every success and will all be rooting for him to claim the winners prize.

New Release

The latest Thriller from the pen of North East author Quentin Cope is now on general release and currently available in paperback (8x5) and Kindle E.Book.

One important but un-lauded event took place on May 16th 1977. It was the birth of Anna Mikhailovna Petrov to father Mikhail and mother Lada.

As a young child Anna could do nothing to detach herself from the misfortune of being born into a world of poverty and domestic violence. However, she is able to thank God for the good fortune of being rescued from it by a young KGB Captain named Romanovich Boronovsky.

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, February 14th, 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 February 14th

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.


Imagine your character receives an unexpected phone call...
Is it good news, bad news, or perhaps something mysterious? Perhaps it was a wrong number?
How does the character react?
Write a short piece based around the phone call.
You could write the overheard half of the conversation. Can your reader deduce what the call was about from that? Or write about the action the character took as a result of the call - did a good thing happen, or did the call complicate their life?


For those of you who would like a quick 'kick off' for your story, you can find two suitable ones below. These are designed to provide you with the opening of your new book, the very first line, or very first few lines that will hopefully launch you into a flurry of writing acitivity you never thought possible. Email us with the result using our Contact Form. No more than the first 300 words please.

First Liner Prompt 1: She bent down to pick up what she thought was a half-buried seashell

First Liner Prompt 2: She frowned thoughtfully at the tarot cards arranged before her.

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 some of the key words below 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 and don't forget our next meeting will be on Wednesday February 14th.


Wilderness, Mental Health, Caged, Fear, Silence, Religious Orders, Kidnap, Solitary Confinement, Peace, Segregation, Community, Bereavement, Survivalist, Cult, Astronaut, Rejection