By Nick Pelling

Autumn can seem all about slow endings, but why not kick-start something new? Starting in September, Charlie Crabb’s Hastings Bookshop is bringing the Irish short story writer, James Young, to run a series of writers’ workshops. These are open to all levels of ability and experience and consist of 90 minute classes every Thursday night for ten weeks, starting on 30th September. 

The workshops are the perfect space for creative writers not only to share their work but to receive positive critiques and enter into fluid discussion. The feedback is designed to help writers find ways around blocks and think in a fresh fashion. Short creative exercises can often spark something different. But there is also the chance for those that have never penned even a mercurial opening sentence just to dip a toe into the streams of imagination.

James Young is an Irish writer from Belfast and has been short listed for several awards including this year’s Bath Short Story award. He is now a resident of Hastings but has lived and worked in Brazil and Portugal. He is also offering two reduced rate places for low income writers.

As we all know, lack of confidence and fear of embarrassment can be paralysing forces for artists. These workshops offer a kind of creative ‘safe space’ for those with an inclination to delve into the magic of fiction. Perhaps, as the summer fades, it might be time to stop hiding your creative light. 

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