Bourne to Write

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Bourne to Write is a writing community based in East Sussex. At our weekly creative writing workshops in Eastbourne and Lewes you can learn how to nurture your imagination while making new friends in a creative environment.

Strangers in Paradise

The workshops’ first anthology – ‘Strangers in Paradise’, featuring the work of 26 Bourne to Write writers was launched at the Eastbourne Arts Festival at The Lamb in Old Town Eastbourne in May 2014. All proceeds from the book have been donated to local charities, including the Eastbourne Pier Benevolent Fund.

Strangers in Paradise is now available on amazon worldwide as a Kindle book.

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Short & Curly

short-curly-front-coverThe workshop’s first Kindle book entitled ‘Short & Curly’ featuring short works by our writers is now available on amazon worldwide.

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Read workshop testimonials here

Workshops run every week at the following venues:


Every Monday Evening:  7.30 – 10pm at the All Saints Centre, Friar’s Walk, Lewes


Every Wednesday Evening: 7.30 – 10pm at the St John’s Parish Hall, Meads.

Every Friday Afternoon: 2.30- 5pm The Lamb, High Street, Old Town, Eastbourne

10 Workshop sessions cost £120 which includes weekly online tutoring.

For more details call Roddy on 07758 367479 – email:

You can read member’s work on the Workshop Writers’ Work page.

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The weekly workshops take a student-centred approach to creative writing, offering a range of strategies to help you develop as a writer. Participants are encouraged to explore their creative writing potential through self-awareness and self-discovery.

The workshops are suitable for aspiring writers of all levels and abilities and for anyone with a strong interest in reading and writing, who would like to deepen their understanding of the creative process.


The workshops are quite informal and great fun and you’ll find your writing developing in surprising ways.
They are tutor led by myself and are designed to unlock your creative potential. In every workshop you’ll write a timed exercise which I’ll set. Then everyone reads their piece. During the course of which there will be some discussion and I’ll raise some points. The workshop is a place for creativity and encouragement, not for criticism. I’ll set the homework for the following week and then the writers will read out their homework.

The atmosphere is very informal and most importantly you will be in the company of other writers keen to share their experience.

The workshop performs live regularly, the last event was a Halloween Storytelling evening for Charleston House.
A series of weekend workshops will also be running throughout 2016.
Everyone has a story to tell – come along and tell yours.
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