The Writing Space
Calm and welcoming weekly drop-in sessions for writers of all levels to devote to their writing practice,
free of distraction, in a communal and supportive space. Held every Tuesday and Thursday in Lewes.
Every Tuesday 6pm–8pm
House of Friendship, High Street, Lewes (next to Flint Owl)
£7.00 / £5.00 unwaged
Book block of 10 for £55.00
Every Thursday 10am-11.30am (term-time only)
Quaker Meeting House, Friar's Walk, Lewes (by the Library)
£6.00 / £4.00 unwaged
Book block of 10 for £45.00
*This daytime session welcomes parents and carers with babies and children
These weekly drop-in sessions, for writers of all levels, allow you to pursue your own writing practice in whichever way best meets your needs. A variety of stimulating writing exercises, activities and prompts are laid out on different tables around the room for you to explore at your own pace, covering all aspects of your writing from plot to character development and sensory subtexts.
For Established Writers...
There's no internet, no phones, no chores, Writers who are already busy with their own project can sit and enjoy two hours of productive, distraction-free time and the opportunity to share their progress with the group for feedback if they wish. Others, meanwhile, may take a break from writing and curl up in an armchair in the Reading Corner to find inspiration.
Space for Beginners...
If you are new to writing and don’t know where to start, we can give you plenty of guidance and support, including 1-1 time during the session to get you on your way. It is a very relaxed, welcoming and non-judgemental space in which to nurture your writing practice.
Food and Drink
Refreshments are available at both sessions, and you can also bring your own food to keep you going (particularly for the evening session).
Parents with Babies/Children
The Thursday morning session has been designed so that parents or carers with babies and young children can come and have some creative me-time in a space that is also supportive and understanding of their children's needs (of course, those without children are also welcome to attend!).
It is important to us to find venues that don't exclude anyone from attending. Both The House of Friendship (Thursdays) the Friends Meeting House (Tuesdays) are wheelchair-friendly buildings, and the sessions take place on ground floors. Do contact us in advance if you require ramped access, so we can give you further details. Please note, however, that the House of Friendship bathroom facilities are not wheelchair-friendly.
There are small private car parks at both venues with limited space. Both venues are a 5min walk from the bus station in Lewes, and 10 mins from the train station. We know many of our members travel from all over Sussex to come to our events. If you have any transport difficulty getting to the sessions, let us know and we can see if anyone from your area could car-share with you.
While this isn’t a writing course in the traditional sense, support and guidance will be available. There are plenty of excellent, structured, taught courses in Sussex to advance your practice and we can signpost you to some great classes if you would like this. Throughout the year, we also offer taught masterclasses and workshops with guest writers, or on a specific theme, to provide a more traditional writing class experience.