Hove Writers

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  • 19:00 - 22:00

Writing is a solitary activity, but you don’t have to go it alone.

Hove Writers meet on (most) Mondays in the peaceful space of the Rockwater Lodge. We’re here for all writers whatever your genre or level of experience. We gather to mingle, share and actually put pen to paper.

Each week, we have

           an inspiration hour with a workshop, an author talk, a Q&A, an industry guest, a wellness session, or a reading

           plus two dynamic hours when you can:

           either SHUT UP AND WRITE which means you sit down, shut up, and write. No interruptions, no excuses, no escape (except to hydrate at the bar)

           or STAND UP AND SHARE in a critique group to get constructive feedback on a work-in-progress

           plus extra time and a beautiful space to socialise with fellow writers.

           the Rockwater bar and restaurant are available throughout the evening for sustenance or reward-based motivation.

Guest Writers

Brighton and Hove is a writers’ town, so we’re lucky to have a great line-up of guests who will join us at Rockwater in the coming months, including:

   Kate Harrison, bestselling writer of 20 books, including romance, thrillers and a diet book that literally changed lives!

   Nicola Wilson, playwright and screen writer, she most recently penned an episode of Call the Midwife.

   William Shaw, dubbed a ‘modern crime master’, he is a novelist and award-winning music journalist.

   Frances Quinn, author of the historical novel The Smallest Man, and a copywriter whose work you might see in Woman’s Weekly or Waitrose!

   Anna Burtt, presenter of the Brighton Book Club podcast, and events organiser at local independent publishers Myriad and Red Door books.

   Dr Beth Miller, book coach and author of four novels, some of which have naughty bits.

In addition to the Monday meeting from 7-10pm, there is a private Hove Writers Facebook page, where members can mingle every day. Membership is £20 per month or £220 per year.

Your host and organiser of Hove Writers is Jo Furniss, a best-selling author of suspense novels and short stories. A former BBC journalist and also a writing tutor, she lives in Hove with her family, a poodle and a snake.

More information and registration via the website: https://hovewriters.com

Three great reasons to join a writers group


Do you want to write, but never seem to get round to it?

A group dynamic is a great motivator to keep working, set goals, and hit targets. Plus, other writers will see the strengths in your writing and can help you gain confidence.


Do you love writing, but don’t love the solitude?

Whether you’re a new writer or a career author, it is easy to get isolated. A network of like-minded people who ‘get it’ is vital for your creativity, growth and mental health. 


Do you have a novel in you, but don’t quite know how to get it out of you?

In a dynamic but playful environment, you can unblock fresh ideas, find your voice, and give yourself permission to take chances – and dream of finally writing that book!




Ticket Event time Cost
Monthly 19:00 - 22:00 £22.00
Yearly 19:00 - 22:00 £232.00



Rockwater, Western Esplanade, BN3 4FA




Jo Furniss
Your iconic beachside home in Hove, providing the ultimate destination to spend your days from sunrise to sunset.


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  • Rating: 5

    Visited 1 month ago Written by Rockwater Quiz Night customer
    great fun and a better format this time
  • Rating: 5

    Visited 2 months ago Written by Louise
    What a truly lovely evening. So friendly and relaxed. Our host (I'm sorry I can't remember her name) was so encouraging and amazingly we came out with what we consider quite impressive paintings (I'm sure an actual artist would disagree), but we are proud of what we came away with. A wonderful way to spend an evening thank you!