Golden Hare Writers: our bookshop's very own writing group!
Golden Hare Books is a haven for readers who appreciate the published word, but we also welcome many established, emerging and budding writers – not only for our regular author events, but also on an everyday basis. Some of our most loyal customers and avid readers are local writers at all stages and genres, and as your local independent bookshop, we want to reach out to the creative community.
How? A writing group, of course! The Golden Hare already runs a monthly Book Group and Readers’ Salon, and now we’re adding a Writing Group into the mix. This will be starting in April 2017, following a very successful Taster Event we held in late February to gauge interest. It’s safe to say that people are interested!
At the Taster Evening, our Writer-in-Residence, Claire Askew, gave a couple of readings of her work and we spoke about how we see the Writing Group working. We propose running a group fortnightly on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 6.30pm-8.30pm, running in 8-week semesters, which we ask people commit to for the full semester. The first one will run April-August and the second September-December. There will be a small charge of £25 for each semester to contribute towards running costs.
The best way we could think of to run the Writing Group was to bring in an experienced writer, who is well underway on the road to publishing success, and one with teaching experience who could connect with our readers. The clear choice was Claire Askew, a local writer whose first collection of poetry, This changes things, was shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Award and Saltire First Book Award. She’s also a novelist, and her first fiction book received the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. So, not only will Writing Group attendees be able to learn from Claire’s process, we can also support her on her progress into literary stardom!