A Writers Group for Everyone

On the third Friday of every month at 7.30pm Writers on the Heath meet in mid Sussex (halfway between London and Brighton) to practise techniques, develop characters and inspire one another to write.

Writers meeting up
Writers on the Heath - Haywards Heath Map

Half Way Between London & Brighton

Our base for Writers on the Heath is in the library in Haywards Heath and members range from beginners, students and budding authors right through to musicians, journalists, poets, business owners, public speakers and comedy writers. Even a mainstream publisher sits in.

Formed in early 2015

Writers on the Heath was officially formed in the summer of 2015 by a bunch of friends with similar interests but who all shared the common goal, desire and interest of getting their masterpieces out there: recognised, published or in print.

Helping to Inspire Each Other

We have all learnt from the best but when we first started most of us hadn’t even written anything down, let alone thought about how to get our works to market.
Since then, through regular writing exercises and constructive feedback, many of us have been inspired to self-publish, write flash fiction or create genius comedy scripts achieving this through blogs, podcasts and conventional publishing.

Lindfield Art Festival - Writers on the Heath Workshop


The Writers on the Heath second competition this year – The Sussex Crime Competition – has now launched in association with West Sussex Library Services.

It provides writers with the chance to have their crime writing reviewed by a leading crime author, Sarah Ward, and crime publisher, Mike Linane, as well as the opportunity to win £25.  

Your two hundred and fifty words can be in any form: a poem, a storyline, a headline grabber or basic plotline. All we ask is that you keep it clean, appropriate, entirely original and use the theme ‘Sussex Crime’.

Closing date for entries is 10th September, 2017 at 23:59 (GMT).

Your Judges

Mike Linane

Mike Linane is the founder of Williams & Whiting a new publishing house established in 2016 with the desire to not only bring back into print some forgotten authors of the past fifty years but also to discover debut authors of all genres – both fiction and non-fiction.

He is also part of the organising teams for Deal Noir – the biggest crime fiction festival in South-East England and also for Bodies From The Library – an event the that focusses exclusively on the writers of the Golden Age of Crime Fiction held annually at the British Library.


Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward is the author of In Bitter Chill, which was published in 2015 to critical acclaim. Her second novel, A Deadly Thaw, continues the crime series set in the Derbyshire Peak District. On her blog, Crimepieces, she reviews the best of current crime fiction published around the world. She is a judge for the Petrona Award for Scandinavian translated crime novels. She lives in Derbyshire.

Or if you want to simply come along and experience Writers on the Heath for yourself we meet at Haywards Heath Library on the third Friday of every month at 7.30pm.

When you arrive just come in through the back door off Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath. We look forward to meeting you.

For more information on the competition or the Writers on the Heath group in general please like us on Facebook or contact us via email on [email protected]