WhitWord - for local writers to meet, support and encourage each other on this rocky road of writing

Bi-monthly meetings covering topics to include writers' festivals, workshops and everything in between featuring guest speakers


Sue Bassett


After a degree and MA in Dickens and Victorian Culture at the University of Kent, I am now writing my first novel, a Victorian thriller, set in London in the 1860s. After wildly disparate career choices including a solicitor’s clerk, and manager of The Body Shop, I am now writing full time and loving living by the sea in Whitstable.

WhitWord is taking a break in May as we will ALL be meeting at either The Writers’ Day – (creative writing workshops and talks) on Saturday 9th May, or at one of the 50 plus WhitLit festival events from 9th to 17th May.

Headline speakers include David Nicholls, Sandi Toksvig, Kate Mosse and Kate Adie. For the full programme please go to www.whitlit.co.uk.

JULY – WhitWord will be holding a summer beach party on the beach in front of the Horsebridge Centre. You can bring your own wine etc or get drinks from the Pearsons Arms. This is going to be a purely social evening where we can all mingle, talk of writerly things and watch one of our fabulous Whitstable sunsets.

This is of course weather permitting! If actually raining/bitterly cold we will reconvene in the Duke Of Cumberland.

From 7pm on Tuesday 7th July

March WhitWord Event

We had a great evening once again where a packed agenda included a panel of Victoria Falconer (WhitLit founder and director), author Peggy Riley (Amity & Sorrow) and Andrew McGuinness (author and creative writing mentor) where we gave an overview of the festival's first ever Writer’s Day to be held at Whitstable Castle on Saturday, 9th May.   

This was followed by Andrew McGuinness speaking about his transition from History lecturer to novelist, and how he devised and implemented the first fiction mentoring scheme in East Kent.

His best advice to writers? ‘Write with a warm heart, edit with a cool head, and never give up on the dream.’