Question Time at Write Night

Join us at 7pm on Thursday 1st October on the New Writing South Facebook page for your chance to have your writing questions answered by two writing experts – Umi Sinha and Chrissy Harmar-Brown.

Writing can be a solitary occupation at the best of times and this year has certainly added pressure. We’ve missed so many opportunities to attend classes, events and groups where we can interact with other writers and ask advice and solve that one point which has been driving you insane with you own writing!

How has everyone else been coping in lockdown? Will we ever have a new normal? What does this mean for writing groups and getting published? Are you feeling negative about your own writing? Can procrastination be useful? Do you have any exercises to help my characters pop off the page? How much backstory is too much? Does my inciting incident have to be life changing?

What would you like answered? To ensure your questions get answered and to enable Chrissy and Umi to prepare as best as possible please send your questions in advance to (unfortunately we will not be able to provide feedback on specific texts).

Chrissy and Umi will also be sharing their experiences of writing (or not) during 2020 and how this has affected their own practices.

About Umi Sinha and Chrissy Harmar-Brown

Umi Sinha is the author of Belonging. Her short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies. She has an MA in Creative Writing and taught on the Certificate in Creative Writing at Sussex University for ten years. She has also worked as a Lecturer in Creative Writing on the MA at Brighton University and currently teaches on the Creative Writing Programme at New Writing South. Umi is also a performance storyteller. In 2006 she and a group of other storytellers founded The GuestHouse Storytellers, an oral storytelling club based in Newhaven, East Sussex.

Chrissy Harmar-Brown’s career as writer and director includes working in television as Head of Development at La Plante Productions and as Script Editor on Casualty. She has been commissioned to write for a number of contexts including scripts for theatre, TV and film, puppetry, youth theatre, heritage, Shakespeare adaptations and devised work. In addition, she designs and delivers a range of arts projects and writing workshops for adults and young people and teaches on the Creative Writing Programme at Sussex Coast College.



1 October 2020 - 1 October 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm