Local Events

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that we now have a 'local events' tab on our menu.

This enables you to subscribe to our mailing list so that we can let you know about the many literary events happening in the Devon and Exeter area, such as the upcoming Novel Nights at the Phoenix in October and our WriteHub afternoon on November 8th (save the date!) as part of the Exeter Literary Festival.

We have a thriving writing community here in Devon, and the best way to get involved is to meet like-minded people at the many events that crop up over the year. If you're interested in becoming a member of Exeter Writers, then being on our mailing list can help us to let you know of those rare occasions when a space becomes available.

We promise not to spam you with unnecessary emails, and you can always unsubscribe if you change your mind.

Please see our local events page to sign up.

Novel Nights

A new event to support writers, is coming to Exeter this autumn.   

We chatted to the founder of Novel Nights, Grace Palmer. 

What’s in the programme? 


Debut novelist and creative writing lecturer, Ben Smith is our first guest author on October 21st at Exeter Phoenix. He’ll

discuss how writers can use landscape and setting in fiction so it’s more than a mere backdrop to plot.
Ben’s debut novel, Doggerland, is a compelling tale of loneliness and survival, archaeological remains and rusting turbines, set against the backdrop of a water-filled landscape. Ben lectures in creative writing at Plymouth University specialising in environmental literature. 


How can writers get involved?   

The Family Is Complete

Exeter Writer Treasurer, Elizabeth Ducie, has been very busy lately. She has finally finished her series of manuals on business skills for writers. Elizabeth strongly believes anyone who writes professionally needs the skills to run a small business in addition to their creative abilities. 

Grumpy Old Gods

Exeter writer, Angela Wooldridge, has a story in the latest Grumpy Old Gods anthology, which launches on Friday 9th August. 

Louisa Adjoa Parker, QuayWords writer-in-residence


Photo by Robert Golden
This week we welcome Louisa Adjoa Parker to the blog. Louisa is the first QuayWords writer-in-residence based at the Customs House on the Quay this summer, and we've asked her to tell us a bit about herself and what she has planned for her residency.

Quay Words

Writers' Salon Saturday 6th July.


This summer, Literature Works is exploring the potential for the Exeter Customs House to become a literary hub with their Quay Words programme of events.

Short Story Competition Winners!


The winning entries

1. The Woman in Pieces by Jenny Pierpoint, Torquay, Devon
2. Wave after Wave by Brigid McConville, Pilton, Somerset
3.  The Real Thing by Tracy Fells, Ashington, West Sussex.

The winning entry from Devon is: Seeing to Mrs Hickmott by David Bonnett, Exeter, Devon

Click on the stories' names to read the winning entries!

Dare you face the Chudleigh Dragons?

On Wednesday 10th July, Chudleigh will be invaded by Dragons!

DragonBack by popular demand after its successful first appearance in 2018, Face the Chudleigh Dragons will be part of the Chudleigh Literary Festival again this year. 

The Short List

The Short List!


The wait has come to an end! 

The shortlist is here. Congratulations to all those writers who have made it to the shortlist. The competition was fierce. All those writers who made it to the long list, or even were brave enough to put their writing out into the big wide world and enter our competition in the first place, should feel proud.