Welcome to Hertford Writers’ Circle

Encounters by Hertford Writers CircleHere you can find out about us, when and where we meet, and get a taste of our members’ work.

You can also buy copies of our anthologies, and other books we have published.

Hertford Writers’ Circle is an active and friendly group of writers: between us we span a wide range of experience, background and genres that we work in. We have members working on novels, short stories, poetry, plays, screenplays, as well as non-fiction such as travel writing, local history, science and family history.

Some of us have publications to our name, some have not (yet); some have completed full length novels while others are still thinking about their first paragraph! All of us are passionate about writing and keen to develop our craft.

May 2013: click on HWC Latest for news of recent successes . . .

Read us!

Go to HWC Latest to see our news and to read short stories and poems by Hertford Writers’ Circle members.

To date we have published four anthologies of members’ work. The first, entitled Endings… had a short print run and is now a collector’s item! Our next two, Changes… and Reflections… are available to buy from this website. In December 2010 we launched our fourth anthology: Encounters…, also available from this website


And on 11.12.13, we launched our new collection: Four Rivers and a Castle. We threw a great party at Courtyard Arts with witty and moving readings from some of the contributors - pictures and a more detailed report coming soon!


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Michael Dobbs is new HWC Patron

Bestselling author Michael Dobbs has agreed to be the patron of Hertford Writers’ Circle.

Michael Dobbs – who as Lord Dobbs of Wylye is also a working peer – grew up near Hertford and went to Hertford Grammar School, now Richard Hale School. He said it would be “an honour” to support Hertford writers.

Best known for his political thriller ‘House of Cards’, which hit the TV screens this year in a new remake starring Kevin Spacey, Michael Dobbs is also the author of the Harry Jones thrillers and a new play about Winston Churchill and Guy Burgess. Find out more on www.michaeldobbs.com


Join us!

Our meetings in 2014 will be mostly on the third Wednesday of the month, see dates below; all meetings start at 8pm, Upstairs at The White Horse in Castle Street, see the About Us page for more information on where to find us, atht  

  • Wednesday 22nd January
  • Wednesday 26th February
  • Wednesday 26th March
  • Wednesday 23rd April
  • Wednesday 21st May
  • Wednesday 25th June
  • Wednesday 23rd July
  • no meeting in August
  • Wednesday 24th September
  • Wednesday 22nd October
  • Wednesday 19th November - TBC
  • Wednesday 10th December [10.12.14]