The Hammond House International Literary Prize

Having won the 2018 Prize in the screenwriting category, I now have the privilege of being part of the judging team for the scripts that are entered each year. 

The 2022 competition is now open for entries, and closes on September 30th. The theme for this year is CHANGES. There are categories for: short stories, poetry, songwriting, scripts and comedy. Have a look at the main Hammond House website to find out more.

For the script category you will need to submit up to 10 pages, and it can be for theatre, radio, film or TV. I have written a Quick Guide to entering a script to the Hammond House competition, to help you avoid some common pitfalls (see below).

Online Screenwriting Workshops

I have written and filmed two screenwriting workshops for Hammond House Writers.

If you sign up to their site (it'sfree), you will get access to see these videos:

Plot vs Character - which is more important?

Story Beats - how to use a beat sheet to create stories

Writing Information

I've written a few Quick Guides to help answer question you might have about writing scripts for film, TV, theatre and radio. These are especially useful if you're confused about what format your script should be presented in. 

There is also one about sending articles and stories to magazines.

If you are a beginner, and have questions about creative writing, please email me to suggest other Quick Guides that can be included.


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There is now a video on my YouTube channel...

A Writer is Someone Who Writes

Do you worry about calling yourself a writer? This short video will hopefully reassure you that if you're writing things, even if it's just a fun letter to a friend, then that already makes you a writer...a writer is someone who writes!

Sarah's Book

Writing Therapy

A Beginner's Guide to the Benefits of Journaling and Creative Writing


Available now on Amazon.co.uk as a paperback and eBook.

Click here to see details on the Amazon page.


Writing Therapy focuses on two things:

- the therapeutic benefits of journal writing

- the enjoyment of being creative


This book will guide you through different types of personal writing, as well as poetry and short stories, and even how to start novels and scripts.


Each chapter has five writing exercises to complete.

Sarah's  Writing Groups

All of Sarah's groups have an emphasis on writing therapy, which covers both the enjoyment of being creative, and reflecting and incorporating personal thoughts and experiences in your writing.

Scriptwriting - Idea Generator

Where: Online, via Zoom

When: Monthly, Wednesdays 10.30am - midday 

Next session: Will start again in Sept!

Cost: £10 per class

Covers: Script writing (film, TV, radio and theatre)

Quick summary: A small, friendly group for beginners who want to learn how to write scripts ; and those who have learnt the basics, but want to be challenged to write more regularly.Classes consist of discussions, writing exercises, and the chance to share your work.

If you are interested in joining this group, or have any questions, please email Sarah at crockford.writing@gmail.com

'Write What You Know'

(how to use your experiences to develop topics, characters and plots)

Where: Online, via Zoom

When: More info soon

Next session: More info soon

Cost: £10 per class

Covers: Fiction, non-fiction, memoir, scripts, short stories, poetry, personal reflection

Quick summary: A small, friendly group for all stages of writer, including those who wish to be one! All types of writing encouraged . Classes consist of writing exercises, and the opportunity to share your work (this is optional).

If you are interested in joining this group or have any questions, please email Sarah at crockford.writing@gmail.com 


Hildenborough Library Creative Writing Group

Where: Hildenborough Library

When: The second Thursday of each month, 10am - 11am.

Next meeting: ThursApril 14th*

Cost: No charge - this is to encourage you to visit your local library!

Quick summary: A chance to learn about writing flash fiction and short stories, and share your work with others. Sessions will include several writing exercises for you to complete.

Please bring a pen and a notebook.

If you're interested, please email Sarah (who will be running the group) at crockford.writing@gmail.com, or pop into Hildenborough library and speak to Michael Kent (keep an eye on the board out the front for opening days/ times).

*Sessions may have to be cancelled at short notice because of Covid issues - if you wish to be kept informed, please email Sarah to be added to the contact list.


The Novel Support Group

Where: Hildenborough Library

When: The first Tuesday every month, 2-3pm.

Next meeting: Tues5th April *

Cost: No charge - this is to encourage you to visit your local library!

Quick summary: Whether you have always harboured a desire to write a novel, or have already taken the plunge to have a go, writing that first draft can be a long, hard, and sometimes frustrating experience. If you need a bit of moral support, want to find answers to your questions about creative writing, or want to meet others going through a similar process, then this is the group for you. This group is also suitable if you have started other long creative writing projects eg a film screenplay, theatre script or an autobiography.


Please email Sarah for more details if you are interested in joiningthis new group.

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BBC Radio Upload

Do you enjoy creative writing, and have penned poems, short stories, sketches or audio dramas? Want to hear them on the radio? BBC Upload is a fantastic opportunity for anybody with a bit of creative passion to get themselves on the airwaves. 

Visit the BBC Upload site for more information.

BBC Radio Kent Upload

Radio Kent Upload is a great opportunity to get your work heard throughout the local area. It's on every weekday night between 9 and 10pm, hosted by the irrepressible Leo Ulph.