Creative Writing

Creative Writing is great fun and very satisfying.  We write short stories or poems to a given title and share these at our fortnightly sessions, offering each other helpful feedback which allows us to grow and improve our standards.

We are constantly amazed at the variety of approaches members have taken to the one subject and at the astonishingly different stories, diaries, plays or poems that are produced.  Sometimes we cry with laughter, sometimes we are close to tears with the poignancy of a particular story or poem. Often we nod knowingly when we think we know what is going to happen next, only to be surprised by the “twist in the tail”. Some of our work is published in an annual anthology.

Sometimes we ring the changes perhaps by writing in the style of a particular author or to a particular verse structure such as a sonnet or a haiku. Occasionally we attempt off the cuff writing in short timed exercises. We are always surprised and delighted when we share the results of those  efforts.  It is amazing how creative people can be.

We have benefitted too from visits by published authors, all very different personalities with a variety of approaches, who have shared their experience with us. 

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Our 2019-20 Anthology, posted online due to Covid, is here.

Our 2020-21 Anthology, posted online due to Covid, is here.

Our Christmas Poems 2021 are here.

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A second group has recently started though, it too, has filled rapidly (from people already on the waiting list).