CREATIVE WRITING GROUP
The Group co-ordinator is Ed Cartner - a published author who ran a Creative Writing Group at his previous U3A in Plymouth.
A successful inaugural meeting took place on Thursday 12th April 2018 when Ed and 9 would-be members met.
Meetings are monthly on every 2nd Thursday, 2pm to 4pm.
Normal Venue: St Michael's Church Hall, The Small Hall at the rear, junction of Canongate/Walkergate, Alnwick.
DURING COVID RESTRICTIONS - The first 'remote' Creative Writing session was on 9th April 2020 and, by group choice, has continued successfully since then by email (or phone/surface mail) rather than by zoom.. By popular request the group currently ‘meets’ fortnightly (sometimes every 3rd week), but always on a Thursday afternoon. The group has continued to invite written responses to the day's theme, but not necessarily that afternoon - though frequently later that day - all who are going to respond send their piece by email (or phone/surface mail) to Ed who then aims to return a compilation of all work by the same means within a couple of days, including comment/interpretation.
The group has covered many, many genres and themes ranging from writing for children to Science Fiction; Mystery to Autobiography; Poetry to Mini-Saga. In recent times members were invited to summarise year 2020 in as few words as possible. At least three Haikus were written; thus giving a meaningful and pointed reaction to a dreadful year in only 17 syllables.
CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR AN OVERVIEW OF THE ACTIVITIES OF ALL GROUPS DURING THE PERIOD OF COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS: ZOOM CONFERENCING and other means
In Normal Times - OFF-THE-CUFF CREATIVE WRITING
A creative writing group but with a difference and where Ed Cartner will provide the lead (he's a published author of books, magazine articles and book reviews, recently returned to his 'home' county after an absence of 54 years) and plans to cover every genre one can think of: Sci -Fi to Flash Fiction; writing for children to verse; even non-fiction.
Rather than listening to, and then commenting on each other's ongoing work, at each session the group will discuss aspects of writing: plotting, scene construction, inventing characters, etc. Then Ed will invite individuals to compose a piece 'off-the-cuff’ there and then for presentation to the group.
One 'exercise' at Ed's previous U3A was called 'Random-Word Free Verse'. Great fun; everybody was given a tin tray and a handful of 'fridge magnet' words, then invited to create a line or two of free verse from what they had; many other exercises in creative writing, some equally zany will be on offer.
So, nothing too academic, and no 'homework'. Bring writing materials (electronic if that is your preference) but most of all come with your imagination alert and ready to go.
• Existing Members refer to Yellow Booklet (or any ‘update’ given via Newsletter/or Monthly Meeting)
• Potential New Members click on the ‘Contact’ menu above.
• The overall coordinator of ALL groups can be contacted via the following link: THE GROUPS CO-ORDINATOR