A chance to try out your writing skills in a warm and supportive environment. Read out short pieces you have written at home and write quick pieces off the cuff in class. Then enjoy listening to what others have written on the same topic. Feedback is gentle and constructive and always positive!
Prose and poetry are featured.
In January of this year Belfast U3A Creative Writing Group was contacted by the producer of the Radio Ulster programme “Time of Our Lives” which is broadcast on a Sunday afternoon. The presenter waslooking for older people who would be prepared to record and read on air a personal story. Initially they were only seeking one story but when they received the collection of stories submitted from which to make their choice, the BBC loved them and decided to record them all. In April six members of the Group – Lena McCann, Sheila Leggett, Pamela McDowell, Caroline Magowan, Holly Ferres and Joan Hayes visited the BBC and recorded their stories. They dedicated their stories to our much loved and sadly missed former Chair Betty O’Rawe - herself a former producer with the BBC. On different Sundays between May and August the stories were heard over the airwaves. It was a wonderful opportunity and delightful experience for Belfast Creative Writing
Group and for the members who participated. The stories – edited for broadcasting -are presented here in full. Click on the links at the right hand side of the page to access.
Members wishing to join please contact the Convenors
This group meets on Mondays from 2-4pm at Ormeau Library.
CONVENORS: Deirdre Kenny, Caroline McGowan
|Dates for your Diary|
|Mon Aug 31st||Some of the members are keeping daily journals of the coronavirus lockdown. Members are invited to use the group’s mailing list to keep in touch and provide mutual support for each other. Deirdre uses email to circulate writing exercises. Resources used have included a video clip, a villanelle challenge and a quiz. Next for the group will be a joint project with the Photography Group, where the Writers will respond with a story to the images provided by the Photographers|
|Mon Aug 31st||FAO CREATIVE WRITING GROUPS|
Email from Allison Milligan, TSE officer based at Belfast Central:
I have been asked to contact you on behalf of Nikki Terlik our TSE officer based at Belfast Central, she has been delivering fortnightly online creative writing sessions via zoom. She was wondering if any members of our creative writing groups based out of Ormeau Road Library would be interested in joining in, as it will be a considerable length of time before meetings can resume at the branch. Nikki’s contact email address is Nicola.Terlik@librariesni.org.uk if anyone wishes to get in touch, she will then contact those participants with log on information for the Zoom meetings. The sessions generally take place fortnightly on a Wednesday at 2.00pm (next session 1st July TBC). If you could pass this information onto other participants of the U3A Writing Group, I would be most appreciative.