Dunmow

Creative Writing

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Group Leader: Carolyn Bryant

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The monthly meetings are mainly held on the third Thursday of the month between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm in the Private Dining Room at the Angel & Harp Public House, Church End, Dunmow.

Dates have been agreed for: -

  • 12th December 2019 - Celebratory Lunch at the Angel & Harp PH

2019

The Creative Writing Group began the year with an extended meeting on 17th January, Our meeting began at 12 noon when we warmly welcomed a new member and celebrated three years of Creative Writing. As some members have resigned due to changing circumstances we now have space to encourage would be writers to join us.

Following our group review, members shared their writing on the topic of "For Starters". Five of us read out our writing on "For Starters" and, as always, it was interesting that we'd all approached the topic very differently: -

One member wrote a thrilling and scary story.
Another wrote a philosophical piece about a Curious Look at Beginnings.
A third shared a deeply meaningful and poignant piece of writing inspired by a song.
A children's story set in the 1950s brought refreshing nostalgia to times gone by.
Our newest member wrote an intriguing and somewhat humorous story based on one of his own experiences back in the 1960/70s.

At 2.00 pm we descended the stairs and made ourselves comfortable near a blazing log fire ready to place our orders for our celebratory meal. I, for one, enjoyed the convivial start to our group meetings for 2019.

Writing about the topic of "It All Started With A Book" for February was interesting and enjoyable: -

One member wrote a story which related to a novel she is working on. It included learning to read and write and a description of an ancient book of magic. The power of curiosity was explored and The Book of Thoth explored.

Another member wrote a charming story about a lady running a bookshop who helped others which was inspired by real books that she had enjoyed researching.

We were entertained with humorous explorations all related to "The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy".

Finally we heard about a delightful love story based on a true story.

In March, members wrote a variety of interesting stories based on the theme of "The Birthday".

A workshop was held in April for experimentation and creativity. Members brought a variety of picture postcards which were used to inspire our writing. We wrote for about 15 minutes about the picture chosen from the upturned postcards. Interestingly some members wrote stories and others wrote descriptively about what they saw.

The topic of "The Canal" in May provoked morbid writing from two members who wrote about the lead up to a suicide and a death by drowning in a lock. Other members wrote in a more light hearted way about canal life and adventures on the boats and the gentle life on a local canal including the people, landscape and tea rooms. The writing motivated some interesting discussions about canals.

This year we were adventurous and organised an outing in July to Mark's Hall. On arrival it was raining so we enjoyed a hot drink in the lovely cafe and caught up with sharing some writing about rainbows. The rain stopped and we wandered the beautiful walled gardens and viewed the lake before returning to the cafe for lunch. Our visit coincided with an annual sculpture display within the grounds. What an enjoyable day we had.

In August we met up to share writing inspired by our visit to Mark's Hall. Some of us wrote atmospherically. One person wrote in relation to how she feels in the natural environment and another was about Fairies in the Night with Fairies, Elves, Creatures and the animal and bird
sculptures all coming alive and dancing through the gardens - a story for children.

Since then we've written on "Times Past - Times Present".

The November Topic - "A Near Escape" - was tackled in a variety of ways: -

One member wrote an enchanting and accurate depiction of a goose, Ozzy, flying from
Siberia to England to spend the Winter. Ozzy survived gunfire on his journey
and the writer conveyed that she'd enjoyed lots of researching to ensure the
description of the flight was accurate.

Another member wrote in a nostalgic way of the life of a child (herself) in the 50's
and 60's and of 'near escapes' she'd had. This evoked memories from other
members in the discussion afterwards as they recalled a different way of life
for children in those days.

Wonderfully descriptive words were used by another writer to tell a story of a person laying injured
in a boat. As per her style of writing, Gods, monsters of the deep and Viking names were included in the story.

The last writer to share wrote a charming account of the time when the River Chelmer, located
near his house, rose to the top of the doorstep before gradually receding - Definately A
Near Escape.

The title for January's writing is "A Flash of White".

We would welcome hearing from anyone interested in Creative Writing so please make contact soon. We plan a variety of Creative Writing activities and enjoy sharing our diverse ideas and creative writing as it emerges.Some members of the group are returning to writing whilst others are getting started. We have all managed to write interesting and often funny snippets based on our experiences and imaginations.

The topics chosen are wide and varied and we have such fun sharing our writing, sometimes with sadness, often with humour and always with interest and creativity. The diversity of our writing is always amazing and we don't fix rules about how to go about addressing the topics. What we do is encourage enjoyment of creative writing and we challenge ourselves to write in different ways and to support each other to experiment and develop.

Our aim is to inspire Creativity in either putting pen to paper or to produce a document on a computer so pease do enquire about joining us soon.

In December we are looking forward to a Celebratory Lunch together at The Angel & Harp Public House to end the year on a high note.

Happy writing.

Carolyn Bryant
Creative Writing Group Leader*

Dates for your Diary
Thu Dec 12th Celebratory Lunch
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