|Leader:||Alan Davies (07882 038546)|
|Venue:||Norton House, downstairs|
Please contact the leader to check for current availability.
This group is for anyone who enjoys writing prose, poetry or both! The emphasis is very much on enjoyment; both the act of writing itself and listening to the creations of others. Members' writing can be for any purpose: for friends and family, even with a view to publication - but mainly just for personal satisfaction.
The aim is to provide mutual support and encouragement, without negative criticism. We recognise that it can be intimidating to read something you have written out to an audience of other writers, so we try to avoid any sense that there are any ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ ways to write a piece of work. One of the few ‘rules’ is that feedback should always be constructive and friendly - and it doesn’t matter if spelling or grammar isn’t perfect, or infinitives are split; the creativity is the important thing!
At the end of each meeting, we have an assignment to complete within the coming week which ideally will be no more than 500 words or a side of A4 in length. A subject is chosen and agreed by the group; but members are free to write about something else if they wish - or even just submit a favourite piece by someone else that they think the group will enjoy. Both fictional or non-fictional subjects are welcome, in any genre that members choose, from the comic, to the dark and mysterious! It is always fascinating to hear the range of different interpretations of each subject that result when members read their work out at the following week’s meeting.
We have a wide range of age and background experiences in the group, which often result in unexpected, interesting and quite often hilarious pieces of local or family history.
Due to the current Covid restrictions, we are not able to meet ‘face to face’ at the moment, but are continuing to function ‘online’, with a weekly video call to read out our work and catch up with everyone. Everyone’s work is compiled into a document which is emailed to all members before each week’s meeting, whether they are able to join the video call or not.
Some examples of our writing:
- U3A in Three Shorts by Trevor Siggers
- I Grew up an Acronym by Trevor Siggers
- Do it Yourself by Sandie Hope-Forest
- What is a Virus? by Rob Willis
- To Cut a Long Story Short by Alan Davies
- Corona Virus by Rob Willis
- Wednesday Mornings by Ena Glogowski
- A Note about Syncopation by Trevor Siggers
- A Selection by Alan Davies
- Sharing a Victoria by Kath Gosling
- Comfort Zone by Trevor Siggers
- Eclipse and Seaside Poems  by Ena Glogowski
- Summer Holiday by Ena Glogowski
- Chips by Alan Barr
- Stop by Alan Barr
- The Feast by Ena Glogowski
- Dan James is Fat
- The Dog Wore A Raincoat
- A Leap into the Unknown by John Lunt
- A Leap in the Dark by Mick Bentley
- Standards - A Faulty Homage
- Every Picture Tells a Story by Ann Baxter
- Letter to the Editor by Maureen Turner
- The Problem Is... by Janet Pointon
- Hospital Food by Rob Willis
- At a Stroke by Bob Willis
- Back on My Perch by Rob Willis
- Haz Beens by Michel le Moose (AKA Trevor Siggers)