Writing for Pleasure
Groups 1,2 & 3 are led by Marcia Humphries, Jo Brooks & Julie Matthews respectively.
All 3 groups meet at Porthcawl Rugby Club at 10am on alternate Fridays (3 separate rooms,but coming together for a coffee break and sometimes to share workshops).We write on given or self-chosen subjects (eg click on Crystal Ball on the right).During the meeting we read and discuss work we have prepared.Time permitting, we do a writing exercise to give us confidence in putting pen to paper.
Every December, we present our work to an audience of U3A members with a buffet lunch to follow.
Marcia Humphries is also the U3A's National Adviser for Creative Writing.This means she helps U3A Writing groups throughout the UK. Her latest National Newsletter can be read by clicking the link on the right.
Jo & Marcia have delivered Study Days in Porthcawl, Mold, Cardiff, Kent & York.A review of the York Day, taken from Sources magazine, may be read by clicking on the link on the right.
In June 2017 a team of 7 drawn from the 3 groups won a poetry competition organised by Bridgend Writers' Circle.See photo on right(L-R Nicola Evans,Alun Evans,Viv Sanders,Julie Matthews,Gaynor Ball, Veronica Rees, Tony Bennett). The team competed against teams from BWC & Llanelli Writers. Each team member stood in front of 2 judges & the audience to recite their work, which was judged on content & presentation. All who took part had produced good work & we were delighted to win.
In August 2017, Leonard Calvert (Group 3) won a prize for his radio play Against All Odds.
In November 2017, Linda Kennedy's poem came first in a local competition.
Members Peter Bodsworth & Malcolm Cowper brought out books in 2017. Malcolm's latest book was published in 2019.
The 3 groups jointly published a collection of their stories & poems in September 2018.
'A Write Crew' raised over £1,100 for Porthcawl Lifeboats.See link on right to presentation photo.
Gerry Ezard's story, Scene from Above (inspired by his neighbour, a winchman paramedic on the ASR helicopters) was shortlisted in the 2018 Wales Short Story competition. See link on right.
Allan Williams'story Tiger was shortlisted in 2019. See link on right.
In March 2019, the groups accepted an invitation to be involved in a writing project at Porthcawl Primary School.