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Welcome to a new year of creative writing. It is great to see new members join us this year. It will be interesting to have some new ideas and see some different approaches to our writing.
A couple of administrative issues first. My main method of contact will be group email. It is not practical to keep in contact with each person individually. But I am always happy to hear from you if you want to give me a call, or send me an email. I am hoping that I have entered your email addresses accurately. It may take a day or two to make sure all is correct – I am tempted to say to let me know if you do not receive this email! More seriously, for this first email I will be setting the delivery and read receipt options so I can see who has not seen the email so I can follow up.
Now for the most important thing. Creative Writing is a 'guided self-help' creative writing session. Each month we provide a prompt for a subject to write about. This can be a starting sentence, a topic/s, or perhaps a challenge. At the session we then share our writing and seek helpful feedback. So remember, I will not be teaching you around creative writing, but jointly we will come up with a topic or topics to write about for the month. The idea is to develop our imagination and writing experience in producing a piece of writing. The style that you choose could be anything that you are comfortable with. This is not memoir writing, but all our experiences will impact on what and how we write, so an element of life is likely to find its way in at times; sometimes it will be fiction.
When we meet, we will share our efforts, and then invite comments. I could provide some specific questions, but there are a range of feedback options, and you may have specific issues you want help with:
At the last Creative Writing session in 2019, we came up with some ideas for our February session:
I don’t want to scare off our new members asking for you to bring something along. It might be a bit difficult at the beginning of your writing experience if you have not written much in the past. It was to give us some ideas to discuss in our first session, as well as some encouragement to keep writing over the Christmas break.
There are a number of sources of information on the web. I have attached a document providing details of just a small selection. Looking at these might give you some hints for writing, as well as details of courses that are available.
Our first session is on Monday 10 February at 2:00pm in the U3A meeting room. I am looking forward to seeing you, meeting our new members, and starting to share our writing endeavours.
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Have you ever thought of writing a short story, a novel, entering a writing competition? Or perhaps you just love to write stories. The class provides the encouragement to write and the opportunity to receive feedback from like-minded 'creative writers'.
To provide a starting point each month we have a writing prompt, or a selection of prompts. This can be a starting sentence, a topic, or perhaps a writing challenge. The length of the stories will vary. It could be 300 words or 3000, whatever works to provide a complete story.
Each class will include some discussion points or hints around writing, and perhaps a writing challenge. Then we will discuss stories written by class members, providing constructive feedback to help us improve our writing.
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