It was a small group, but we enjoyed sharing our writing efforts. There were three contributions based on the topic “why was I not surprised that the light switch did not work”. One was a ghost story where the light in the room would stop working even with new globes; one was the loss of a partner, who had never fixed the problems he had promised; one was moving to new property where the power had not been switched on as had been promised. Finally, there was a story based on a sentence from a book. Discussion around writing a story based on a sentence from a book considered the temptation of writing the same story as in the book. We are also keen to move more to helping one another by providing helpful critiques – were we able to picture what was happening, was there too much, or too little description. We are all keen to work more around fiction/creative writing
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.