It was a small group this month with a few people away. We found the topic more difficult than in previous months - choose a headline and write a story resulting from the headline. The challenge was finding a headline that encouraged the creative juices. However, in the end we were able to complete the task. It may be something to attempt again next year.
For next month there is a selection of topics, all relating to rain/weather - or are they? The topics are:
Character 1: "Listen to the rain pounding on the roof!"//Character 2: "That's Not rain.'
"Share my umbrella, lady?"
"I thought you said this tent was waterproof!"
After two hours of brain-numbing, thud-swish of windshield wipers, Carol stopped her car.
Anyone interested in joining the Creative Writing group is welcome to join us on 12 November at 1.30 pm to get a taste of how we are encouraging one another to write a piece of fiction.
Our October session featured poetry readings by local poet Seamus Foley 'Return to Spoonbill' and 'Now that Ned is home again'. To mark the Benalla Festival's theme we shared 'Our Backyard' stories, most of which lovingly celebrated the places and spaces we treasure in Benalla and its environs and were entered into the Benalla Festival's writing competition. Keen for some feedback, Seamus then shared with us a courageously written, deeply moving short story about his childhood in Ireland. We all agreed it was well worth his completing and publishing.
The theme for our next meeting on Monday 26 November at 1.30pm is 'Endings' - the brief 'Our lives are made up of many phases that shape who we become. Reflect on a time when something important in your life ended, and how it affected you'. Choices for the session also include bringing along stories we have yet to read to the group from this year's list of topics, or something else we would like to share.