At evening sessions we work on a topic - each member writing a piece. Members read out their work (if they wish) and then we discuss each other's contributions in a positive manner. Occasionally we have evenings where material is prepared in advance, allowing us to share longer pieces.
21 January - VIRTUAL MEETING
WORKSHOP: Four Sides to Every Story! You will write four short versions of the same event, as seen by four different people. Who is right? Who is telling the truth? Who is reliable? – details of the event and characters will be revealed on the night.
18 February - VIRTUAL MEETING
CRITICS NIGHT: Difficult Times: Write a story where either your central character suffers from “Murphy’s Law” – everything that can go wrong does go wrong - or your central character has to choose between the lesser of two evils and the consequences thereof.
18 March - VIRTUAL MEETING
WORKSHOP: The Advert: You will get three adverts on the night. You challenge is to tell a tale featuring all three!
15 April - VIRTUAL MEETING
WORKSHOP: Secrets: Write about the secret life of a…… options given on the night!
20 May - VIRTUAL MEETING
WORKSHOP: Money Makes The World Go Round: Tell the story of a £10 note through (at least) three different owners – the transactions involved, what they meant to the people etc.
17 June - VIRTUAL MEETING
WORKSHOP: Picture This: A photo will be provided on the night and your challenge is to write a story about it.
15 July - VIRTUAL MEETING
WORKSHOP: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Write a story, true or fictional about the worst lie you, or your character, has ever told.
SOCIAL EVENING: To be arranged by a willing volunteer. Likely to involve a trip to the pub.
WORKSHOP: Adjectives and Nouns: Surprising combinations of words can be inspiring – we will be writing some pieces prompted by our choices! (Julie to bring words and exercises)
CRITICS NIGHT: The Big Opening: Write a story that begins with either: an explosion; a surprise; an intimate experience with Mother Nature; a windfall...
WORKSHOP: Who Do You Think You Are? People are different things to different people, a parent to child, to lover, to work colleague, to an old school friend, to a neighbour – describe a person’s character from 3-4 different people in their lives. How similar or different are they?
WORKSHOP: (from 7pm, with Christmas Refreshments) Mixing Genres: From a selection given on the night write a story about an extraordinary meal (maybe Xmas dinner) that is in the style of 2 different genres e.g. romance, historical, sci-fi, gothic, western, crime, fantasy etc.
“Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.” - Francis Bacon