We are an informal, independent writing group who meet every Wednesday form 9:30 to 11:30. Our aim is to enjoy the creative writing process which we do by writing mostly short stories and then sharing them at the meetings. This usually leads on to a discussion about the piece, how it came about and ideas about where it could lead in the future.
Quite often, this will lead onto looking at work in different styles and genres but our overall goal is that people enjoy the art of writing, whether they create work which is aimed at children or adults and is happy or sad, and uplifting or dark.
The group was set up following two successful creative writing classes and we had so much fun we decided to carry on as an independent group. If you enjoy writing, please come along to a meeting and see what we do – you will be made very welcome.
Below are some examples of the work of our writers
My background is as wide ranging as my writing topics. From performing arts to psychology visiting several places in between. I’ve always enjoyed writing finding it a great escape from reality. Saying that my main interests lie in real people and their experiences. I find peoples stories fascinating and believe they should be documented and shared with future generations. I enjoy this group immensely for both the motivation that I sometimes lack and the companionship of other writers and the advice and support they give.
I began writing at school during free periods and lessons such as Comprehension. I gained great pleasure from this, and found it very rewarding. However, after leaving school I got out of the habit of writing and it was only through joining this group of welcoming and like-minded people that I realised what I had been missing. I have once again regained the pleasure and satisfaction of writing.
I am a retired science teacher who has spent many years writing course materials and worksheets for school, but very little for myself. The Creative Writing group has allowed me to discover a style of writing which permits me to explore some of the stranger and darker aspects of life – they're always the most interesting! I have also been accused of getting others to write 'on the dark side'... unfair (but true). I find writing is a way of satisfying my creative urges in a way which makes me think and possibly makes my readers do the same. Writing, like all art, should create discussion and allow people to form opinions: at the end of the day, though, I write for me and my enjoyment.
All my connections to the arts started when I was 14, I wrote my first song and started a vocal quartet soon after. I did gigs as an impressionist which led to a skiffle group in the late fifties.
In the sixties I had a folk band, organised many junior performing arts groups. The seventies among other things I wrote a rock opera. The eighties was more of the same.
Nineties saw me organise the making of 3 music videos. Starting song writing and co-founded a music association.
Noughties saw my involvement in writing. Attending several writing courses and groups. I wrote a book and a pantomime.
At this point I have written a second pantomime and I am a member of the Hub’s Creative Writing Group, a challenging group with lots of dark influences
My background in writing before joining the creative writing group was pretty much non existant. I'd not really written anything since school, although in the past year or two I've discovered I can write a reasonable poem. Having three boys as inspiration, I tend to try to write about things I know or I have experience of. I've found the group to be a great support and feel I learn a lot from the other members. I know my kids have enjoyed the stories I tell them more and more as I've progressed in recent months. I'm now finding writing a really enjoyable release.
From the moment my parents gave me a junior edition of Robinson Crusoe within a few months of my learning to read, I've loved stories. In fact, I loved them a little too much and took to telling outrageous whoppers to anyone and everyone who'd listen. One day in primary school, after an unfortunate misunderstanding involving a false alarm about a dangerous stranger attempting to lure children away to his house of horrors and following some very stern lectures from a startlingly angry policeman and my mortified (and somewhat relieved) parents, a kindly teacher sat me down for a quiet word. He explained that if I wrote my gigantic fibs down on paper they weren't lies any more, they were stories and I wouldn't get wrong for telling them. It was called “being a writer” and it was OK to be one. In fact it was one of the best things a person could try to be, according to Mr Ross.
I was sold.
I've been telling outrageous lies ever since and because I always put them down on paper I hardly ever get wrong for doing it. How cool is that?