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Creative Writing Group

We meet from 1-3 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Our venue is the Liberal Club on West Street. Members are given a title, sentence or just a word to inspire us to write a piece of around 500 words which we develop at home and then read out to fellow members at the next meeting, for constructive criticism and appraisal. After a short tea-break we then do a ten minute writing exercise or something similar.
I did my best with Hucknall U3A’s entry for the Christmas Tree Display in the Parish Church. Unfortunately we didn’t win this year but you do have to give everyone else a chance, don’t you? The theme for our tree was “Create the ‘write’ words for Christmas” and involved 50 fans made from folded U3A publicity leaflets, tied on with blue and yellow ribbons (our colours), each having a set of wings on with the name of our groups, plus a blue pen hanging on each branch. Also there were 50 different words associated with Christmas also hanging from the branches. Our tree this year was a white LED lit tree, only four feet high, whilst many of the other entries had been influenced (I feel) by our six feet high winning tree from last year. Perhaps our groups should be thinking NOW about who will volunteer to do the 2019 tree and get your innovative ideas together.


In December our homework for the January meeting was to write about our first experience of either faith, religion, spirituality or education. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, 22nd January when we will also discuss the viability of continuing the Creative Writing Group as unfortunately out of the original twelve names we only have an average of four turning up for the meetings. So if there are any new members to U3A who might be interested, please contact Sandra Green for further information on the form below:-

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Creative Writing Group

We meet from 1-3.00 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Our venue is the Liberal Club on West Street. Members are given a title, sentence or just a word to inspire us to write a piece of around 500 words which we develop at home and then read out to fellow members at the next meeting, for constructive criticism and appraisal. After a short tea-break we then do a ten minute writing exercise or something similar.

In November our homework for January was to choose a photo from a group of “faces” depicted and write about what the photo told us. It was surprising how different the stories were. Members had also contributed their personal Christmas anecdotes for a booklet the Group had produced for the December Showcase meeting. We had also entered a Christmas Tree on behalf of the U3A for the Church Tree Competition. This was entitled “Create the ‘write’ words for Christmas” and included fans made from U3A publicity leaflets with pens hanging from them, accompanied by “words for Christmas” hanging from the branches. We did our best!

New members are very welcome to join us on Group sessions, just bring pen and paper!

There is no meeting in December but the January meeting will be on Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019.

To contact Sandra, the group leader, please use the form below:-

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Creative Writing Group

We meet from 1-3.00 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Our venue is the Liberal Club on West Street. Members are given a title, sentence or just a word to inspire us to write a piece of around 500 words which we develop at home and then read out to fellow members at the next meeting, for constructive criticism and appraisal. After a short tea-break we then do a ten minute writing exercise or something similar.

Our “homework” which we discussed at the October meeting was “pick a proverb of your own choice and write about it”. We also had a brief attempt at “Found Poetry” Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources such as information leaflets, newspapers, magazines, books etc and reframing them as poetry (a literary equivalent of a collage by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning).

New members are very welcome to join us on Group sessions, just bring pen and paper! The next meeting will be on Tuesday, 27th November.

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Creative Writing Group

We meet from 1-3 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Our venue is the Liberal Club on West Street. Unfortunately our Co-ordinator, Janet Gibson, wishes to take a well-earned break and we take the opportunity to thank her for all her patience with us and for opening up new ideas on Creative Writing.

We hope to continue with a programme she has suggested for us for the foreseeable future. Members are given a title, sentence or just a word to inspire us to write a piece of around 500 words which we develop at home and then read out to fellow members at the next meeting, for constructive criticism and appraisal. After a short tea-break we then do a ten minute writing exercise or something similar.

Our “homework” which we discussed at the September meeting was related to one of the following subjects: “All that glisters is not gold”, “Youth is wasted on the young” or “The customer is always right”. Our “homework” for discussion in October is “pick a proverb of your own choice and write about it”.

New members are very welcome to join us on Group sessions, just bring pen and paper!

To contact Sandra, the group leader, please use the form below:-

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Creative Writing Group

We meet from 1-3 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Our venue from September will be the Liberal Club on West Street. Our Co-ordinator, Janet Gibson, gives us a title, sentence or just a word to inspire us to write a piece of around 500 words which we develop at home and then read out to fellow members at the next meeting, for constructive criticism and appraisal. After a short tea-break we then do a ten minute writing exercise or something similar.

Our “homework” for August was related to one of the following subjects: “All that glisters is not gold”, “Youth is wasted on the young” or “The customer is always right”.

Unfortunately our Social Get Together for coffee on the 28th August at the Horse & Groom in Linby was a non-starter due to the road into Linby in both directions being closed to traffic for roadworks. Somehow three members managed to get to the venue before the road was closed off but the rest of us didn’t! So we had to go to the nearest place for coffee (Tee House, Wigwam Lane) instead. Very many apologies to everyone and hopefully our Christmas social get together will be more successful!

New members are very welcome to join us on Group sessions, just bring pen and paper!

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