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February saw us desperately trying to make sense of my notes from the Festival of Words and eventually giving up while also earwigging a conversation on the next table. A first date – we can only wonder how it turned out. I can’t imagine she was too impressed by his cardigan though. The geek look was not for him. (puts claws away, resumes)

And excitingly we welcomed a new member who bravely approached us mid-session. If anyone has any ideas about how people who are new can find us (beyond the felt burger0 please do let me know. So welcome to Chris and let’s hope we didn’t scare him off too much. Please come again!

The exercise we chose managed to divide the group neatly into people who wrote charming and touching stories about lost love and those of us who wrote grisly stories about hacking your wife’s head off.

Anyway, we decided on a date for next month and bravely went ahead with some homework. So, here it is:

Wednesday 13 March at 7pm in Lee Rosy’s (upstairs, not in the basement) with a felt hamburger on the table until we think of something better.

Your homework: to write a story, of up to 1,000 words (but we’re happy to have much shorter, don’t panic) that ends with these words. “Thanks for marrying me. Two words always.”

The homework is a lesson to all of us in final lines of a novel as the book we chose this from had a terrible closing line and this is the last 2 sentences of the acknowledgements. Much more interesting.

Also, what I’ll do is send out an email a few days before the group and it would be just splendid if you could then send your story round to all of us so that we get a chance to read it before the group.

See you next month!

So January’s meeting went well – descriptions proved to be pretty tough. We were all very careful to stress how many books we had in our front room and how the TV was “hardly ever switched on.” But we did well! and welcomed a new member Sara to the group – let’s hope she comes back. Sara did point out that new members might notbe able to find us easily so I’m thinking of wearing a jaunty hat, large ridiculous flower in my hair or sit waving a flag at one table just to be noticeable. If anyone has a sensible suggestion then please let me know.

The next meeting is usual time and place (7pm, Lee Rosy’s tea rooms) on 8th February. This month we will be welcoming local author Megan Taylor to the group. She will be running a workshop for us on writing gripping openings and imagery. Exciting stuff and I for one cannot wait for the session which is sure to be very useful indeed.

If you have openings – short stories, novels, anything – to bring along to the session then please do. But don;t worry too much – if you don’t have anything to bring.

So there’s not really any homework this month – don’t stop writing though! And if you have any ideas for exercises we can do in the group (usually about 5 minutes long) then please bring them along.

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Right, so here are the details of October’s meeting.

Wednesday 12 October at 7pm, Lee Rosy’s tea rooms, Broad Street Nottingham.

The group in the first meeting suggested that we theme each meeting and then put forward this challenge.

“You’ll give us the ending of a story and we’ll come up with what happened before…”

Thanks chaps.

So should we theme the meeting around this? The alphabet story challenge let us think and talk about how we used language and particular words. (For reference we did discuss novels by Genet and also Mark Dunn’s Ella Minnow Pea) Trying to think of an ending, I faffed about on the internet (future meeting themes: classic procrastination techniques) and found this article about great endings in American literature. The writer says this: “It’s not easy to write about endings. To appreciate a great ending, you need to
experience the whole work. Disembodied
endings can seem like uprooted trees, ripped from their life source.”

So that’s what I’m going to loosely theme the meeting about. And the ending? Here you go:

The man finally removed his mask, leaving it to hang at the back of his head. It was only then that the little boy walked towards him, holding out one hand, uncertain. The two of them stepped onto the boat and went down to the galley, the man closing the door firmly behind them.

Nothing longer than 1,000 words please. Thanks. See you next month!

P.S. In November we have a visiting live author coming to give a workshop. Megan Taylor will be talking about openings and using images so please do try and make it! November 9, 7pm, Lee Rosy’s.

Once upon a time there was a small writing group. They only existed virtually until someone decided that they should all meet up in Nottingham. They tramped about, looking for a home until rescue came in the shape of Lee Rosy’s tea rooms on Broad Street, Nottingham. Now they meet (or they will) each second Wednesday of the month in said tea rooms and all lived (and wrote) happily ever after.

Or in short, we’re a new writing group, welcoming all and promise to be kind and constructive to all who turn up and join us for tea and cakes. We meet in Nottingham city centre and will feature writing exercises, writing workshops from published authors and general chit chat. Full details of our first meeting are:

When? Wednesday 7th September

Time? 7pm

Where? Lee Rosy’s tea rooms, Broad Street, Nottingham

Should you have any questions, suggestions or just want to say hello then please do drop a comment below!