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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!

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Happy New Year everyone! And Happy New Writing resolution if you’re the sort of person to make resolutions. And if you and your resolution is to come to a creative writing group then you’re in the right place!

We are meeting on a Thursday this month, for a change and a one-off special, so we hope to see you on 17 January at Lee Rosy’s tea room, Broad Street, Nottingham at 7pm. I’ve told one new member already that I will have a felt hamburger on the table as a means of spotting us. So many people in Rosy’s look like hip writer types that I thought it would be helpful to offer some kind of emblem.

We’ll do some kind of writing exercise at the group but if you’re feeling keen and have something that you’d like us to feed back on, please bring it along with you. We promise to be kind. And I’m debating bringing along the first chapter of a book I’m scribbling so I’d like not to be the only one baring my soul. But it’s not compulsory.

See you there!

My apologies for there being no September meeting but what with the exciting launch of Nottingham’s Festival of Words and my general exhaustion it seemed easier to call it off. But we’re back and raring to go this month! (Did you notice how positive I sounded there – yep, high on caffeine again.) So here are the meeting dates for the rest of the year!

Wednesday 10 October

Wednesday 14 November

and Wednesday 12 December

No homework planned yet though I think we should do something suitably festive for December. Suggestions on a comment/ tweet etc please.

All meetings are, as usual, at Lee Rosy’s tea rooms and kick off at 7pm. New members always welcome – bring a pen & paper!

See you soon!

Thanks to you who came to the April meeting – the homework turned out to be harder than we thought! But yet again, we managed to produce a variety of stories from the news item. But only one of us went for a sympathetic mother – clearly some Freudian issues to work out there…

Anyway, we were also very efficient indeed in getting the next few dates agreed on. This is partly as I should be tending to the needs of a small squalling thing in the next few weeks so here you go:
Wednesday 9 May 7pm Broadway Mezz bar (upstairs) Just a one-off this month as there’s a poetry event at Rosy’s

Homework: To write a scene or scenario with a person in (can include dialogue) that manages to get across a description of the person involved without writing anything obviously descriptive. Essentially, we were talking about how hard and sometimes dull it can be to write/ read a descriptive passage. Nick prefers ‘showing not telling’ as a style so this is an exercise to try and accomplish that. Don’t make it any longer than 500 words and once you’ve read it out we can try and guess what the person looks like.
There’s then a long gap till the next meeting (blame Bev) (not really)

Wednesday 20 June 7pm Rosy’s
Wednesday 11 July 7pm Rosy’s
We talked for a while about what we wanted to look at over the next few months and so I write down all the suggestions we came up with for this and you can ponder how to do them – all suggestions welcome.
Rewriting: Several people wanted to do something about rewriting or reworking a piece of work. We had two suggestions about this: – for us all to work on a rewrite of a piece of work – possibly by one of us, something in rough draft form, and see what we came up with – to take an existing piece of writing (this could be something already published) and rewrite it in our own words. This would give us the advantage of not having to worry about what happens next so you can really examine the words used.
There was also a suggestion to write something about the Queen for the Jubilee.
And finally, we liked the idea of writing the same story but in different genres.
So there you go! There’s a lot of homework potential there and if anyone wants to contribute any other suggestions or ideas about how to do these in a different way please do let me know. Comments below, like the Facebook page or tweet us @writingatrosys

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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Happy New Year all! Thanks to all of you who have come along to the writing group so far – it’s been really enjoyable and useful for me so far and great to meet you all. I hope it’s as useful for you too. For any newbies who want to join us, please do! Here are the details of the next couple of groups – all welcome.

Wednesday 11 January at 7pm, at Lee Rosy’s tea rooms, Broad Street, Nottingham.

Your homework for this is to write a 500 word (max) description of your front room. THEN, write a 500 word (max) description of it so that the reader can tell what has just occurred in it. Does that make sense? Think of something that moight have happened and describe the effects that has had on the appearance of the room.

At the group we’ll read them out and compare – this can be scary if you’re not used to it but I promise we’ll be helpful and friendly about anything you want to share.

February’s meeting will be a workshop from local author Megan Taylor. (This is the workshop that was postponed from November’s meeting.) She’s going to help us all look at writing gripping openings, as well as the use of imagery. Bring along anything you’d like to share and use in the workshop.

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I really hope we see you all later this month!

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.