Creative Writing

We have a creative writing group that meets 9.00 am – 11.00 am every Friday at CQU, Ooralea and you’ll learn all the ins and outs of writing. Members have, in the past, had books published. We are a self-help group and do not have actual tutors.
We begin our morning with reading our “writers’ challenge or in plain terms, homework. Sometimes just making the quorum for a meeting, and sometimes having a good roll-up seems to be the usual. We don’t keep to a schedule other than –
1. Reading our homework
2. Cuppa
3. A word exercise to assist members. This takes many forms, from a member’s problem to something someone has discovered, and on. Our members take turns taking the “chair”, doing two weeks at a time. It gives us different opinions and aspects from each of us in turn, and extends our appreciation of the work put into our writing. We welcome new members and it is always nice to catch up with past members.
Our meetings are always happy and informative. We have gone from the study of adjectives to writing about cyclones and the use of dialogue and all its ramifications.

It is the time when we begin to plan our activities for the end of the year. We discussed various times for our Christmas get-together and decided on 16th of November for the date, but haven’t decided on a venue yet.
Our classes are usually attended by between 3 and 7 people. If I can’t go to a class for any reason, I miss the discussions and am glad to get back the next week. This week we are writing about a ‘Country Town’. I enjoy listening to members’ stories to see how differently each of us ‘sees’ a subject, whether it is a real Country Town, or an imaginary one. Writing is such a pleasure,

Who remembers a Country Town,
Remembers enough to write it down?
Are the streets just dirt, or tar?
Do strangers travel very far?

Imagine a town that’s lush and green!
The road and town create a scene.
Other towns are dry and dusty.
Whirlwinds spin and winds are gusty.

It’s the other one I will think about;
Lovely colours, there is no doubt;
Imagination’s a wonderful thing,
When it’s heat and drought the seasons bring.
By Renie West

We all seem to have great fun discussing ways and means of serious writing and what is the best way to get over what we want to say.

Creative Writing will finish 9th November and recommence 8th February, 2019

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