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.

Cyclone Iris by Renie West

Cyclone Iris threatened us with lots of wind and rain.
It made its way far down the coast then came back up again.
We wondered if it crossed the coast,
where would the crossing be.
But cyclones make their own “minds” up,
and this we would not see.
It dilly dallied, fussed around, and almost petered out.
Then quietly it slid back up, keeping us in doubt.
We think it’s gone so far up north it’s out of range,
But keep watch, folks, cyclones change
their paths and nothing’s strange!

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.

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