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
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.
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.
Writing Group members appreciate ‘having a say in running our group’. We pride ourselves in giving everyone a chance to change or keep our past ways, also we appreciate new ideas, where writing is concerned. Our group has been enlarged by new members, and they are very welcome. Appreciation for the input of information from members who have been teachers is noticeable, and with books to clarify words and their meanings and spellings, our writing is always improving. This is our group’s aim, to assist where we can, and have fun doing it.
We give ourselves ‘homework’, [or writer’s challenge] and this week, with three titles, [which perhaps ‘boggle the mind’ a bit], from which to choose, we can try to expand our thinking.
We look forward to our newsletters, with the next one coming up soon. Thankyou to all those who give us the enjoyment of the newsletters.
What is creative writing? It is taking a word, like Blue, a sentence like “he fell off the boat, your
honour!” or a subject like Ancient Greece or Australiana, and either writing (up to 900 words)
or vocalising to express your imagination, your research, or your life experiences, so that others
can appreciate your creative interpretation of the subject. It is also using English language skills and creating activities that expand knowledge of how to construct and use words. It is also the sheer
joy of enjoying the world of words. If this is what you are interested in, and you would like to join
our group, we have vacancies available. This will not ever be a large group as in the two hours,
that we meet, 9 am to 11 am on Friday mornings at the CQ University Library board room. We like
to enable everyone present to present their stories and participate in a small activity. I have
been asked to become the co-ordinator of the writers group, following in the footsteps of Jenny
Mayes, who has set a high bench mark, and brought to the table her wealth of knowledge,
having been a librarian in her working life. She has also held the position of co-ordinator, for
many years and her encouragement and guiding suggestions have encouraged some members to
continue with the group for a long time, as it is always different and stimulating. It is with great
pleasure, that I have accepted the role and encourage those who love the world of words, to
consider, to at least give it a go. Thank you.
As the Creative writers all had other obligations over the Easter period, we decided to recommence on May 3 at our meeting place of the board room at CQU Ooralee Campus at 9.00 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday.
Sandy set some challenging topics for both writing subjects and activities, Di will be setting the next two weeks agenda. We welcome anyone who just wants to hear some interesting stories and not necessarily join our group.
Rae Halpin 0407639356
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If you would like to join the Creative Writing Group, or just talk to someone about it, please send us a message on our Contact Page.