At evening sessions we work on a topic - each member writing a piece. Members read out their work (if they wish) and then we discuss each other's contributions in a positive manner. Occasionally we have evenings where material is prepared in advance, allowing us to share longer pieces.
WORKSHOP: Sing a Song – Wrong! Everyone brings one line from a song of their choosing or a line that is misremembered from a song and we use them to inspire either a short story or a character piece. (Phil will also bring some spares)
CRITICS NIGHT: (Feisty) Story time: Write a story, dialogue or poem that starts with one of the following opening lines of combative dialogue: “Why didn’t you call me”; “A glass of tap water would have been fine”; “I know they’ve all been lying to you about me”; “You know what? I really don’t care”
WORKSHOP: Pass the Book: Everyone brings in a book. Each person takes the first sentence from a book, passes it on, takes the last sentence of the next book and passes it on before taking a random sentence from the middle of a third book finally create a story that uses these three sentences in any order in the story.
WORKSHOP: Royston Arts Festival: A Question of Balance: This year's RAF theme (in September 2020) is "A Question of Balance" - with a focus on wellbeing through balancing the different priorities in our lives. Using this as your prompt - write a piece of fiction or non fiction to tie in with the festival.
WORKSHOP: Adjectives and Nouns: Surprising combinations of words can be inspiring – we will be writing some pieces prompted by our choices! (Julie to bring words and exercises)
WORKSHOP: New Ways of Telling: In the past some novels were written as letters, diaries, telegrams etc (e.g. Frankenstein, Dracula). Tell a story using either only emails, texts, tweets or mobile phone messages
WORKSHOP: Seven is the Magic Number: On the night you will answer 7 questions, your answers will be incorporated in your writing for the night (Julie to bring exercise)
SOCIAL EVENING: To be arranged by a willing volunteer. Likely to involve a trip to the pub.
WORKSHOP: Horoscope: take any of the twelve horoscope forecasts (supplied on the night) as a basis for a character description, or a short story about a person (Julie to bring)
CRITICS NIGHT: Alphabet Challenge: Write a story by starting each sentence with a different letter of the alphabet. You must use all 26 letters from A to Z to begin the first word in each of the first 26 sentences of your tale.
WORKSHOP: Desert Island Dreaming: Imagine you are marooned on a deserted island with any person you want. Now write a short scene five hours after you are both shipwrecked, another scene after five weeks and finally one after five years!
CHRISTMAS SOCIAL EVENING: Details tbc.
WORKSHOP: Reshaping: Rewrite a traditional myth, legend or fairy story as a tabloid news story
“Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.” - Francis Bacon