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: There’s Something In The Air…: Observe the qualities of the air in three distinct locations: in woodland or field, in a car, near a factory. Write a paragraph about each in the style of a wine critic (i.e. channel your inner Oz Clarke/Jilly Goolden).
CRITICS NIGHT: Horrid Histories: you find a diary of an historical figure and you discover that the history books have it all wrong! Write down what you found and how it differs from the accepted history.
WORKSHOP: Pass The Parcel: An old RWC favourite, objects that will be passed round randomly as you write. (ALL to bring 2-3 everyday objects to go in the lucky dip bag. Julie has passing instructions)
WORKSHOP (from 8.00pm): Words: short pieces based on single word prompts. (Julie to bring words)
WORKSHOP: Royston Arts Festival: Our Planet: This year’s RAF theme is “Our Planet” with the committee particularly keen to focus on the environment and the challenges facing "Our Planet" and its climate. Tonight is a chance to start a piece of writing, fiction or non-fiction, to tie in with the festival.
WORKSHOP: Fame: you meet a celebrity – tell the story twice, first from your point of view and then from theirs.
WORKSHOP: Talk, Talk: Write the internal dialogue of a person waiting for.… you will find out on the night. (Julie to bring brief)
WORKSHOP: A Room: Write a piece about entering a room. Sounds simple eh? But so much to consider! Who, why, what!?!
CRITICS NIGHT: Story Time – Gender Free: We always identify our characters as male or female, but do we need to? So, write a story but never use the pronouns she, he, him or her - only they, no obvious male or female names, and a veto on obvious gender references like skirt or giving birth. NB: There will be fines!
WORKSHOP: Torn Up Faces: Pictures of faces cut into 2 or 3 pieces and we will describe character from one part and see how it fits when the face is reassembled. (ALL to bring a couple of picture of faces that have been either cut in 2 or 3 pieces)
CHRISTMAS SOCIAL EVENING: Details tbc.
WORKSHOP: Seasonal Tale: It’s the first time you’ve seen snow. But why does it make you cry?
“Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.” - Francis Bacon