I teach creative writing in Cheddar, where I live. At the moment the group meets on Thursday mornings. ( Though in future I may run some Saturday workshops, for people who can’t make it during the daytime.)
We often begin by reading out the work people have done following the previous session: it’s always fascinating to see how the stories/poems/whatever vary, even though they came from the same starting point.
Then we’ll do a short exercise or two. It might be a paragraph about a room that’s been important to you for some reason, or it might be a short poem, a haiku perhaps – or a recent discovery, a cinquain, which is a short poem of five lines with a set number of syllables.
Next we’ll go on to a longer piece. I might ask people to choose a postcard of a painting, and take them through how they might make a story from that. Or I might take in a collection of objects (or ask them to bring something in) and ask them to first describe their chosen piece, and then use this as the starting point for a story. They’ll start that in class, and then finish it or do more work on it at home – and then share it the following week.(No-one has to read their work out if they’re not comfortable with that, but usually they are.)
We have produced one anthology, and we’re collecting work now for another. (It’s called Through The Barn Door because we used to meet in a building that was once a barn – which, it has to be said, was not as picturesque as the one on the cover!)
If you are interested in joining the group, please get in touch via the contact form
Free workshop on Wednesday 21st June at Cheddar Library, 2 – 4pm
In honour of the very first National Writing Day, I am offering a free workshop on the subject of ‘Your Stories’. Everyone has not just one, but lots of stories to tell: this is a chance to get some of them down on paper. Do come! You can book via the contact form (link just above), or by going into Cheddar Library.