The Cleckheaton Writers Group met last night and we welcomed our newest member L. We started by introducing ourselves and explaining the work we had completed and were currently working on.
We then fed back to the group the useful information gleaned from the writers events that some of the members had attended. Those events were the Sci-fi and Superheroes author event, the Fiona Shaw Creative Writing Workshop and Fiona Shaw/Sue McMahon author talk, the Stephen May Creative Writing Workshop and the Stephen May/Monique Roffey author talk and the Calderdale Writers Roadshow Fiction and Non-Fiction Day (three different workshops were attended on the day). We then decided to set a writers challenge using the Alison Taft exercise of taking a quote and burying it in dialogue. The quote we have been given is:
'The first step to getting the things you want out of life
is this: Decide what you want.'
This challenge will be completed by the members for the next scheduled Writers Group on Monday 29 October.
Then N shared his excellent short story 'Visiting Time' which we all enjoyed. His use of humour in a challenging subject matter was inspired and I can see why he was disappointed to not have had recognition when he entered it into the Calderdale Short Story Competition. I don't think it is ever easy to write a story with Alzheimers at its core, but N's evocative piece was both touching and real (I do hope he shares it on his blog soon).
We agreed that N, P, D and I would send L an example of our work for her to read at her leisure, so that she can get an idea of our writing styles and L agreed she would share some of hers once it was past the planning stage.
I am looking forward to reading all the completed exercises and meeting another new member at the next CWG.