The Creative Writing Group

Richard Foreman, a member of the Creative Writing Group, tells us a little more about the aims and achievements of the group and also details how anyone interested in writing can get involved, despite the current situation.

Q. Where and when do you meet?
A. We meet at The Centre, 7pm to 9pm on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. When current restrictions cease, we hope to resume this schedule.

Q. How many members do you have?
A. There are currently around seven of us, but attendance numbers vary. There’s definitely room for more and we welcome new members.

Q. And how do things work?
A. We set a writing ‘prompt’ each month. Those of us who have produced a short story or other piece of writing in response to this read our work aloud to the others during the first of the two monthly meetings. Reactions, comments and critiques are exchanged regarding each piece. This is done informally and supportively. Quite often the feedback session spills into the second meeting of the month, but we also try to use those meetings for information exchange and discussion regarding technique, etc. We are also happy for members to bring and read any other pieces of writing, if they’d like feedback on work in progress.

Q. What are the requirements for joining the group?
A. Interest and enthusiasm to have a go at producing a piece of creative writing are the primary requirements. Current members range from those who have had work published in various formats to those who simply enjoy writing for fun. A willingness to consider what you have produced as a ‘work-in-progress’, and an ability to listen to others’ suggestions and make use of them is also important.

Q. What are the benefits of joining?
A. An opportunity to share your writing with others in a supportive, encouraging and enjoyable atmosphere. A stimulus to produce at least one piece of work each month, should you wish to. A chance to learn about technique and develop your writing through feedback from others (and through giving your feedback to others).

Q. What are the group’s key achievements?
A. The group has produced small print runs of three ‘Shaftesbury Tales’ booklets as fundraisers for the Arts Centre (copies available at the ticket desk) and members have also given readings during the last two ‘Fringe’ festivals. Some individual group members have published work in the form of books, e-books, contributions to magazines and anthologies.

Q. Why would you recommend it?
A. Creative writing, particularly if you are unpublished and have no one to share your work with, can be a daunting and lonely pastime. The group offers an informal, relaxed, often humorous atmosphere in which to share work, get some idea how readers might respond to it and some suggestions about how the piece might be developed to widen its appeal. And like any such group it also provides an opportunity to get to know other people who share your interest.

Q. Anything else you’d like to tell us about the group?
A. During the Covid 19 related lockdown, members of the group are continuing with the monthly ‘prompt’ work-exchange by email. If you’d like to get involved with this, contact writing@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk to be added to the group’s shared email list.

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Have a listen to our first short story - 'A reserved seat' by Jenny Parker, - our Chairman.

If you have a story to submit, then take a look at our website below to find out how!

http://ow.ly/illT50zUNQ0

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Our next 'lockdown move and groove' taster - Come and shake it, wiggle it and experience the joy of movement! No experience needed and can be done sitting!

Get in touch on movesandgrooves@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk to book your place!

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The ideas kept on coming from our over 18 group. These are from Gabrielle, Ian. Helen and Iris. #dreamholidays #orderandchaos #naturecreepingin #abutterflybeatsitswings #insideoutside #onlineartcompetition http://ow.ly/TDmv50zUVh8

Did you get the last one? It was 'Under Milk Wood' and Bob Dylan wrote it!

Head over to our facebook page or our websitefor this week's! Can you name the show and the year?

https://shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/flashback-through-the-archives/

Social commentary and flowers from our next four adult artists, Dean, Dejan, Denise and Emma, who entered the online art competition. #homelessness #ppeforcarers #artinthetimeofcorona #sayitwithflowers #socialcommentary http://ow.ly/Sl9y50zUV4q

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    shaftesburyarts: "Have a listen to our first short story - 'A reserved seat' by Jenny Parker, - our Chairman.

If you have a story to submit, then take a look at our website below to find out how! 
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#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone"
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  • Our next 'lockdown move and groove' taster - Come and shake it, wiggle it and experience the joy of movement! No experience needed and can be done sitting! Get in touch on movesandgrooves@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk to book your place! http://ow.ly/7jWo50zUNKT

    shaftesburyarts: "Our next 'lockdown move and groove' taster - Come and shake it, wiggle it and experience the joy of movement! No experience needed and can be done sitting!

Get in touch on movesandgrooves@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk to book your place!

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    shaftesburyarts: "Did you get the last one? It was 'Under Milk Wood' and Bob Dylan wrote it! 
Head over to our facebook page or our websitefor this week's! Can you name the show and the year? 
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    shaftesburyarts: "Social commentary and flowers from our next four adult artists, Dean, Dejan, Denise and Emma, who entered the online art competition. #homelessness #ppeforcarers #artinthetimeofcorona #sayitwithflowers #socialcommentary http://ow.ly/KsN950zUV4p"
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    shaftesburyarts: "Introducing 'Once upon a line' - do you have a passion for writing short stories? Well - come and join us! 
To submit a story, either create an audio file, ensuring that you include the story title and your name at the beginning, or send us a written version and we will read it on your behalf. Submissions to press@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk.

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    shaftesburyarts: "Check out our 'move and groove' workshops - 
Sat 6th June 10.30am: Joy of Movement - come and shake it, wiggle it and experience the joy of movement! No experience needed and can do sitting on a chair in needed.

Sat 13th June 2.30pm: Clapping Routine - no dance experience needed and no space needed! 
Sat 20th June 10.30am: Come and try out a routine today! Details to be confirmed but something for everyone!

Sat 27th June 2.30pm: Come and try out your Cha, cha, Charleston!

Sat 4th July 2.30pm: Come and try out your ballerina style with a ballet taster

Booking essential - https://shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/lockdown-moves-and-grooves/

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone"
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