7 Feb* Open topic
21 Feb** Footsteps or This was the tropics
7 Mar* On the spot writing: bring a photo for someone else to write about.
21 Mar AGM
Taste or Waiting
4 Apr* Confessions or The Monster
Whichever topic you choose, write from a child’s point of view
18 Apr Workshop
2 May* With Sword and Shield or Don’t Stop
16 May** Fourth Floor or The Big Divide
6 Jun Visit to member’s home
20 Jun* Take cover! or The elephant in the room
Whichever topic you choose, do not use any adverbs.
4 Jul** Sporting Life Blues or December came like a blow to the back of the head
18 Jul* Poem: Solitude or prose: Locked In
1 Aug Workshop
15 Aug* The Nest or Highway
5 Sep** Complaints Department or Dead End
Whichever topic you choose, write the entire piece in dialogue.
19 Sep Visit to member’s home
3 Oct* Dad took me hunting or There were three of them on the bridge
17 Oct** The Squatter or If Only
7 Nov* The trees gushed blood or How perfect!
21 Nov** The Bookshop or Vincent slowly removed the cover
Whichever topic you choose, describe an everyday scene that has a disturbing element.
5 Dec Xmas Party
Present something that you have developed from a piece or pieces written earlier in the year
* includes 10-15 minute admin meeting
** ‘short burst’ writing
Drabble/poetry topics, undated this year: choose anything you like from this list –
(Drabble: exactly 100 words, in prose or poetry. For half the topics there is an emotion that must be incorporated)
Nobody told me
The Eurobodalla Writers’ website has been updated.
Chris Andrew’s recent workshop on story structure was a success with lots of ideas discussed, explanations on how to focus on what is important in an emerging story, difference between theme and plot and 30sec opportunity to promote your book – what you say could result in rejection of your manuscript or no book sales or be the winning phrase resulting in success. The day-time group who are planning on writing a collaborative story were enthusiastic in using the opportunity to further develop the storyline and how different writer voices might come together in the one novella.
Eurobodalla Writers has some vacancies in both the day and night-time writing groups. We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in writing but haven’t done anything since school; you dabble with a bit of poetry; ready to start your 1st or 5th novel; or if you would just like to be part of a group of creative women and men who enjoy a good word or two. No experience necessary, come along to a meeting and have some fun.
EWG FAW PROGRAM to June 2017
‘Drabble’: short story of exactly 100 words (excl Title), theme/emotion or key point to include; ‘Topic’: short story up to 1000 words; Poems – choose ‘drabble’ or ‘topic’ theme (no set word count)
Mar 1: Excursion to member’s home (financial FAW members only)
Mar 15: Drabble: The Concert/aromatic Topic: Find an emotion in this extract from TS Eliot’s ‘Burnt Norton’ and write to it –
‘At the still point of the turning world, Neither flesh nor fleshless There the dance lies
Do not ask me where I’ve been I only know I’ve been there, at the still point.’ Or Dreams of Home (Water features in your story)
April 5: Drabble: Hiccups/romantic Topic: Monologue: A Soap-box Speech about a Pet Hate Or The time I got into a bar fight (Use smell and touch)
April 19: Out-sourced workshop (Chris Andrews’ Story and Structure)
Open to members and the general public – contact EWG for further detail register for this workshop
May 3: Writing Challenge: Group novel – Topic TBA. Separate to program. *
May 17: Drabble: The Present/ghostly Topic: The Cello
To tell you the truth I never wanted to be A cello. When I was wood I had my own song
Write the tree’s song as a Ballad or Free Verse Or Alley Cat (Use an Antagonist to develop your story)
June 7 : Drabble: Time/trembling Topic: The Waiting Room (A red beret features)
Or Dialogue between a confirmed criminal and someone with criminal intent
starting with –
A: B: I’m sorry
A: B: I know, I’m sorry
A: B: I’ll come up
A: B: No, It was my fault.
June 21: Drabble: False Alarm/empty Topic: Memoir: Write about a time when you were frightened or angry or embarrassed Or Write the transcript for a completely chaotic newscast
Eurobodalla Writers Group’s first daytime meeting of the year trialed a new format, especially reducing the amount of time spent on admin. After reading our stories on the day’s theme and comments given, we even managed (with optional participation) a new aspect – what inspired your writing.
What’s ahead for the day-time Group (1st & 3rd Wed)? A big year of writing is planned including a group project, along with workshops, excursions. New members are always welcome.
You’d like to come along but can’t write, or you’re not sure if you can write but you’ve always wanted to do so? Don’t worry no writing experience necessary. The year’s topics are given in advance. Short stories – all genre. Differing styles – some humorous, others sombre, some mainly dialogue, fact or fiction, 100 words or up to 1000 it’s your choice; or you might be drawn to poetry – topics are given for those also.
The night-time Group (3rd Tuesday) will recommence in February. This Group is mainly for people who are writing or wish to write a book and constructive comment (critique) is a major part of this group. Encouragement, motivation, ideas, and much more has been the hallmark of the productive group since 2013. Proficiency varies from learning to write a novel (fact or fiction), collating notes and putting them into a readable format to multi-published authors. All different genre. Interested? New people are welcome.
Please contact us for further detail on either group.
Happy writing … and reading.