Themes of past meetings
20th December 2016
15th November 2016
18th October 2016
19th January 2016
8th December 2015
17th March 2015
17th February 2015
27th January 2015 (4th Tues)
16th December 2014
19th November 2013
15th October 2013
17th September 2013
20th August 2013
16th July 2013
18th June 2013
21st May 2013
19th March 2013
19th Feb 2013
Christmas dinner. Write a short piece (no more than 100 words), to include as many Christmas cliches as possible.
Write a piece inspired by "November". 1000 words maximum, any form - poetry, prose, article, dialogue, monologue etc.
Write a piece to include the three (randomly chosen) words - kettle, avocado and candlestick. Stories not longer than 1000 words, or any form of writing, as below.
"Moving House". Stories not longer than 1000 words, or any form of writing - prose, poetry, monologue, dialogue.
"Write on the night" - bring paper and pen/laptop to write a short piece inspired by some of member Kirsty's "Weegie Puppets".
"True North" - Write a short play for the "True North" scratch night at the Lemon Tree on 8th September.
Misunderstandings, or A Misunderstanding. Any form, 1000 words maximum.
A photograph will act as a writing prompt, in advance of the meeting. Please get in touch if you would like a copy. Any form - poetry, monologue, article, descriptive passage, short story, memoir etc. Maximum 1000 words.
"Write on the night" - bring paper and pen/laptop and a picture/painting to inspire someone else.
"In the broom cupboard". Maximum 1000 words, any form.
"The Accidental Hero" - “Hero” in the broadest possible literary sense. Any accidental circumstances or unintended consequences. Wrong place at the wrong time, or right place at the right time. Good or bad consequences. Misunderstanding, or miscommunication. Humorous or serious. Self or somebody else. Based on real events, or completely fictitious. Poetry or prose. Whole story, or just a chapter. 1000 words maximum length.
Choose an interesting button to develop a character study and if you
wish a story or a poem or a piece of dialogue. Venue - member's house (Woodend Barn closed). Please get in contact if you wish to attend this meeting and are not already a member of the group.
Christmas meal at Buchanan's Bistro.
Write a piece to include the following three objects; a bottle of Campari, a llama and a birthday card. A poem, article, short story or any other type of writing. No longer than 1000 words.
"Write on the night". We will write a short piece at the meeting; exercise to be provided at the time. Also, two members will share their recent experience of attending the "Festival of Writing" in York.
Write something that moves between two time periods. The time periods can be whenever and wherever you'd like, and the connection between them can be whatever you'd like. As usual, you're free to write a story, poetry, a play, or whatever suits. Please try and keep to the 1,000 word limit though.
"Field trip" - an outing to hear the renowned Sudanese author, Leila Aboulela, talk about her writing, at Waterstone's bookshop in Aberdeen.
"Romance". Pick a quote to give you inspiration, either Shakespeare or a song with a romantic theme and write away. Word limit 1000.
Travel writing. Fact, fiction, or something else.
Write a piece which starts as follows : "I could have avoided all that trouble if only I'd remembered to....." Any form, 1000 words maximum.
Write a piece from a child's point of view. It can be autobiographical or totally fictional and can be narrative, poetry, dialogue, a short story or a chapter from something longer. Maximum length, 1000 words, to allow time for reading out at the meeting.
Write a piece of dialogue between two neighbours, which takes place over the garden wall. It can be about anything at all. To be read out by two people at the meeting.
"Je ne regrette rien" or "je ne regrette tout".
"Write on the night". Writing prompts will be provided. From past experience, the group never fails to be astonished at its own instantaneous productivity.
Christmas meal at Buchanan's Bistro.
The challenge is to write a piece which includes three words from archaic language (a list of twenty or so is provided), without them jumping out or appearing contrived. Prose, poetry, or whatever form you wish, 1000 words maximum. Optional theme - "journey".
"There are always two sides to a story". Either write one piece, showing the two sides, or two short pieces, doing the same. 1000 words maximum.
Bring along a small object. We will write about them; perhaps our own, perhaps someone else's. Decision to be made on the night.
Two people hail a taxi from the side of the road. Write two short scenes using contrasting language; one colloquial, the other arty prose. 500 words each, approximately. Say which you prefer and why.
"Write on the night". Writing prompts will be provided and we will write "on the spot" for forty-five minutes and then share our work.
Write a piece in the first person, where you are a dog or ot(er(animal.
Turn on the radio, to a music station. Use the first line that you hear, of a song, to inspire a piece of writing.
Use any news or magazine article, in any way, as inspiration for a piece of writing. 1,000 words maximum, or an excerpt if you write a longer piece.
Hero/Heroine of the Banana Peel
The Pocket List. Make a list of 20 items found in a character's pockets. Write a 500 word piece based on the items - this can be a short story, character description, or something else.
The Road Home
A Spooky Tale
Reverse Alphabet Story with the theme "Parting is such sweet sorrow."
The Guest. Write a prose piece not longer than 1000 words.
Choose an emotion or a feeling - love, hate, joy, anger, sympathy, whatever you like. Then create a piece which describes or portrays this emotion, without actually naming it, but which brings out its essence. 1,000 words max.
Random words stories. Incorporate two words created by a random word generator into a story.
Remake a well-known fairy story with a twist! Can be prose, poem or flash fiction. Max 1500 words.
Comedy! Short story, poem or part of a novel with a humorous theme. Note - Jan meeting with same theme was cancelled due to weather so the theme has been 'carried over'.