CREATIVE WRITING I and II
2.00 pm to 4.00pm - Alternate Thursdays
United Reform Church, Laura Place/Pulteney Bridge


The U3A Creative Writing Groups 1 and 2 meet on a Thursday, every two weeks, from 2 pm to 4 in comfortable rooms at the United Reform Church, located on the Laura Place side of Pulteney Bridge. As a centre-of-town location it is easily accessible by public transport, and the Waitrose 3-storey car park is nearby for those travelling by car. Each Group consists of about twelve persons, a diverse mix of women and men, who have in common a wish to express original thoughts either in poetry or short stories. During our meetings each Member may, if they chose, read out work they have composed, after which comments on it are invited. These are framed constructively, with awareness of the author's sensitivities. Once each term the two groups combine for a workshop which provides a more formal structure for developing writing skills than the regular meetings. The summer workshop is an all-day event. We produce a bound annual anthology of work by group members which is sold at U3A meetings. Any surplus after printing costs have been met is donated to Dorothy House Hospice. As well as serving the literary interest of Members, the Groups have a social function. Friendships are formed, and understanding of the personalities of others in the group are deepened. Meetings are arranged in three terms per year, each consisting of six sessions. Members are expected to make a contribution to the cost of room hire, of a maximum of 10 per member per term, these of course also making a contribution to the finances of the Church. If you wish to attend a meeting prior to considering joining, please phone to enquire (contact number in members' newsletter).