Creative Writing

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Tuesday 22nd October 2019

We revisited the subject of dialogue this month and were tasked with developing a conversation between two characters that starts with this line:
“My dad used to do that.”
Now write 20 lines of dialogue that takes them from this starting point to the final line:
“My mother was right about you.”
Why not give it a go and bring it along to our next meeting on Thursday 21st November? Happy scribbling!

Thursday 26th September 2019

An enthusiastic group met in September and shared what they had written, having previously concentrated on avoiding cliches. Hardly a cliche in sight! So, moving on, we talked about how we prepare our work for presentation to publishers, etc. Yes, some of the writing was that good!
For the next month, and in readiness for our meeting on Thursday 17th October, we are going to read and read, taking note of how fiction is set out in print, with particular reference to dialogue.
Looking forward to seeing you there.

Monday 26th August 2019

We were pleased to welcome two new members to the group this month.
I’m also happy to report that, after being given the remit to write a description of a place which is special to them, we were treated to nine completely different kinds of places and nine completely different styles of writing. To my delight, almost all were devoid of clichés which was this month’s topic for discussion.
In September we are back to our regular time of 1.30pm on the third Thursday (19th) and the group has been tasked with a cliché-themed exercise, full details of which can be obtained from
If you feel like exercising your “little grey cells”, why not join us on the 19th when we’ll be looking at how to present your work for publishing/entering competitions.

July 22nd 2019

A wonderfully diverse group of writers met this month, from the whimsical to the mystical, from the profound to the profane, to share their work as decided at last month’s meeting.  It was a joy to listen to you all – thank you!  
A short exercise in letter writing followed – some funny, some very serious and one which prompted me to think “well, that was better out than in!”.  Again, a talented, very diverse group of individuals.
We then read and discussed Dan Brown’s amazing description of La Sagrada Familia (Barcelona) from his latest best-selling novel and have taken it upon ourselves to attempt to write a similar kind of description, of  a place of our choice, for the next meeting.  Simples!! (I don’t think).
N.B.  For August only, the next meeting will take place on the fourth Thursday, i.e. 22nd August at the slightly later time of 2pm This is due to the incompetence of this writer who had arranged a family get-together on the scheduled date of 15th August.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

June 20th 2019

The creative writing group spent some time discussing our favourite books and authors before tackling a proof-reading exercise. We then went on to do a fifteen minute “Coffee Break” challenge which involved creating the beginnings of a short story on the theme of a letter received after being posted many years before. Some interesting ideas came out of this so we agreed to follow it through for “homework” by extending our stories to between 300 and 500 words. In addition, just to make it even more interesting, we are going to try and include all our five senses.

Think you are up to it? Why not have a go and bring it with you to our next meeting on Thursday 18th July, 1.30pm in the Bolsover Library. We’d love to see you there.

May 19th 2019

The “new” Creative Writing group got off to a good start with a small but enthusiastic bunch tipping the nod to Gene, our leader of four years, by bringing in our homework which she had last given us.
We had each chosen a poem which evoked emotions in us. Such cerebral choices! Ranging from Robert Frost to Rudyard Kipling to Byron. Then there was …………………………
The Pig by Anonymous
It was an evening in November
As I very well remember,
I was strolling down the street in drunken pride
But my knees were all a-flutter,
And I landed in the gutter
And a pig came up and lay down by my side.
Yes, I lay there in the gutter
Thinking thoughts I could not utter,
When a colleen passing by did softly say
“You can tell a man who boozes
By the company he chooses” –
And the pig got up and slowly walked away.
Not sure what emotion this was supposed to evoke? Needless to say, I have been sworn to secrecy as to who brought it in!
Seriously, going forward we will be looking at different types and genres of writing, how to create characters, editing and critiquing, and much more.
For “homework” we are asked to read, read and read and also to observe (people watch).
Fancy joining us? Come along to the library on Thursday 2oth June at 1.30pm. I’ll have a cup of tea and a biscuit waiting for you.
great fun!

April 18th 2019

Hello all Creative Writing group members,

We’re taking a break this month (April) but will be back at Bolsover Library as usual on Thursday 16th May at 1.30pm.

Last month Gene tasked us with thinking about a poem we like, and looking at how it evokes emotions (if any) in us. As Gene is standing down as leader for the time being, I thought that before I take over the mantle, we should still do this before starting a new chapter.

Looking forward to seeing old and new members on the 16th May,


February 21st 2019

The writing group met as usual on the 3rd Thursday of the month at Bolsover library. There were only four of us however we had all done our “Homework” writing a short story and one absent member had sent her story in as well. All the stories were read out, shared by the group and enjoyed. Following this we did some quick exercises to stimulate the brain.

Next month the homework is either

Pretend you are a tree and write your story.


Write the passenger safety instruction card for a time-travel machine.

Or do both!

This group has room for more members to join and we would welcome some new blood, whether you are a budding author or got a writing project on the way or if you just want to come and play around with words you would be welcome. We all have different styles and abilities we do poetry, short fiction stories or factual ones.  Some of us occasionally write  a piece towards an autobiography, will we ever get there?!