Lois Elsden is passionate about writing – writing her own ‘stuff’, and encouraging and helping others to write too. She leads two creative writing groups, and a family history writing group. Recently, her second writing group, and the family history group, after a promising start, have seen numbers fall. It’s disappointing, but people have busy lives and other commitments, but it’s also a little frustrating when people just don’t turn up with no prior warning or explanation… But people do have busy lives…

In an effort to attract new members, Lois has written a short piece for the newsletter, hoping to attract new customers (not actual customers, they only make a contribution towards refreshments!)


Everyone has a story to tell, apparently! Well, in our writing group that’s exactly what we do, write and tell stories! The afternoon falls into two parts, separated by refreshments; for the first three-quarters of an hour, we talk and discuss different aspects of writing, maybe it’s how we choose names for our characters, maybe we think about places and settings and how to describe them, maybe it’s thinking about beginnings and endings, maybe there is a picture stimulus, or a set of objects… all sorts of different ideas to stimulate the creative process! A topic is suggested for the following meeting – but a suggestion is all it is – writing is what’s important, expressing ourselves, telling tales! After the break we share what we have written since we last met. Kindly criticism is always welcome, but usually it’s enthusiastic praise and encouragement.

Here’s the start of a story…

Afterwards Laurie couldn’t properly remember what happened, what happened in those seconds which changed lives for ever. She could remember standing in the sun among the crowd of enthusiasts, shading her eyes with the glare, waiting for the next vintage car to pass… she remembered squinting, could feel the heat on her bare arms and smell the fumes and hear the chatter of the crowd… Then there was a gap and she was lying on grass, anxious faces all around, distant wails and screams and sirens and then a helicopter was overhead… and then things vanished…

What happens next? Do you know? If you’re interested in writing, get in touch!

If you, our blog reader are interested in having your work, properly credited and linked, presented here, then please get in touch!

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