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A Worthy End

March 30, 2012
W.E.A. Creative Life Writing Group

W.E.A. Creative Life Writing Group

Make the end worthy of the beginning was my third writing tip for 2012.  A worthy end was found for the penultimate session of the W.E.A. Creative Life Writing Group in Darlington this week.  Members of the group presented their projects to an audience of peers.  Although not everyone has come to the end of their project, as some are engaged in writing lengthy pieces, the challenge was to present a chapbook version.Several of the group chose to format their stories along the lines of the different life writing genres explored during the Autumn term.

Sue chose the epistolary style and wrote letters to the grandma she never knew.  The inspiration for this came from the exercise on unsent letters.  Sue commented that the writing she has produced for this project is a distillation of all previous courses in a wide variety of subjects, history, geography, etc.Gillian combined her memories with a collection of objects in a memory box to pass down the generations.  The picture below illustrates the two objects mentioned in her first chapter (The anemone hat and the Child’s Story Books) while Stella (to her right) tried her hand at diary/journal style of writing to produce a ship’s log of her journey through France on a canal bought renovated by herself and her husband.  Dulcie combined all three styles in a scrapbook collection full of family certificates, photographs, census records, diary excerpts etc. – a worthy end for all her family history research.

Other members of the group are compiling non-fictional accounts based on chidhood memories and recent experiences in overcoming both physical and mental health problems.  One learner tackled a fiction project and is rewriting her second novel set in the sixteenth century and I am working on a new collection of poetry based on family history.Gillian and Stella

‘An inspirational course.  I achieved more than I expected and it was so enjoyable.’ Susan

‘It has been a positive and motivating experience.’ Jean

‘Very much on the way to achieving goals thanks to excellent teaching and cooperative group.’ Vesta

If you would like to join a creative writing group to inspire and motivate you to achieve your writing goals, please contact me via e-mail on julema@tiscali.co.uk or telephone 07808 063944 New courses start in Darlington and Richmond, North Yorkshire in April.

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