Creative Writing Group Creative Writing Exercises Tonbridge Writers' CIrcle Samples from the Tonbridge Writers' CIrcle
This creative writing group is for beginner writers and established writers.
It meets Friday mornings in Tonbridge, Kent, England, 10-12 a.m.
Drop-in. You can drop in for 1 class, or all of them.
Bring a friend!
£10 per session. £7.50 concs.
Angel Centre, Angel Lane, Tonbridge, Kent
The Angel Centre is a leisure centre and
gym in the middle of Tonbridge, near the High Street, Sainsbury's and a
Jeremy Robinson (Author
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These are some of the exercises we do in
the writing group:
writing in pairs or small groups, often one sentence at a time.
group tennis or consequences
writing as a whole group, a phrase at a time.
writing on any subject; sometimes using a single word to start.
free writing every day for 20 mins, reviewing the work at the end of 3 months.
free writing by starting with one word, a beginning and ending word/ phrase, a theme, a postcard, or using a piece of music.
projects and homework
many times projects will be set, on given themes or subjects, or in particular forms or styles, or within a set of guidelines. These projects are homework, to be brought to the group and shared.
sometimes writing projects have been set with 20 or so elements to include.
reading aloud to the group (sometimes in smaller groups); sometimes with someone else reading your work; sometimes handing out copies of your work to read.
if you request it the group can offer feedback in written form.
this includes free verse and formal poetry (including traditional forms such as sonnets and villanelles).
writing in small groups pitted against another group.
writing the ending of a piece first, then either working towards it, or backwards from it.
creating a character
building a character, sometimes within guidelines.
each writer creates part of an on-going story. Can become very elaborate.
Also: continuous poem
trying out different styles of writing.
rewriting and revising
rewriting your work, or someone elses work.
adding colour and details
writing a piece then adding extra elements.
writing a piece without using certain words.
writing within word counts, sometimes tiny amounts of characters and spaces.
writing a piece emphasizing one of the senses.
autobiographical writing from personal memories.
using dreams in writing.
creating a portrait of real or imaginary people.
writing with an overriding purpose: to make people laugh.
exercises which explore structure (such as reversing the order of events).
pieces which use a particular point-of-view, or alter the point-of-view.
exercises in the form of letters.
pieces which focus on dialogue, including writing only in dialogue.
places and landscapes
evoking real or imaginary places, sometimes using images.
writing outside the class
taking notebooks outdoors to write.
how to check over your work.
advice on getting publishing, including how to submit work to publishers.
looking at classic texts, and also contemporary works. Often writers bring in their favourite pieces of writing to present to the class.
Tonbridge Writers Circle is a friendly,
enthusiastic and relaxed group which meets monthly. We welcome anyone interested
in writing, whether they have been writing for years or just want to get
Each monthly session, everyone is encouraged to bring a piece of work to read out and if invited to, the group can give guidance and constructive feedback. If you have been hiding your work away for years, like the majority of us, it is great to hear what others think. Also if you would like someone to read your work aloud, this is always very helpful. Or if you would just like to sit and listen to what others are writing, it is entirely up to you.
We are not professional writers (well not yet!) or tutors, we are a group of people who love to write and we would love others to come and write with us. So if it is crime, romance, poetry, comedy or whatever takes your fancy, please come along to our group.
We meet the second Friday in the month at The Angel Centre, Tonbridge
1 pm-3 pm
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