Tuesday, 6 October 2009

scRibble - first meeting update

A quick word from Catherine Cable - one of the founders of Preston's newest creative writing circle. Their first meeting was held at the New Continental on the 28th September...

I am sure my fellow "founder" Cat, would agree that we heaved a huge sigh of relief as 18 other budding writers arrived to take part (I had been wondering all day if we would be left sitting all alone with only the excellent wine and possibly a portion of bread and butter pudding with which to console ourselves!).

The evening got off to a good start with introductions from all the members (and hopefully I didn't witter on too much). Who would have thought that one creative writing group could boast not one, but two stars of Eastern European Television?

The short writing exercise based on "A new take on a traditional tale" produced some fine examples of creativity; from Rumplestiltskin in the guise of Sam Spade to a moving account of the re-homing of a young miner in a specially converted cottage with 6 others of similar small stature via a chilling account of a blood thirsty wolf. Pleasingly Jeremy Kyle also made an appearance featuring in an interview with Cinderella and her sisters "init".

If this is what we can produce during our first meeting, I can't wait to see what else these talented folk can come up with. I am looking forward to learning from the more experienced and sharing my angst with other beginners.

The "Challenge" for our October meeting is to produce a piece of writing starting with one of the following lines:

1 - Shadows quivered on the wall as the candle flickered, then fizzled to nothing.

2 - The dream last night had seemed so real, but it was just a dream, right?

3 - The storm whipped the trees outside and she huddled into her quilt.

4 - The prickles on his neck told him he was being watched.

Here's looking forward to sharing some chilling (or otherwise) tales for our late October meet.

The next meeting of scRibble will be at 7.30pm on Monday 26 October in the snug at the Conti. All welcome.

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