Writers group has emphasis on fun

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Some do it for pure enjoyment, others for reasons cathartic.
‘ It’s an opportunity for members to have their work critiqued and listen to the work of other members, thereby encouraging them to continue the activity of creative writing. ‘ But whatever the motivation, a compulsion to write is the common thread for members of the Creative Writers Circle, and the rewards of writing so great more people are being encouraged to join the group, members say.
Group president Roger Browne said the Alexandrabased group had grown from four members two years ago to more than 30, and members were gaining inspiration, ideas and advice.
Members met monthly and read extracts from their writing ‘‘for enjoyment and critiquing’’, with an emphasis on fun, Dr Browne said.
All genres were explored and members wrote prose and poetry, fact and fiction.
‘‘The thing we have in common is a love of writing. We exchange information on writing and from time to time invite published writers to talk about their work or to lead writing workshops . . . It’s an opportunity for members to have their work critiqued and listen to the work of other members, thereby encouraging them to continue the activity of creative writing.’’
Don Morrison, a retired teacher, said the inspiration he had gained from the group had given him the incentive to ‘‘finally sit down’’ and start writing about life-time reminisces and musings.
Fellow member Ann Mills has self-published a book about her mother’s family, parts of which will be included in another writer’s book about the history of the Martin family. She said listening to other people’s writing had inspired her to write more herself.
‘‘To hear everybody else reading their contributions has given me permission, or a bit of credibility, to do more of my own writing.’’
Dr Browne, a retired electronics engineer who wrote various technical publications during his career, said he was relishing the opportunity to dabble in various kinds of writing.
‘‘It’s a release from the strictures of academia; to be actually able to invent things, that’s great — characters, places, actions, the world.’’ – The Creative Writers Circle meets on the first Thursday of each month, at noon, at Alexandra Community House. If sufficient interest is shown, an evening group could also be set up. For more information, email wbrowne@actrix.co.nz