Writing challenge for the March meeting: A piece (or extract) based on myth, legend, local folk law or misplaced family histories (eg alleged descent from Edward VII or granny posed for Picasso –sort of thing!).



May writing challenge

1) Write about a long-lost object/ person that has recently reappeared.

2) Write something where the dialogue and the subtext are in conflict, so what the characters are saying is the opposite of what they really think.

‘Write down three pieces of dialogue you hear from three different conversations. Put those bits into the same conversation. Take it from there.’

This could be prose or a poem with three different strands.

I also like, ‘The person your mother always warned you about.’

Again prose or poem.

Or even, ‘ Irresistible Temptation.’

Again poem or prose.


February writing prompt

Switch – rewrite a fairy story (can be rewritten as a poem) and switch the gender of the main characters or write in a way that convinces the reader that you are another gender. You can disguise the story so it is not recognizable as a fairy story – e.g. use a contemporary setting, or you can start with the idea of a particular fairy story and see where it takes you.


1. Write about ‘procrastination’. If you cannot write about ‘procrastination’ then write about what you got up to instead writing about procrastination!

2. Alternatively, write a letter to be left inside a library book. The letter should only refer to first names and appear to be a real letter revealing an intriguing slice of a fictional life. Bonus points if the next reader of the book tries to find out who you are so they can return the letter to you.

September writing challenge

September writing challenge.
Challenge: “Why I write”
Any format, but touching somehow on your own unique compulsion to write!WhyIWrite


In art a triptych is commonly an altar screen, with the crucifixion seen in the central panel and the two side panels often showing images of saints or patrons as if they were witnessing the crucifixion.

In writing (or any other art) you may use a triptych for any of the following reasons:

To give the art a narrative in the beginning, middle, and end sense of a story.

To continue a theme along three pieces.

To examine a subject from multiple perspectives or with varying techniques.

To show the progression of a subject, such as its growth or decline.

To showcase three separate elements that are related and complement each other.

The August challenge is to write something about

” breaking, finding, mending”.

Extra points if you use a triptych in some way.

Or, you can write about something completely different!