February writing challenge: “Something Crisp” – possibly subject matter (fried potato slices, artist’s models etc) but certainly in style – no flab or excess).




Our December meeting has been moved to Wednesday, 7th December. It will start at 8 pm at the Old Bucks Head, Frankwell.

December writing challenge


It’s too darn hot!


Life is mostly froth and bubble, / Two things stand like stone, / Kindness in another’s trouble, / Courage in your own. -Adam Lindsay Gordon, poet (19 Oct 1833-1870)

You can use any part of this poem or all of it. You can use specific words if you prefer as a seed for your writing and if you want to link it to WWI in time for Friday 11th November that is OK as well.

Prose, poetry, rap or song – whatever you want to write.

October challenge

Our October challenge prompt is the word “links”

Simple of complicated, it is your choice.

If you would like a picture prompt try the following:



This can be a prose, or poetry or song, or indeed anything else you want it to be.
This is a 15 minute exercise so you’ll need a timer.
It hasn’t got to be long, or perfect, it’s about writing free-flow without the ‘editor’ in your brain taking over.
Try to do it fast, without taking a lot of time to think, plan, or worry … Just write what comes into your head, don’t stop, don’t go back over what you’ve written until the end of the 15 mins. If you get stuck, just write down whatever comes into your head.
Here are two opening lines. Choose one or both. Set your timer – then write.
  • She’d always hated him.
  • Outside my house, there’s a man in a blue car.
June’s writing challenge set by Ian:EECummings
Write something, anything, prose, poem, dialogue, anything, inspired by all or part of the following stanza of a poem by e e cummings (as read by Michael Caine in ‘Hannah and her Sisters,’ from the days in which it was ok to like Woody Allen):
somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
any experience, your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

The only criteria is to avoid sentimentality.