Creative Writing

If you are a professional, an amateur or a would-be writer, and would like to pursue your interest in writing in the company of like-minded people, please come and join us.

Scout & Guide HQ
2nd Monday of the month
1.45 - 3.45 pm
  • Leader: Joan Potter - 0151 924 6027
  • Coordinator:  Sue Watkinson (contactable at Horizons meetings)

We are an informal group who enjoy writing in a variety of styles, from articles to stories and poems, with some friendly discussion and a few tips. Members’ suggestions are always welcome. Homework is optional!

For the first time this year, we are organising a Short Story Competition that can be entered by any Aughton & Ormskirk U3A member!

See the Post below called Creative Writing Group During Lockdown for information on how we are creatively carrying on remotely and to read one of our stories!

Creative Writing Group During Lockdown

When we heard that we’d no longer be able to meet up for our usual monthly sessions, the Creative Writing Group decided that we’d still like to write something every month and share it via email. We knew it wouldn’t be half as enjoyable as getting together but it was better than nothing. However, with the next ‘meeting’ several weeks away, someone suggested we created a WhatsApp group so we could keep in touch in the meantime. What a great idea! National lockdown was looming but we were prepared.

We’ve got to know each other surprisingly well. Through the WhatsApp chat we’ve heard snippets of lives past and seen present day photos from daily walks. We’ve even had the odd glimpse into each other’s homes via Zoom. Strangely, during this time apart, acquaintances are becoming firm friends.

One day, a bit of banter on WhatsApp sparked a couple of lines of fiction and everyone joined in adding their own couple of lines. Before we knew it we had a page-worth of words that could have been lifted from a spy novel. It was a bit of fun so we decided we’d have a proper go with a new story. We’ve written seven so far, including one round of poetry. The six of us keeping ourselves amused with these exercises are set in a new order every time and then write two or three paragraphs each, usually two rounds per story.

Follow this link to see our most recent creation!

With all of this, plus our short story competition entries, we’ve done more writing in the last three months than most of us ever do under normal circumstances and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of lockdown.

Short Story Competition

If you would like to submit a short story of no more than 1000 words, on any topic, you could win a £25 book token and see your work in print in the August edition of the magazine. This is a new venture for the Creative Writing group and we are hoping for lots of entries, so please start writing now.

Some members of the group have offered help with typing and emailing so, if you would like some assistance, please consult Sue Watkinson at Horizons  or email CreativeWriting@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk and we’ll do our best to support you.

Read on for the full details …….

Short Story Competition Guidelines

  • The competition is for a story of no more than 1000 words and no fewer than 300, on any topic.
  • Stories should not have been published previously.
  • There will be one prize of a £25 book token.
  • Entry is restricted to members of Aughton & Ormskirk U3A.
  • The competition will close at midnight on Saturday June 27th 2020.
  • The result will be announced in August.
  • Pages should be A4 size, typed in 14 point using a plain font with 1.5 spacing.
  • Pages should be numbered.
  • The number of words used, excluding the title, should be included at the end of the piece.
  • Entries will be judged anonymously, so do not put your name on the text pages of your entry.
  • The story should submitted to CreativeWriting@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk as an attachment to an email listing the title of your story, the number of words, your name, phone number, email address and U3A membership number.
  • Your entry will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
  • Copyright remains with the author but by entering you are agreeing to publication of your work in the August edition of the U3A magazine and on the website if you win.