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Where can I find a good writing group?

Image Oli Dale

It is a time-consuming journey. I’ve had to sit through “Shuggie’s Recovery Journal” and “A letter to my Daisy.” Daisy is the cat. Also, endless poorly edited material. Don’t get me wrong, there are places for such writing, but on new writers’ forums that cater for such material.

 I ended up forming my own “Advanced Creative Writers’ Meetup and Critique Group.”

There are specific rules:

You must have at least an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing. If not, you have to submit 500 words of prose, or a sizable piece of poetry for the group to assess your skills and vote you in. The initial hoop of writing 500 words or some poetry separates serious writers from time wasters. Do you agree?

Check out the Advanced Creative Writers’ Meetup and Critique Group

Advanced Creative Writers’ Meetup and Critique Group – DownToMeet

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“I felt once more, how simple a frugal thing is happiness”

Last night was beautiful. We took a drive to Loch Lomond, bought fish and chips, and sat watching the lazy sun dipping over the mountains and felt nature embracing us; lifting our spirits.

“I felt once more, how simple a frugal thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wrenched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.” – Nikos Kazantzakis


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     ‘Does your childhood seem far off?’

There is this scene in A Tale of Two Cities where the subject of nostalgia is discussed:

     ‘Does your childhood seem far off? Do the days when you sat on your mother’s knee seem days of long ago?’ 

     ‘Twenty years back, yes; at this time of my life, no. For as I draw closer and closer to the end, I travel in a circle, nearer and nearer to the beginning. It seems to be of the kind smoothing of the way.’ Mr Lorry replies.

     Much as I respect Dickens’ insight into human nature, I’m not sure I’m with Dickens on this ‘smoothing of the way.’  Truth be told, nostalgia is spurned by all generations. We have ABBA revivals. In China they have 80’s cafes where Generation Y can moonwalk the decade away to Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean. It’s even been reported that Generation Z are affected by early-onset nostalgia

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“One holds the knife as one holds the bow of a cello …”

Image: Olga Guryanova

One of the most gifted science writers is Richard Selzer. In an into to one of his essays he writes:

“One holds the knife as one holds the bow of a cello or a tulip-by the stem.” I have never been able to reason why this line draws me in, but it does.

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Dragonfly Catcher

Image: David Clode

My favourite haiku by Fukuda Chiyo-Ni. Perhaps this is so because it was the first haiku that had an emotional impact on me. The background of the poet made that possible by revealing the reason for writing. It was inspired after the writer lost a child who liked to search for dragonflies.

                                Dragonfly catcher,

                                Where today

                                have you gone? 

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“Suspended in the moving night…”

Suspended in the moving night

The face in the reflected train

Looks at first sight as self-assured

As your own face-But look again:

Louis Mac Niece, ‘Corner Seat’