Wimborne Writing Group
I’ve been leading a Creative Writing class in Wimborne for over 15 years and it is a wonderful group of dedicated and talented writers many of whom have succeeded in being published during their time in the group. Members of Wimborne Writing Group have published novels, poetry, plays (which have also been performed), short fiction and various forms of non-fiction. Two members have gone on to study for and achieve MAs, and one member has recently completed her PhD – all in Creative Writing.
I tutor Creative Writing courses for The Open University.
I am experienced and qualified at leading groups and writing workshops and giving readings. I offer mentoring to writers and poets.
My academic qualifications include: BA (English Language and Literature); MA (Creative Writing); MSc (Sociology & Social Policy) PGCE (post-16 & adult education); Fellow of HEA.
Here are some short profiles of some WWG members:
Ruth Blaug enjoys writing poetry and short, often very short, stories. She writes about the birds and other animals that people her life, and likes to experiment with ideas and forms. She enters a few competitions every year and ‘very occasionally’ (Sarah says: ‘often’!) gains a prize.
Carole Smith Shortly after joining Wimborne Writers group, Carole had poems and articles published in one or two magazines. Then, in order to learn more about writing fiction, she applied to study creative writing at the University of Southampton, where she remained for six years, studying, teaching, gaining a PhD, and, among other work, has written a novella and laboured over a full-length novel.
Pauline Howard With many years of writing groups and a correspondence course in creative writing behind her, so far Pauline has had no hits and five misses. Fiction of the adventurous sort detracts from the mundaneness of working with figures on a daily basis, so in her limited spare time if she is not reading, she is writing. She has four children and nine grandchildren.
Jill Kell has enjoyed the inspiration and friendship of creative writing groups for over 20 years. These days she uses the skills learned mainly to write up her family history researches, only occasionally venturing into the world of competitive writing.
Christopher Beck has a background in music and has had poems published in South magazine. He was 2007 winner of the Somerset Fellowship of Drama competition and his entry, ‘The Lesson’, was performed at the Little Theatre, Wells. He has an MA in creative writing from Southampton University. He won first prize for poetry in the Christchurch Literary Festival, 2012. He has completed and published a novel, ‘The Summertime Blues’.
In 2008, Wimborne Writing Group published an anthology of prose, poetry and drama: ‘Crumbs on the Table’ (ISBN 978-0-9559503-0-8).
In December 2013, we published our 2nd anthology, ‘Grapes on the Vine’, (ISBN 978-0-9559503-1-5) also very popular and sold well.
Currently we meet at Clarcs which is the Community Learning & Resource Centre in King Street, Wimborne. If you are interested in joining please contact me, Sarah Steele, at Clarcs.