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Splatch by Jonathan Pickering

Splatch by Jonathan Pickering

Read the latest fantasy story by Sunday Writers’ Club member Jonathan Pickering based on the following prompt: Write a conversation between two spectators in the crowd at a football match (or other sporting event). Is their team winning? Give the reader a sense of the action on the pitch but maybe the conversation is about more than just the game…

Spectators by Connie Phlipot

Spectators by Connie Phlipot

Enjoy reading the latest short story one of Sunday Writers’ Club’s most prolific members – Connie Phlipot.

Inspired by the prompt:
Write a conversation between two spectators in the crowd at a football match (or other sporting event). Is their team winning? Give the reader a sense of the action on the pitch but maybe the conversation is about more than just the game…

Rakki’s Field Trip by Janice Cutting

Rakki’s Field Trip by Janice Cutting

This week we’re pleased to present the latest short story by Sunday Writers’ Club member Janice Cutting. This imaginative and thought-provoking story for young readers is inspired by two SWC prompts:

– Write about what “Climate Emergency” means to you – have you experienced it already? What are your thoughts about the future?
– UFO: The Pentagon is about to release a landmark report about UFOs. Ride the current wave of public intrigue and write a story featuring a UFO.

First Kiss by Tamara Raidt

First Kiss by Tamara Raidt

I didn’t like my first kiss:
this is the first thing I reminisce.
Strange how the intention (or here,
the non-intention), is stronger than
the kiss itself, than the taste,
than the impression, I guess
I wanted to impress him.

The Many Faces of Rain by Janice Cutting

The Many Faces of Rain by Janice Cutting

The month of May in Austria has been one of the coolest and wettest in decades. What better way to celebrate the blessing of rain in an ever-hotter world than to capture it’s feeling in a poem. We thank Scottish Sunday Writers’ Club member Janice Cutting for sharing her refreshing poem entitled The Many Faces of Rain with us all.

Zwerg, Spitz and Maus by Connie Phlipot

Zwerg, Spitz and Maus by Connie Phlipot

“I don’t like this name they call us. It’s derogatory on two counts.”
“How so?” asked Spitz.
“Pygmy denotes something inconsequential. And shrew is some nasty bitch in a boring Shakespeare play.”
“Zwerg, stop worrying and eat.”
“I just ate 10 ants and I’m bloated. I must weigh six grams by now.” Zwerg belched and toddled off to rest under a leaf.

Song for Dolly by Tamara Raidt

Song for Dolly by Tamara Raidt

Enjoy Listening to Sunday Writers’ Club member Tamara Raidt and Julien sing “Song for Dolly” inspired by the prompt: Did you know Dolly Parton has recorded and released well over 900 songs? And she’s written thousands more! Now’s your chance to write her tribute song. You might use the title “Song for Dolly” or come up with your own title for a song about someone who loves and lives for music.

Treacle by Connie Phlipot

Treacle by Connie Phlipot

Enjoy reading “Treacle” by Sunday Writers’ Club member Connie Phlipot. Based on the story prompt: Write a story entitled “Treacle” where, ironically, the story’s pacing is quite the opposite – no backstory, no pondering protagonist, no narrator interjections – it howls along, leaving the reader gripped with anticipation to the big question: Why the hell is this story entitled “Treacle”?

HOW GOOD AM I LOOKING? A note on 1st person POV narration

HOW GOOD AM I LOOKING? A note on 1st person POV narration

This is a short extract taken from April 2021’s “Writers’ Lab” Masterclass. Every month award-winning author Keith Gray offers idiosyncratic advice and indispensable guidance on many different aspects of creative writing – perhaps how to build Suspense, maybe ideas for combining Words and Music in your stories or poems, and even why Literary Agent’s matter. The “Writers’ Lab” also includes imaginative writing tasks which challenge you to experiment with the way you write.

Change

Change

Dana wasn’t alone.

A whisper of warm air against his skin, the echo of an undefinable rasping against the wall. Sweat dripped down his side into the drawstring waistband of his pants. He got up from his knees — he’d been going through his morning exercise routine. He had devised it years ago to define and delimitate his days.

His Seventh Birthday

His Seventh Birthday

Ronan peered out at the coast rushing past the train window, the tide was steadily rolling in. He remembered a time before that, when the water had been his home. A time, when he had been a creature who moved through it, as if liquid himself, swooping down between the waves and coming to shore to play in the sunshine.

The Announcement

The Announcement

ALL BEARDS MUST BE SHAVED BY MIDNIGHT.

The priest launched into the sonorous voice reserved for incantations as he read the bold sign on the village hall. He spat. God had determined that holy men must have their faces covered.

“What if a woman were told to shave her head?” he thundered to the baroness, who had stepped out of her carriage to read it.

The Sleeping Elephant

The Sleeping Elephant

Marie sat on top of her favorite cliff by the seaside and looked out over the intensely turquoise and azure blue water. Wet mist crept over the nearby rock formations and kept the world at a distance. Moss in many different shades of green and ochre surrounded her and all she could hear was the meditative sound of waves breaking against the grey rocks countless feet below her.

A Note on Imagery

A Note on Imagery

This is a short extract taken from March 2021’s “Writers’ Lab” masterclass. Every month award-winning author Keith Gray offers idiosyncratic advice and indispensable guidance on many different aspects of creative writing – perhaps how to build Suspense, maybe ideas for combining Words and Music in your stories or poems, and even why Literary Agent’s matter. The “Writers’ Lab” also includes imaginative writing tasks which challenge you to experiment with the way you write.

The Ossuary

The Ossuary

Enjoy reading the latest creative writing by Sunday Writers’ Club member Caroline Stevenson.

Inspired by the following prompt: An ossuary is a box or building made to serve as the final resting place of human skeletal remains. Write a poem or a story about, or set within, an ossuary.

Good Things Come in Threes

Good Things Come in Threes

Good things often come in threes, stories included. So, this week we’re sharing three brand new stories from Sunday Writers’ Club members for your reading pleasure. As with all the creative writing on this blog, the stories are inspired by our unique Sunday writing prompts. A big thank you to Eleanor Keisman, Connie Phlipot, and Jonathon Pickering for their contributions.

An Anecdote About Agents

An Anecdote About Agents

It seems so unfair to shove a contract full of labyrinthine legalise in front of a novelist and expect them to understand it. They’ve probably just spent their whole day imagining haunted heroes, or at the very least trying to invent new metaphors for woolly gloves. And now they’re expected to sign away their beloved book, their rightful rights and their financial future to those ‘herein known as The Publisher’?

Ghost Town

Ghost Town

Many thanks to Connie Phlipot for sharing her Ghost Town story based on the following SWC prompt: From Japan to Spain, regional populations are now dwindling; entire areas are returning to wilderness, leaving ghost towns visited only be packs of wolves, roaming bears, and the very occasional adventurers…like the character/s in your story. What happens when they make it into such a town just after sunset?

The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us

This week we’re pleased to share with you two songs written by Sunday Writers’ Club members Dagmar Bayer and Tamara Raidt. We also welcome Dagmar Bayer into the SWC community as one of our newest members.
We hope you enjoy reading and listening to the music.

Lacunae

Lacunae

The cardboard cover was bent at the edges, the red coloring faded to pink in the center. Angela didn’t buy expensive leather bound notebooks for her journals in those days. She scooped up a handful from the college bookstore sales bin at the end of the term. She had only one requirement — that they were lined. She couldn’t journal across blank pages. She needed some structure to guide her wandering thoughts. This one was from her late 20s. One of the last notebooks she had bought at school.

Punctuation Poetry

Punctuation Poetry

This week we’re excited to present three terrific poems written by participants at our very first official creative writing workshop. Tutored by Australian poet John Malone, writers at the “Red Pencil Sharpener” workshop crafted poems about everyday things seen through the vibrant, hyper-real lens of the poet.

Thank you to Holly Girling ,Stephen Hewitt, and Tamara Raidt for sharing their “Punctuation Poetry” with us.

Ode to Woody

Ode to Woody

This week we’re excited to present our very first song that has come out of a Sunday creative writing session. Many thanks to Tamara Raidt for the lyrics and singing along with her friend Julien.

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