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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.

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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’?

Lucky Concert Earrings

Lucky Concert Earrings

For our podcast this month, we’re pleased to present Sunday Writers’ Club member Caroline Stevenson – chatting with her outdoors near Stephansplatz in the historical heart of Vienna. Listen in and find out about Caroline’s musical career and interest in writing, and listen to Caroline reading her short story “Lucky Concert Earrings”.

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.

The Blacksmiths Cosmos and Damian

The Blacksmiths Cosmos and Damian

The villagers loved them, or to be more precise, “respected” them, because the love was tinged with a bit of fear. How could you not be a little afraid of such strong characters. They looked as if forged from the same iron as the harnesses and rails and pots and pans they made. No one had ever seen them get hurt, or look sad.

I Never Said You Were Stupid

I Never Said You Were Stupid

Podcast interview with and short story by Holly Girling.

“I never said you were stupid.” Florian shook his head at his feet despite his eyes floating up to Mount Olympus. He thought he was a god among men. Why so many people in his life should misunderstand so much, and so often, was beyond him. The time it took for others to discover what he’d felt he was born knowing infuriated him. Florian had a life motto and that was: do not wait.

The Winterbourne Water

The Winterbourne Water

The canes of the raspberry bushes had to reach a purplish stage of red. Each early January morning the villagers would gather around a patch of raspberries at the edge of town. They didn’t need to say anything or make some kind of an announcement.

Empty City Streets

Empty City Streets

I drove like my life depended on it. I really felt it did. Every empty street a wasteland bereft of humanity.

I had been so looking forward to the holidays. Although holidays seemed too rich a word for what we had this year. Of course we didn’t have to work, but the lines between work and home have blurred to an insignificant grey whisper like the vapour trail of a plane we used to see in the sky long after they had disappeared over the Atlantic and far away. Will the pilots even remember how to fly?

Secret Santa Story Share

Secret Santa Story Share

What better way to spread the Christmas joy than to share a delightful collection of Christmas stories from Sunday Writers’ Club members Tamara Raidt, Brigitta Serbán, Connie Phlipot, Jennifer Cornick, Sandra Völker, and Stephen Hewitt. These enthusiastic SWC members (and more) participated in our Secret Santa Story Share – writing a Christmas story and sending it by mail to another member.

The Last Tree of Serengia

The Last Tree of Serengia

This week, Sunday Writers’ Club member Sandra Völker takes us to the futuristic city of Serengia for a poignant story about trees and the destruction of their habitat in the name of progress, about waking up to their importance all too late. But perhaps in Sandra’s story, like the climate emergency we’re all living through, there is a glimmer of hope. What do you think?

The Central European Species of Tram

The Central European Species of Tram

Trams are a much-loved mode of transport–rattling and clanging along busy streets in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. But the Central European species of tram is particularly fascinating, as Sunday Writers’ Club member Connie Phlipot shares with us here.
Do you enjoy riding the tram? Please do share your thoughts about this story and how you feel about riding trams in the comments section at the end of this blog post.

Two New Stories from Sunday Writers’ Club Members

Two New Stories from Sunday Writers’ Club Members

This week we’re delighted to present two new stories from Sunday Writers’ Club members Brigid Whoriskey and Connie Phlipot. With a ghost at the stairs and a frightful discovery to a stone carver commissioned to capture the vision of a city in a century long past, these stories will take you on journeys of the imagination. We hope you enjoy them and encourage you to leave your thoughts for the writers and other readers.

The Labyrinth

The Labyrinth

In this month’s podcast, Scottish poet and Sunday Writers’ Club member Stephen Cuthbertson shares with us his fascinating writing journey and his latest poem titled “The Labyrinth”.

What Makes for a Good Life

What Makes for a Good Life

Sunday Writers’ Club member Angie Reitlinger-Zorn shares her creative writing with us, inspired by the SWC prompt: The Art of Living—use your wisdom to explore this topic, perhaps as words of advice to a friend
or child, or even as a gentle reminder to yourself. What makes for a good life?

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