November 30, 2012 by Alex
On a very wet and miserable November Monday, a group of local, aspiring writers met at ParkView4U Community Cafe to garner tips from creative writing workshop leader and writer, JA Brunning, to help put their stories of living and working in Lytham into written words.
After a quick, fun group storytelling game, Jane put us all to work. Using lots of wonderful artifacts,photographs and documents, kindly supplied by the Lytham Heritage Group, as inspiration points, we developed our ideas and memories through a series of writing exercises, which looked at place, character development, narrative voice, themes and imagery and narrative development.
Some of the group wrote poetry, some, short stories. Others were keen to try life writing and used the workshop to begin the process of putting their memories down on paper.
In no time, the two hour session was up. ‘What time next week?’ asked one enthusiastic member of the group? ‘Sorry folks,’ we had to say. ‘It’s a one time only event’.
And we are sorry not to be able to offer more writing workshops with Jane, but we hope that this taster workshop has given those who attended the confidence and inspiration to carry on writing and perhaps even submit to the new Lytham Lives anthology being published in Spring 2013.
It’s clear that there are some amazing Lytham stories out there and so we want to implore you: don’t lose them. Write them down! Fact, or fiction rooted in fact – your stories and poems are part of our town’s history. And you never know, you could become a published writer.
The creative writing workshop at ParkView4U marked the official launch of a new community fiction anthology, Lytham Lives: A Community In Writing. A call out for submissions was made earlier this month, asking writers from both inside and outside the Lytham community to send in their poems, short stories and pieces of life writing.
Entrants must be age 16 or over and can submit either one story up to 1,500 words, or one piece of life writing up to 1,500 words, or two poems up to 60 lines each.
The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Thursday 28th February 2013. All entries should be accompanied by an entry form and should be sent to email@example.com or handed into the desk at Lytham Library. Please see our submission guidelines for more details, or download an entry form here.
More story sharing events are planned for 2013, so if writing isn’t your ‘thing’, but you have a story you’d like to tell, there will be other opportunities to get involved. Look out for details in the local press, or keep up to date by following us on Twitter (@lythamstories) or Facebook.