The Writing Mums is a collective of mothers and grandmothers who have been writing together for almost three years. They have had their work collected in an anthology and have performed their work at The Edinburgh Fringe, The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Book Week Scotland and at the last two CoastWord Festivals.
Diane took the chair for the last Writing Mums workshop of 2014. She had given out our assignment at our tea party for Book Week – each of us had a greetings card and instructions to write a short story or poem inspired by the words and pictures on the card. Mine said “If you didn’t know how old you were, how old would you be?”
Our journal this month takes the form of a rather lovely conversation from Facebook ….
Thanks once again for an inspiring (and emotional!!) workshop this morning ladies. The hour and half disappeared in a flash. I felt reinvigorated to get back into the writing groove and intend trying to start my homework tonight! Xo
Our last workshop with Linda was a celebratory affair. We had some rather lovely cake from Emma and we were spoilt with some fantastic stories and poems. We will miss Linda’s insightful comments on our work but what we have learnt to be much more confident and we are becoming really supportive critics of each other’s work.
After attending my first Writing Mums Workshop in January, and trying to leave my self-criticism at home (a hard thing for a mum to do), I couldn’t wait for February’s workshop with Linda Strachan. Feeling enthused after tackling the exercise Linda had set us earlier in the month, writing a short piece based on one of four quotes, I wondered what this month’s workshop would bring, and hoping that my contribution was up to scratch.