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Peterborough writers form Monday morning Write Club

A weekly online writing club set up by Peterborough creatives has held its first sessions this week.
Peterborough writers form Monday morning Write Club hosted online via Zoom (Photo: Write Club)

Write Club has been set up by Mark Wilshire-Grist, Keely Mills and Charley Genever and is for the creative people of Peterborough who are finding themselves at a bit of a lost end since the lockdown began.

A number of writers meet-ups that were set to go ahead have been cancelled, as well as a number of creative events and projects. For people in the city looking for encouragement and inspiration from their peers, the only option was to go online - and that's what Write Club is all about.

The group meets via Zoom on Monday mornings at 9.30am (with the meeting link posted onto its Facebook page at 9.20am) and do a number of exercises, including a poetry reading and a free-writing session. Individuals then set three targets for their week, and go away to produce a piece of work based around a theme.

On Friday evenings, the group meet again and share the work they've created.

The theme for the week beginning April 13 was 'fearlessness' and several writers have already shared their poems on the Write Club Facebook page.

The invitation to take part is open to everyone, experienced writers or not, and all that is needed is a computer/device with a webcam, paper, a pen (preferably felt tip, so that it can be seen through a webcam) and a Zoom account.

Take a look at the Write Club Facebook page Write Club Facebook page, and if it inspires get ready to join on Monday morning!

In addition to Write Club, there are other creative groups taking their activities online. The Syntax Poetry Festival is encouraging Peterborough residents to join in their National Poetry Month activity and for the young creatives of the city, Peterborough Young Writers has started the Write to Unite campaign.