For our 2016 retreat we headed down the beautiful Heart of Wales railway line to the isolated hamlet of Cynghordy.
Suki White gave us a brilliant workshop at our December meeting showing up the various different Artists’ Books that she’s bought and made, and then gave us a demonstration on how to make our own. Cue the Blue Peter bit of lots of Pritt Sticks, cut out magazine photos, plain white paper … and a lot of imagination!
Simon gave us a workshop on how punctuation can help us get our message across properly.
In 2011, prolific writer Lynne Hackles ran two workshops for us. Lynne writes short stories, articles (many for the writing magazines) books, and has done a little bit of ghostwriting, as we found out!
Our September meeting co-incided with ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ so some decided to go the whole hog and come dressed as one too. (Some of them looked as though they’d done this before. Often.)
For our August meeting, we went travelling again, this time to Shrewsbury, to the venue of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, which was adjacent to Shrewsbury Abbey, where our one-time President, Edith Pargeter, set her Brother Cadfael novels.
After having so much fun with a drumming workshop back in 2006, we decided it was time to bang those bongos one more time!
Another Christmas, another Christmas Meal!
In Herefordshire (down south!) there was a writers’ bash – a gathering of several writers’ groups – and a posse of Wrekin Writers travelled down to represent us.
In 2009 we held out meeting in the National Trust’s Attingham Park, near Shrewsbury, and in the afternoon had a guided tour of this large country house, with its fascinating history.
Why are we called Wrekin Writers? Because we meet in the shadow of The Wrekin. So it was time to conquer our namesake!
Now for something a little different … a drum workshop. (It’s all about rhythm – get the rhythm and your words will flow better). Beat that!
The 2010 retreat took place in Gwynedd, when, a bit reminiscent of last year, there’d been a lot of rain …
In 2008 we returned to the Welsh coast, just north of Tywyn, to a large house called Llanfendigaid, which we would return to in the future!