Ormskirk Writers' & Literary Society - OWLS - was established in 1963 by Dora Doyle to promote local writers. Founder member Ron Bartholomew contributed to the Waverly Encyclopaedias and was widely published in Practical Mechanics Magazine. A successful playwright, he opened his house to us for weekly meetings and served us with tea and home made cakes for many years. As Otis lifts Chief Engineer he also designed the press button control boxes used in lifts to this day. ALT="Ormskirk Writers' & Literary Society">

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Minutes Present: Kate, Janine (returning visitor), Joanne (returning visitor), Alex, Graham, Jean, Dave (returning visitor) Susan (guest) Write on the Night Unfortunately none of us could remember the line we had originally come up with, so Graham came up with the following, to be used as the first or last line. “I ended up in jail” (or) “The result was I ended up in jail” Alex (last line) True Story Alex took us on a trip down memory lane with an entertaining story about his relationship with his now, wife. Working in different cities they would take turns to visit each other. One day Alex travelled down for the day to see Cath as she couldn’t come to see him. He had planned to take one train the home, but she suggested taking a later one. The result was that due to fuel restrictions and other bad luck he ended up in jail. Owls found this very entertaining, Alex’s slick writing style and the mingling of love and comedy were well received, especially the line where he referred to first picking Cath up at a jumble sale. Joanne (opening) True Story Joanne has and old bike which she affectionately called a “chain-dropper”, on meeting her friend Nige (possibly boyfriend, this wasn’t specified), on finding he’s a keen cyclist it spurs her on to get a better bike. They plan a cycling holiday, and Joanne sets out to look for a bike. She finds one in a second-hand shop, buys it, cleans it up, and heads out on some test runs with Nige. However, her dream bike turn into a nightmare when she finds out she’s bought a stolen bike and is taken off in a police car. Owls enjoyed the simple and relatable nature of the story, and how you suspected something was going to happen, but still didn’t see the twist at the end coming. Susan (last) Fiction A child is out flying a kite with their dad at a bird sanctuary, based on Martin Mere. They take time to admire the kite, but is surprised when it hits an eagle, killing it, thanks to the fact that dad had attached some extra features in tribute to his hero, TV presenter and tracker Ray Meares. Thus the dad is carted off to jail. OWLS liked the descriptive narrative. Dave (last) Fiction Idea It was Dave’s first doing this exercise. He used the line for an idea for a story about a girl called Samantha taking her boyfriend on a Friday night out. He dislikes her treated him to Champaign etc. later the boyfriend encounters a mysterious woman and a man in a suit while Samantha is in the ladies. What are they up to? Dave left us guessing, but said he’d probably continue the story afterwards. OWLS enjoyed the description of Samantha, and also the casual yet interesting way Dave introduced the mysterious couple. He had our attention and we’re eager for more. Jean (last) Fiction A holiday in Greece turns ugly. A couple are sight-seeing in Greece, and after stopping for a drink, they decide to go on the another place. However, a fierce old widow, accuses the woman in the couple of being a witch and stealing her chicken. They couple try to defend themselves, but the police end being called, the couple end up in jail and the holiday is forgotten. OWLS liked the light tone, and comic nature to the story, and found it very relatable. Kate (opening) Fiction A man who signed up with uniformdating.com meets a woman for a coffee. He explains a funny story to her about how he ended up in jail for running a speed camera more than once. He wasn’t sure how she’d take it, but she doesn’t judge him. A twist at the end proves that the man has gone on a date with a prison officer. OWLS liked the contemporary nature of the story with the mention of online dating. We also didn’t see the twist at the end. Graham (last) Fiction (based on fact) Graham’s was a cautionary tale of children who choose to “borrow” some things they need for a game of cricket from a posh school. However, they didn’t anticipate being thrown in jail for this. OWLS enjoyed the descriptive nature of the piece, but would have preferred more dialogue.

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