I had the pleasure of leading a Creative Writing session as part of Adult Learners’ Week at Sandbach Library today. Six participants turned up on the day, which I didn’t think was too bad at all for a Monday afternoon!

After an initial warm-up chat sharing the story of our name (its origins, why it was chosen for us), we tackled some creative writing based around memories and the senses. Writing produced included memories of skiving off work to watch Motorhead, going to town hall dances, playing in The Vicarage, Sandbach as a small child, swimming in the Pacific Ocean, experiencing heavy rain in Egypt and being bought a first car.

I was so impressed with the quality of the writing produced and the willingness of people in the group to share their experiences. This made all the difference to ensuring the workshop went well. Reading aloud is often (always!) daunting, especially in a brand new group and it was great to see that everyone felt comfortable enough to share excerpts of their writing.

Thanks to Rowena Gomersall of Cheshire East Libraries for inviting me to take part in Adult Learners’ Week, and thanks to Joan, Trevor, Corey, Lavinia, Sarah and Graham for being there today! It was a pleasure to meet you all.

*Watch this space for future sessions.