The third meeting of BRW Scratchy Scribblers Writing Group was held this week on Tuesday, April 18th.  Twelve ‘would be writers’ were in attendance with apologies received from seven who have attended previously but were unable to make this month’s meeting.  For myself I am overwhelmed with the interest in this writing group.

The plan is to keep these meetings as varied and as interesting as possible and in doing so hopefully a couple of authors may very well emerge.

Diversity is the tag that could be given to this group and this in itself makes the meeting interesting.

This month’s topic to write to was “Mates for Life” and the different interpretations of the title was incredible.  We listened to memoirs, fiction, story-telling, reference writing and a children’s story; this is rather amazing for such a new group and apart from two, all amateur writers.  Yes, we have one published author in our group, Don Douglas and a young Canadian girl, Megan Hippler, has joined us and she is a Freelance Writer.

Also at the meeting we engage in a 15 minute writing exercise.  The topic for this exercise is decided on at the meeting.  At out March meeting we wrote about my sunglasses and yesterday in just 5 minutes we wrote about a dictionary I had taken along.  Once again a great variety of writings and all in attendance enjoyed listening to what their fellow ‘scribes’ had written.

BRW Scratchy Scribblers meetings also have a social component, which I believe is important in any activity, and the group seem to enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle with like-minded people.  Two hours just flies by.

May will be a busy month for the group with Burdekin Library and Burdekin Readers and Writers Association hosting Tom Edwards from ABC Open on Tuesday, May 9th from 10a.m. -12noon.  Tom will be conducting a free workshop with the focus being the new project “The Invisible Farmer”.  Then our next monthly meeting will be Tuesday, May 16th from 9.30a.m. – 12 noon and the writing topic for this month will be “Strength”.

Janet and myself, the two BRW members involved in the writing group, are extremely grateful to the Burdekin Library staff for their support of “Scribblers” by way of providing tea/coffee/milk and sugar for morning tea and also setting everything up.

I am confident this group will continue to move forward and it is just so good to have a writing group associated with  BRW Association.  We need more cogs in our wheel than just a biennial Literary Festival.