Short stories, a poem and ‘Meet the Committee’ were the themes for our virtual June meeting. Thanks to the talents of three of our members, we were entertained by them reading An Easter Story by Sally Littlefair, An Empty Feeling by Gill Whitney and a poem, Viral War, by Heulwen Reading. Each one told a different story with a poignant edge, and was very enjoyable to listen to. We’ll share these pieces soon – stay tuned!
As everyone knows writing a short story or poem is not an easy thing to do (recalling our previous creative writing meetings) and in the discussion that followed members wanted to know where the ideas had come from and ‘where do you start?’. Our writers talked about the plot and the characters and which came first, and how they develop over time and how emotions can influence the narrative. In trying to work out ideas the writers said that they sometimes used a character they knew or an experience they themselves have had. At the end of the discussion it became apparent just how much time, effort and thought and of course, skill went into writing a these pieces.
In the ‘Meet the Committee’ part of the meeting, the committee members shared information with the members about their roles and responsibilities. A brief account of their work was given by each committee member and how coming together as a team was a positive experience. The point of this was to give new members an insight into the working of the committee and how it manages the affairs of the WI, and to explain the opportunities each member has to learn new skills at WI level and get involved at Federation and National levels. The committee hoped that this insight might encourage members to come to one of their meetings as an observer to see what goes on, and if they like it, to join the committee.