For me, this was a jump into the deep end and into unchartered territories. The group members already feel like friends I have known for a long time. The Zoom sessions have challenged us, made us laugh, we have been upset when we have shared something personal in our writing that has emerged from deep within us, we have shared our emotions, shared our joys, learned from each other and given and received the gifts of words. I don’t know how I would have coped without this group. We’ve read work from a diverse range of writers from all over the world, I don’t think I’ve experienced a writing course as diverse before and I’ve loved it!
A poet once told me not to write poetry, she said I didn’t have the eye or insight for it. Her words crippled me for years. But Alyson’s gentle encouragement has been brilliant, as has the support of my fellow group members. So I now have a feast of writing in my portfolio, from poetry, prose, affirmations and observations, and even homework to work on during our break.
A whole load of redrafting awaits, but I have notebook full of writing and what better than being able to work on words already written instead of looking at a blank page or blank screen? Roll on Season 4, I can’t wait!