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Writing Group
Writers in areas of
Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, and Dorset County

* WELCOME TO PAPERBACK WRITER *

writers, poets, creative writing, writing just for fun, writing for well-being, poems, stories, articles,

writing group for Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole, Dorset

We have one meeting per calendar month which can be seen on

https://www.meetup.com/Paperback-Writer/

held at

CANFORD CLIFFS LIBRARY

(3rd Tuesday of each month 6:30-8:30 PM)

 The meetings are from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM – but for those especially keen – we can go on till 10:30 PM (this is entirely voluntary – you can leave at any time of course) – and I will be happy to listen to anything that you bring.

 

PAPERBACK WRITER IS ON MEETUP – BUT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO JOIN MEETUP TO JOIN PAPERBACK WRITER

Paperback Writer on Meetup – https://www.meetup.com/Paperback-Writer/

YOU DO NOT NEED TO JOIN MEETUP TO COME TO THE WRITING GROUP
but if you do not come by that route – you do need to contact me to discuss attending before you come to a meeting, many thanks.

For any questions – and requests to attend a meeting

MY PHONE NUMBER – John 07904402223
john.jolliffe@outlook.com

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Max 10 attendees at any one meeting

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

any stories welcome – short stories – articles – descriptions of Dorset present and past – any creative writing… no limit

 

and in some ways – if you want to start developing your authenticity in your writing in its purity – having no training or experience might well be echoed – as being advantageous –
as seen for example in the field of art, where – J M W Turner thought that being trained would lose his originality – and he was in fact self-taught

one can see from his paintings of Dorset for example, and one remarkable one of Poole Harbour (painted from the viewpoint of Evening Hill). One can see in it aspects of his amazing originality.


Canford Cliffs Library

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PAPERBACK WRITER AT CANFORD CLIFFS library
for writers, readers, poets, listeners

PAPERBACK WRITER
The Beatles song on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yYvkICbTZIQ

WE CAN WORK IT OUT
(hope this might inspire you to get on with your writing)

https://youtu.be/Qyclqo_AV2M?list=PLmo4pBukfRoN8SB5RKvfiY9CTl9pI_IFc

Max 10 attendees

– facilitating authentic writing

‘I found that writing – helped me so much in my life… in ways I never imagined possible…’ JJ

one can literally bring anything – it can be very basic – about any topic – it can be light-hearted – trite – deep – academic – whatever…
(details of my own writings are at the bottom)

Perhaps – you may bring a paragraph or two – that you’ve written – you’ve written whilst sitting in a park somewhere – observing something – or in a café – sometimes just the most apparently ordinary observations can turn out to have their own interest – something that no one else has seen – maybe from a perspective that is particularly one of your own – which you discover in making a few notes about it…

You can just bring a poem you’ve read somewhere to share

*no charges for these meetings

interests and position of myself as organiser

I see myself as Moderator of the group – to provide a safe space – and a place in which writers can be heard…

little of my own material will be brought – as I see myself primarily as a moderator of the group in regards to other people’s work

for those interested in therapy issues – I have a long history with attachment theory, existential writing & practice,
latest contemporary understandings in some of those fields – interpersonal understandings – occasionally this may give a flavour to some of my writings in terms of authenticity. Otherwise I can write on any subject that takes my interest – and you can write on any subject that takes your interest – just basic casual observations with no particular significance than that it was a few moments of something that you had seen – thought about – all of it is fine. I sometimes write very ordinary comedies. Or even little stories about Dorset – which I might bring once in a while.

People are very hesitant to join such writing groups – for fear they won’t fit in or won’t be accepted – that of course is the biggest resistance in many ways to them getting their writing done – it’s best just to come along and find out – that first step – if have you ever heard the comment –

‘The first step is half the journey’.

maximum of 10 people each meeting.

For any questions – MY PHONE NUMBER & EMAIL ADDRESS are just a little way down from the top of this homepage.

FIRST HALF THEME:

we are going for a themed first half

anything in the area of pollution is acceptable – you can bring a short piece that you have written – something you’ve seen – or talk spontaneously.

SECOND-HALF OF MEETING:

this is for the stories, descriptions, paragraphs – poetry etc. that you have written. Alternatively for stories, poems that you have seen somewhere and want to share – or you can just listen.

by facilitating – this includes – providing one with a space and encouragement to describe or express whatever…

Parking at Canford Cliffs Library – Free car parking in the private library car park next to the library itself. Not in the public car park. *The place where we can park – is right by the side of the library building in the picture above for Canford Cliffs Library – immediately to the right of the picture. But – we can show you where it is when you come.

Facilitating and understanding authentic writing

‘I write therefore I am’.

No experience necessary – could even be an advantage
**BUT YOUR WRITING CAN BE FACILITATED – IN MANY WAYS

*Writing of course – can access a form of personal development in ways which can catch one by surprise – regardless of whether one wanted anything published or not. I did a considerable amount of research in that area at a deep level in London.

I’ve had a few pieces etc published.
One in particular that I was pleased with – a short story in a book called ‘RD Laing – Creative Destroyer’ – published 1997’
I gave a short talk a few years back on BBC radio on ‘Anxiety States’.
I write on authenticity and comedies on authenticity.
Apart from that – I had about 25 pieces published in relatively small circulation magazines (variously for discussion groups, poetry clubs and therapy organisations – in London). Also around another 10 articles or so on some of my websites – in the area of therapy – and also a brief historical account of early alternative therapeutic communities in London on another website – and stories of Dorset on another website – and to which I’m continually adding to – and which can be seen on the Internet.

Don’t let my background here put you off – literally anything will do – although some people might relate to my topics.

The facility of using poetry to achieve expression can really free one up…

When I was 17, long time back now, I was over the moon to find myself fortuitously the winner of the Bournemouth College Open Poetry competition for Bournemouth and Poole. I was so surprised – I had never expected to win it! I found in writing poetry – that it facilitates in its free expression what would be very difficult, if not quite impossible to convey in ordinary narrative.
Sometimes a mixture – of poetry and narrative as it were – can facilitate better what one wants to convey…

John Jolliffe, MA

BOURNEMOUTH CHRISTCHURCH & POOLE, DORSET