These Things Are Sent To Try Us

The writing prompt for our meeting was ‘These Things Are Sent To Try Us’. Here is a selection of pieces from members of the Rugby Cafe Writers. Love Is Great, Except When It Isn’t by Jim Hicks Years ago, I was in the south-east and an old college friend kindly agreed to give me aContinue reading “These Things Are Sent To Try Us”

Writing about Spring

Rugby Cafe Writers were challenged to write a story, poem or article on the theme of Spring. Here is a selection of their contributions. Hot Cross Buns by Christine Hancock Spring means Easter, and the start of Easter is Good Friday, which means Hot Cross Buns. I got married in 1977, in May, but thatContinue reading “Writing about Spring”

Writing about Ireland

Rugby Cafe Writers were invited to write a piece of fiction or non-fiction on the theme of Ireland. Ireland: a personal perspective ‘The Land of Saints and Scholars.’  So says the well-known phrase describing the Irish Republic.  A less-kind observer, in search of a similarly alliterative moniker, might say ‘The Land of Poets and PouringContinue reading “Writing about Ireland”

Writing inspired by song titles

Rugby Cafe Writers’ members were invited to write a story, poem or article of up to 300 words based on a popular song title. Here is a selection of the contributions. Scarborough Fair by Pam Barton It was years since I had been to the annual local fair. In fact it must have been atContinue reading “Writing inspired by song titles”

An Experience You Never Had

Rugby Cafe Writers were challenged to write a piece, maximum length 300 words, about an experience they have never had. Here is a selection of their contributions: A first time for everything by David J Boulton ‘Only one go at this, no second chances.’ There were others present, but they couldn’t hear. The conversation wasContinue reading “An Experience You Never Had”

Thrapston Mansions – Writing Project 2021

Rugby Cafe Writers have completed their 2020 writing project, inspired by Alexander McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland Street series. We created a fictional set of characters living in a small block of flats in North-West London. Each meeting, someone in the Cafe Writers was challenged to write 300 words (maximum) about one of the characters, bearing in mindContinue reading “Thrapston Mansions – Writing Project 2021”

Christmas Short Story Competition

For our Christmas meeting 2020, Cafe Writers were challenged to write a short story of 200 words beginning with the phrase, It was the week before Christmas, or It was the night before Christmas. Here is a selection of the entries. Disaster Averted by Lindsay Woodward ‘Twas the week before Christmas and Santa had brokenContinue reading “Christmas Short Story Competition”

How do you write about encounters?

Encounters are important in any story. How does a story change after an encounter? Which sort of encounters are the most effective? This was the topic for our discussion. Get to the PointOur book sales have stalled a bit. We have sold 24 e-books and 44 paperbacks. There is still time to buy the bookContinue reading “How do you write about encounters?”

October newsletter

Book sales We have currently sold 59 copies of our book. Keep spreading the word everyone. It’s the ideal Christmas gift!https://rugbycafewriters.com/buy-our-new-book/ Publishing numbers It was fantastic to hear that four of our members have new books out – Christine, Bella, Lindsay and Maddy. Christine published the fourth in her Byrhtnoth Chronicles series this week. Please supportContinue reading “October newsletter”