Having fun at a writer’s group

Ball Pit

There is something magical about finding a fun writer’s group.

At last weekend’s Sunday Writers group we tried out a new activity – Word Bingo. Now, before you groan here me out – this was a far more fun than it had any right to be. That might be because I am hugely competitive and I happened to win. Who is to say. Winning the prize for that week certainly was nice. I can tell you that.

You play word bingo like normal bingo. You each have a sheet of writer-related words and the speaker says that word, you tick it off. The speaker, in our case, is whoever is presenting something or asking a question, or whatever – it depends on what we are doing at the time.

The benefits of a fun writer’s group

We noticed an unintended and beneficial side effect of the game. While we were playing, every one of us paid rapt attention to what was being said. Our listening skills were turned up to 11.

The point is that creativity and working together does not need to be boring or overly serious. A lot of studies show that if you can have fun doing something, your focus is greatly improved.

Which is why I spent a lot of the day, yesterday, writing a generator script to make Writer’s Group Word Bing cards. There is a post on the Author Buzz Dev blog explaining how it works under the hood. If you have a geeky side and want to take a look then check it out.

Writers’ Word Bingo

How do you have fun at your writer’s group?

This got me thinking. How do other writers groups make their weekly (or monthly) events maximally fun?

Let me know in the comments about the fun activities that take place at your local writers’ group. After all, everyone loves a fun writer’s group, right?

Thanet Creative (formally Thanet Creative Writers)

Thanet Creative Writers is now Thanet Creative. If you want to know what’s up with the new name, keep reading.

At our AGM yesterday members voted unanimously to simplify our name from Thanet Creative Writers to Thanet Creative. This was in order to better express the breadth of creative activity that we hope to support.

We are still the same charity. We are still just as keen as ever to support writers and authors but we feel that the new name better encompasses the fact that we are a charity that cares about poets and other forms of creative expression too.

As an added bonus, this neatly side-step the cybersquatting problem where mean people have purchased domain names that we should have been using and then directed them to websites that were not us.

In short, this is just a minor rebranding to fit with our wider identity as creative souls. After all, creativity has – and always will be – at the heart of what we do.

As part of that change, we are setting up shop with a new website. Over the next few weeks, we will be moving the best and most important content (that is still relevant) to this new website.

We hope that you will continue with us on this next stage of our creative journey.