Circle Homework

Occasionally, an "optional homework" is set - which is exactly that!

Members may choose to take part or not.  The subject and the impetus will vary - it may be a set of words, a photograph, a topic or other prescribed method.  It is hoped that this will encourage members to use their writing skills to fashion a story, poem or article about the given topic and thereby improve their writing techniques.

Click here to see some previous winners

Christmas homework 2017

For those with strong enough constitutions after the coming festivities, the following Christmas homework has been set:

Either short stories or poems are welcome, with a word limit of 1000. The theme is "what I found in my Christmas stocking".

The readings will be on our first meeting after the break on 9th January.

Hallowe'en / Bonfire Night homework 2017

A short story of up to 1200 words on anything about Hallowe'en or Bonfire Night.

There were 17 entries but unfortunately only time to read 14 on the night. To keep up the momentum of the evening and complete the competition with the readings and judging all on the same evening the 14 were judged. Results were as follows:

1st    Les W.      Fields of Wheat

2nd   Joyce        A Burning Question

3rd    Nick          Life and Death

Click here to read some previous year's entries.



Summer homework 2017

Your brief is to write a story in no more than 1200 words, in which a person is faced with a seemingly impossible situation, and to show your reader how they deal with it ... and the winners were:

Winners :      Helen Collett with The Frying Pan and David Baldock with Forgive Me Father

Runner-up :  Sally Johnson with Agony Aunt.

All the stories are still here for members to read.

Christmas homework 2016

The theme for this year was Charles Dickens or anything Dickensian and Marta kindly provided prizes.

The winner: David Baldock with A Dickens of a Dream

second: Les Williams with Glad Tidings We Bring

third Neil Sommerville with A Shrewsbury Tale

Optional Summer homework 2016

A short story or poem, maximum word count 1200.

Any genre but with the theme, "It was the best of times".

Readings will be on our first evening after the break on 13th September.

Optional Christmas homework 2015

(a)  A story or poem on anything to do with fairies (no more than 1200 words)

    Winner:       The Death of Night by Nick Telepneff

         2nd.:       The Grave Beyond by David Burnell

          3rd.:       The Bitter Tale of an Elf by Joe Dulston

          4th.:       Merry Christmas Rupert by Walter Jardine

(b)  Dress or decorate your fairy mannequin!

    Winner:       Sally Johnson

         2nd.:       Chloé Stoakes

          3rd.:       Eunice Cooper (for Les?)

Click here for details


Optional Summer homework 2015

Now forget the birds – think BUGS!

The winner was Neil with "Top Secret"

... and the creepers-up were:

Les W with "2017X"
      Nick with "Housekeeping"
           and Dick with "Memories are Made of This"

Read all the entries here.

Optional Easter homework 2015

Forget Easter Bunnies and Easter Eggs – think BIRDS!

Write 750 – 1,000 words about a bird - the feathered variety, a nice young chick, or an old boiling fowl. 

The choice is yours.  Just take off and feel the wind beneath your wings.

Readings at the Circle meeting on Tuesday 21 April.

Flash Fiction set by Marta, our member in Budapest.

Write a story on any topic in no more than 350 words...

must include the words: sublime  tweak  skin  beach  slake

and must not include the word:  like

1st      Dick with Perils of Surfing Secrets

2nd     Les C. with Beach Boy

3rd      Ian S. with The Warm Cold

Click here to read the entries - and click here to read Dick's report and to see the proud winners!

Hallowe'en Homework Competitions


Click here to read some previous year's entries.