FOLLOWING a successful scheme in Dudley, carers across the borough were invited to set their imaginations free and take part in a creative writing course.
What about me? was a free one-day introduction to creative writing for carers which gave people chance to share their experiences of caring for someone and learn a new skill at the same time.
Carers where able to choose to study autobiography or non-fiction writing, work with distance learning materials and submit an assignment to their tutor for written comment. They could also study in their own time and at their own pace.
Organised by the National Extension College, the workshop was aimed at adults who care for a relative or friend with a long-term illness or disability or who is elderly and frail.
Following this several of the group decided to continue with their writing and thus forming
The Dudley Carers Writing Group
The group has now been running successfully since 2008 and continues to grow, with new members joining the group either in person or online.
Our main purpose being, we all have many other commitments other than attending our sessions and the group fully understands the requirements of being a carer and their members if they can not attend. The idea of the group was for carers who enjoy writing to enjoy a day away from those they care for and encourage them with their writing.
Dudley carers writing group and have already published their first, second and third publications - Their anathologies -
Smiling is Allowed (June 2009)
Childhood Memories (June 2011)
Still Smiling, Five Years On (September 2013)
The group meet once a month and are generally based at Kingswinford Library. see calender for forthcoming events.