Category Archives: Prose

JAWAN – Back to Front

This is a marvellous short story by one of Pens very talented creative writers, Val Inchley, enjoy. Brrr – brrr, brrr – brrr It wasn’t until the noise had shrilled 20 times in his ear and the empty house that … Continue reading

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Can you offer constructive critique?

You might like to check out the writing of Pens members who have submitted their work for consideration by other writers and readers. The latest, from Dr. Val Inchely, a short independent story – based on the original in the … Continue reading

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Merrily Ablaze

More thoughts on the Bonfire season All around the flames flicked like serpent’s tongues. Leaping like fiery demons seeking out crevices where their heat had yet to reach. Fluidity spreading covering ever-wider territory, oozing seeping. Then a last searing explosion … Continue reading

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15 minute sketch on Magical Realism

During a recent mini workshop at the Pens group, this was Irenes ‘on the spot’ writing exercise. Standing at a bus stop near the Fire Station in Birmingham on a chill, blustery day, was a hungry mature art student, being … Continue reading

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Writers of all things will find this useful

Hi all, I have been following the blog linked below for some time and can highly recommend it to all writers. The insight, hints and tips are fascinating, instructive and answered many of my questions about all manner of literary … Continue reading

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People Back to Back

“Where were we last night?” “I don’t remember.” “Were we at the Green Man?” “Nah!” “We must have been in the Sun then.” “Oh yeh! I remember the blonde with the big shelf.” “I’ve got a date with her tonight.” … Continue reading

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The 39 steps down

Sally & Jane were twins of seventeen years of age; they were very keen on hockey, netball & swimming.  One day they spoke to their parents saying that they would like to go pot-holing. Their father & Mother looked at … Continue reading

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‘The 39 Steps’ workshop creative writing

As mentioned in the last Pens meeting report, here are the interesting and diverse pieces of 10 minute  spot writing exercise from the wonderful ’39 Steps’ Workshop with Jan Watts. We are also starting a wider collection on the same … Continue reading

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Wheelie Bins in Space – Karen Cochrane

Winner of the Pens ‘Wheelie Bin’ mini competition November 2015. Radio interference squealed and shrieked as the three aliens sat huddled together on the top of the windswept hill. ‘Earth to Central, Earth to Central, come in …….’ Antennas quivered … Continue reading

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Wheelie Rather Nice – Kate Faulkner

Winner of Second place in the Pens mini competition on ‘Wheelie Bins, November 2015 Wheelie Rather Nice You moaned about the magpies, you moaned about the rats And someone up in Scotland used her bin to ensnare cats. So when … Continue reading

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