WOWO 1 December 2022

Poems and short stories set the trend for the coming Thursday’s session, with no fewer than six of the former and four of the latter from eight different authors. This, as well as a short story in progress, from which we will hear a further extract. The standard of writing continues to be of a remarkably high standard, so that we can expect a stimulating evening!

In addition, there will be a discussion on our newly designed website (thanks to Frank Fahy) – suggestions for further content and possible modifications are welcome. Comments and suggestions on the following issues will be welcomed:

How do we want the website to look? Do we want a static homepage? How many items do we need in the menu? Do we need to see all the WOWOs? Should we start with a ‘poem of the week’? Should we have presentations on the home page? …..

So please, everyone, before our session begins, have a critical look at the homepage so that we can optimize our door to the universe!

And finally: Members are being invited to contribute to the Write-On Christmas Special on 15 December. Planning this is also a topic for the evening’s agenda.


Poem The Marathon Brian Ferguson

Poem November James Conway

Poem The Annual Threat Kathleen Phelan

Poem The Rabbit Hole Celia Scully

Poem We remember (revised version) Brian Ferguson

Poem Father Browne James Conway

Extract Aunt Bibi (extract 3) Geraldine Warren

Short Story The Change Anne Murray

Short Story The New Arrival Frank Fahy

Short Story A Christmas Story Mary Rose Tobin

Short Story The Golden Couple Frank Fahy

Discussion Ideas for our New Look Website All Members

Planning Write-on Christmas Special All Members

WOWO 24 November 2022

This week brings a full agenda, which is opened with the popular Mug of the Month competition. The keywords WATCH and PLAN have inspired ten members to put fingertip to keyboard. It is always fascinating to see the wide diversity in themes which results when our writers respond to the given words.

Three further poems are on offer, as well as two short stories, so that we can expect another stimulating and intense session.


Mug of the Month:

  1. Christmas Magic Elizabeth Hannon
  2. Electrodes Kathleen Phelan
  3. Frankly Speaking Nollaig O’Donnell
  4. Little Birds James Conway
  5. Nature Trip Anne Murray
  6. Retired Mary Hodson
  7. Swinging Anne MacManus
  8. Watch and Plan Jutta Rosen
  9. Playing with Fire Frank Fahy
  10. A Loyal England Fan Mary Rose Tobin

Short Story The Alpine Air Frank Fahy

Short Story Gradual Reintroduction Brian Ferguson

Poem The Marathon Brian Ferguson

Poem Flood and Fire Richard O’Donnell

Poem A Question without an Answer Kathleen Phelan

WOWO 17 November 2022

After last week’s interesting and instructive presentation of ‘Character Description and Development’ sketches by our members, and Frank’s guidelines excerpted from ‘Story Genius’ by Lisa Cron (2016 Ten Speed Press, Berkeley), a new challenge is due on Thursday: ‘Writing a Love Scene’! Seven brave people have taken the plunge, opened their hearts and entered their results. It promises to be an unusual and particularly tingling session!

Third time lucky for Frank Fahy’s short story: ‘Love Story – The Story Snatcher’? Though scheduled in the two previous sessions, lack of time thwarted its presentation. In view of the coming evening’s challenge, it seems this story must get a hearing on Thursday!

Finally, after his beautiful poem last week, we can look forwarfd to two further items, a short story and a poem, by Brian Ferguson.

Reminder: The Mug of the Month deadline is looming: next Sunday is the 20th! The key words for your poem or text (max. 50 words excluding the title) are WATCH and PLAN



  1. Advice for a Bride Anne Murray
  2. What is Love? Mary Hodson
  3. Heirloom Kathleen Phelan
  4. When Love Came Between Them Geraldine Warren
  5. Love Scene Mary Rose Tobin
  6. Love Joanne Dowling
  7. Perfect End to a Busy Day Anne Murray
  8. London Lights Mary Hodson
  9. Love Scene Seamus Keogh

Short Story Love Story – The Story Snatcher Frank Fahy

Short Story Gradual Reintroduction Brian Ferguson

Poem The Marathon Brian Ferguson

WOWO 10 November 2022

This week we continue with the new series of Write-On Challenges. The set task was to write a character description of no more than 100 words. We look forward to interesting and enlightening examples of this technique.

A futher challenge for next week will also be introduced and explained. Using the Write-On Sessions to broaden our writing skills is a welcome addition to our range of activities on Thursday nights!

The MOTM deadline is November 20, with the keywords WATCH and PLAN, which allow a myriad number of interpretations.



  1. Character development Anne Murray
  2. Character development Jutta Rosen
  3. Character development Kathleen Phelan
  4. Character development Mary Hodson
  5. Character development Celia Scully
  6. Character development Geraldine Warren
  7. Character development James Conway
  8. Character development Mary Rose Tobin

Short Story The Story Snatcher Frank Fahy

Discussion Writing intimate scenes in poetry, short stories and novels All members

WOWO 3 November 2022

After the close contest for Mug of the Month last week, this week sees a new challenge: What Happened on Tuesday? The Tuesday in question being the day before the Beatles’ teenager left home on ‘Wednesday morning at five o’clock’. Her parents had given her ‘everything money could buy’, so what made her leave? Answers were requested in the form of a text no longer than 2000 words, and the five entries will be presented tonight. An interesting challenge to look forward to!

Left over from last week is Michael O’Dowd’s video about Charlotte Brontë’s honeymoon. In addition we have three poems, including two by our new member Kathleen Phelan, a short story by Frank Fahy, and a follow-up to the popular new exercise on writing techniques.

We can look forward to an intensive, entertaining and instructive session.


Non-Fiction Charlotte Brontë Honeymoon – Video Michael O’Dowd

Challenge 1 The Sound of Silence Anne Murray

Challenge 2 Two Shillings Jutta Rosen

Challenge 3 Castledictat Kathleen Phelan

Challenge 4 What Happened on Tuesday Mary Hodson

Challenge 5 Far Away Hills Mary Rose Tobin

Poem End of the Yellow Brick Road Kathleen Phelan

Short Story The Story Snatcher Frank Fahy

Poem Workhouse Child Kathleen Phelan

Poem Like Magnetic Stars James Conway

Discussion Writing Exercise: ‘Character Development’ Frank Fahy